Festival site extras

This content relates to Hay Festival 2017 and will be updated soon

The Festival Site is free to enter and is packed with stalls, exhibitors and activities.

You will find our fantastic bookshop where you can buy festival books and meet your favourite authors, to vintage clothing, handmade jewellery and trees to plant from the Woodland Trust.

Our glorious gardens provide the perfect place for you to relax with a book and there is plenty to keep young children busy at our Make and Take and Mess Tents, where glitter, glue, paint and sticky cakes reign supreme.

You will find many other free activities and workshops on the festival site from BBC and RSPB events to talks in the Compass venue. Some events still require booking in advance so please remember to check the programme for more details.

Hay Festival Bookshop

This year, the bookshop will be even bigger, with plenty of room to relax and browse. We will be stocking all books by authors attending the Festival, and holding book signings after almost every event. Please note that only one book per person that is not purchased from us can be accepted for signature. We are open from 9am daily.

BBC Radio 3’s Sound Walk

From 2pm, Monday 29 May

In a Hay-clusive, Radio 3 will be bringing a distinctive blend of ‘slow radio’ to Hay audiences with a four-hour-long immersive broadcast of a walk from the Black Mountains to Hay with music, poetry and moments of reflection from writer Horatio Clare. ‘Slow radio’ is similar to the ‘slow television’ tradition and often comprises single broadcasts of ambient or transcendental music with speech that help listeners to relax and take time out. Hay visitors will have the chance to listen to the broadcast of Sound Walk on Monday 29 May from 2-6pm. Visit the BBC Tent any time from 1.45pm to collect headphones. Alternatively, pop along at any time after the broadcast and you’ll be able to listen at your leisure throughout the festival. Visit the BBC Tent for more information.

Illustration Hot Desk in Make and Take Tent

Come and see wonderful illustrators such as Chris Riddell at work every day in the Make and Take tent and find out what it’s like to be a working illustrator. See who’s in residence each day on the chalkboard outside the Make and Take tent and check it out on #hayillustrates

British Council Illustrator in Residence

Hay Festival is pleased to welcome Kamila Slocinska from Aarhus, Denmark, as British Council Illustrator in Residence. Kamila will work on the festival site creating work inspired by events, people and conversations, and you can visit her at the Illustration Hot Desk in the Make and Take Tent in the HAYDAYS courtyard. Her new work, created at Hay Festival, will be shown at the International Children’s Hay Festival in Aarhus, Denmark from 26–29 October 2017.

AARHUS39: Quests and Odysseys in the Summerhouse

Exhibition of international children’s illustrators, commissioned to create original work for the Aarhus39 anthologies celebrating 39 young writers for children and teenagers from across Europe, on the theme of ‘journey’, in the Summerhouse on the Hay Festival site. Among these are Axel Scheffler, Benji Davies, Chris Riddell and Kamila Slocinska. Please call by to view. Open all day every day (except occasional private functions.

Morning Iyengar Yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

8.30am–9.30pm CUBE £7.30

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is a safe yoga practice for all ages and abilities. Cori and Pete Norton are certified Iyengar teachers and run regular classes in Hay. Mats are provided, wear comfortable clothing.

Hay Festival Wine Club Tastings

8.30pm Monday 29, Wednesday 31 May, Friday 2 June, Festival Food Hall

The Hay Festival Wine Club in partnership with Southern Wines Ltd is hosted by Simon Leschallas. The three subjects will be Vondeling wines from South Africa, fortified wines, sherries and ports for the summer, and rosé and white wines for those balmy summer days and evenings. The Hay Festival Food Hall and its full range of food outlets will be open throughout the evening for you to enjoy a bite before or after the tasting session.

Hay Festival Craft Beer Club Tastings

8.30pm Tuesday 30, Thursday 1, Saturday 3 June, Festival Food Hall

Join Hay’s craft beer gurus Beer Revolution for a fun tasting session. Sample treats from some of the breweries and cider houses that are putting the area on the UK foodie map. The Hay Festival Food Hall and its full range of food outlets will be open throughout the evening for you to enjoy a bite before or after the tasting session. Beer Revolution is also sponsoring Miracle Brew–A Journey into the Four Ingredients of Beer with writer Pete Brown at 7pm on Tuesday 30 May.

Hereford College of Arts

Once again Hereford College of Arts enriches the Hay Festival programme this year with workshops run by BA Illustration students and staff from animation, illustration, photography and textiles departments. You will see illustrations and artwork all around the site produced by the students and commissioned by the Festival to celebrate Hay 30. The Performing Arts Department is collaborating with writer Nicola Davies and Open Sky Theatre to produce 3000 Chairs, an uplifting performance about the power of kindness and empathy in the face of war and displacement.


Acorn Property Group

Acorn Property Group is an independent development and regeneration company that has for more than 20 years successfully created a range of residential refurbishment and new-build schemes. With offices in London, Bristol, Cardiff, the South and South West of England, we specialise in bespoke developments to meet the local community’s needs. Established in 1995, Acorn has a strong focus on the provision of interesting, complementary and sustainable architecture that adds quality to its immediate environment. The company is proud to have a countrywide portfolio including urban and rural locations, brownfield and greenfield sites, new-build and conversions, including listed buildings and numerous residential and commercial mixed-use sites. Bookers Edge, coming soon to Hay-on-Wye, will include a bespoke collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes bordered by open countryside and within walking distance of the town centre.

Visit acornpropertygroup.org, follow @AcornPG, email sales@acornpg.org or call 029 2010 0650.

Bonne Maman Desserts

Bonne Maman’s new range of delicious desserts are made to simple, timeless French recipes, using the finest ingredients. Come and try a luscious Strawberry Mousse or Chocolate Mousse, made with just fresh cream and whole milk plus gently simmered strawberries or fine cocoa and then whisked together to make little pots of Bonne Maman perfection.


Cats Protection

Cats Protection Sponsorship is truly rewarding. Whomever you buy the sponsorship for, it offers a wonderful way to show that you care. Sponsors receive a welcome pack and regular updates on how their support is assisting the charity.

helpline@cats.org.uk; cats.org.uk

Christ College, Brecon

Independent Boarding and Day Education for Boys and Girls aged 7–18 years. At Christ College, education is about learning with enthusiasm and enjoyment; living and growing in a culture where every individual counts and where staff and pupils are passionate about what they do. It is about challenges and adventures of every sort – all conducted around our inspiring campus on the outskirts of Brecon.

Please visit christcollegebrecon.com for details.

Educational Play

Beautiful handmade wooden equipment is supplied by Educational Play, a sister company of The Playhouse Company. Based in Hereford, this family-run business was founded 20 years ago and manufacturers a wide range of wooden products for schools and nurseries. Educational Play is delighted to provide a Little Chunky Castle as well as a Classroom Loft for children to enjoy over the Festival.

Please visit theplayhousecompany.co.uk; 01544 387 100.

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint

Edward Bulmer Natural Paint is a Herefordshire-based company producing a range of natural paints in 72 beautiful colours. Their paint is unique because they use only natural pigments. Edward has used only 12 pigments used by artists for centuries to create a range which is tonally harmonious. They de-clare all their ingredients and do not use toxic chemicals – so causing no nasty headaches or allergic re-actions. The paints are as durable and easy to use as acrylic, plastic alternatives; in fact, only two coats are needed. The paint is healthy for everyone, the home and the environment. They are happy to dis-cuss decorating needs and are happy to help.

info@edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk; edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk; 01544 388535

Farmers’ Welsh Lavender

Farmers’ Welsh Lavender make body creams and balms high in the hills of Wales, half an hour by car from Hay-on-Wye. In 2003 journalist Nancy Durham and philosopher Bill Newton-Smith decided to see if lavender would grow on their windswept hillside at 1,100 feet. It did, and the oil they distil on the farm is the unique ingredient in many of their products. They’re bringing their farm shop to the festival filled with their beautifully made, luxurious products and other delightful objects made in Wales, plus a few from their travels beyond. Farmers’ Welsh Lavender can be found across the UK, and internationally in a range of independent stores in Europe and North America.

welshlavender.com; Facebook Farmers' Welsh Lavender; follow @welshlavender; 01982 552 467.


Greenpeace works to defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions

greenpeace.co.uk; 020 7865 8100 / 0800 269 065

Hannibal Brown Wines

Hannibal Brown offers artisan wines from all over the world, with an emphasis on organic and ethical winemaking. Their wines will be available to try before you buy throughout the Festival. We also provide a unique label design and personalisation service; using your photos, images or company logos, we will design you a bespoke wine label on the wine of your choice. This service is available while you wait. Hay Festival visitors will be able to take advantage of a special festival discounted rate. Hannibal Brown delivers nationwide daily and worldwide with no minimum order requirement.

hannibalbrown.com; personalisedwinedesign.co.uk

Hay Does Vintage and Vintage Tramp

On site for the fifth consecutive year, Kelli and Jo join forces again and look forward to welcoming old and new friends to their boutique. Visit Hay Does Vintage to rummage through the rails in search of glorious one-off treasures. Find plenty of clothes, accessories and jewellery with Jo (Hay Does Vintage) and Kelli (Vintage Tramp).

Follow events on Facebook haydoesvintage or Twitter and @vintagetramp

Mari Thomas Jewellery

Mari Thomas is an award-winning Welsh designer-jeweller, producing beautiful collections inspired by language and landscape. She works in solid sterling silver and gold. Designs range from Champagne bubbles to snippets of poetry etched onto the jewellery.

www.marithomas.com; Facebook marithomasjewellery; @MariTJewellery; info@marithomas.com; 01558 660 001

Mark Stephens Furniture

Mark Stephens Furniture is delighted to exhibit on Hay Festival's 30th anniversary year. Please come and see examples of our individually designed and locally made furniture, contemporary yet timeless and enduring. Using only the highest quality materials, sustainable timbers and veneers we design furniture for discerning individuals. Commissions range from occasional tables to whole room sets.

Email markstephensfurn@aol.com; Web www.markstephensfurniture.co.uk; Tel 07771 782 621 / 01874 625 900

Mid Wales My Way

Mid Wales My Way is delighted to be part of the 30th Anniversary of Hay Festival. Hay is the beautifully formed gateway to mid Wales where the handsome Wye Valley leads you through glorious landscapes. After the thrill of an uplifting walk or bike ride where you will be enchanted by dramatic views, why not descend to a welcoming pub or restaurant to experience the mouth-watering tastes of the region? Mid Wales is renowned for friendly people and here you can discover legendary stories and come away with very special memories. Mid Wales has its own dragon legend and you may spot Magical Wyn at the Festival enjoying a rare break from his sleeping place deep within our mighty Welsh mountains.

Please visit stand 4 to take part in our competition or find out more at MidWalesMyWay.com or call 01597 827 657

Mae ‘Mid Wales My Way’ yn falch o fod yn rhan o Ben-blwydd Gŵyl y Gelli yn 30 oed.

Mae’r Gelli’n borth hyfryd i Ganolbarth Cymru. Yma, mae Dyffryn hardd Gwy yn rhoi cipolwg o’r rhyfeddodau syfrdanol sydd i ddod o amgylch y mynydd creigiog nesaf. Ar ôl mwynhau taith gerdded neu daith ar gefn beic cewch eich syfrdanu gan y golygfeydd dramatig o’ch blaenau yn yr ucheldiroedd eang; ac yna ymlwybrwch i fangre cysurus am lymaid i brofi danteithion yr ardal. Mae Canolbarth Cymru’n enwog am bobl gyfeillgar a chroeso cynnes. Yma, gallwch ddarganfod storïau chwedlonol a chreu eich atgofion unigryw eich hunan.

Cofiwch alw heibio stondin 4 i gymryd rhan yn ein cystadleuaeth neu ewch i MidWalesMyWay.com i ddarganfod rhagor.

Mae gan Ganolbarth Cymru ei Chwedl ei hun am Ddraig, efallai gwelwch Wyn yn yr Ŵyl yn mwynhau egwyl brin o’i wâl gysglyd yn nwfn yn ein mynyddoedd cadarn Cymreig.


Visit the Oxfam Bookshop at Hay – you’ll find it packed with great books, cards, CDs and more. From contemporary fiction to history, cookery to children’s titles, we’ve got it covered. Better still, every purchase helps poor communities around the world. Buy just three books and Oxfam could give a youngster a school kit including pens, books, paper and classroom equipment – everything they need to go to school.

Persimmon Homes

We are an exciting house builder, building new homes across East Wales, Newent & Hay-on-Wye. Readers Retreat is our new collection of homes in Hay-on-Wye. With a mix of new two, three and four bedroom house styles, the development is ideal for first time buyers through to families looking for more space.

Contact Sarah Foulkes (Marketing Coordinator) on 01443 445 375; www.persimmonhomes.com/readers-retreat-10676

Prospect Magazine

Prospect brings together the sharpest minds on the ideas that define the modern world. What results is an entertaining and informative magazine combining compelling argument and clear-headed analysis. At Hay Festival 2017 you can try 3 issues for £1 and receive a free bottle of wine.

Visit our stand for more information, visit prospectmagazine.co.uk or follow @prospect_uk

Quakers in Britain

Quakers are a faith group committed to working towards equality, simplicity and peace. Visit us at the Festival to find out more about our history and our work on issues from equal marriage to forced migration. We have activities for children, resources for all ages, and people ready to chat. Or just come and experience some valuable silence.

www.quaker.org.uk; outreach@quaker.org.uk; QuakersinBritain; @knowmorequakers; 020 7663 1017.

RSPB Cymru

Come and chat to the RSPB team and find out more about Wales’ fantastic wildlife. We’ll have a hive of activity on our stand as well as some fun family-friendly events, as we find out what creatures are hiding under the logs and long grass in our wild garden. We’ll also be hosting a special event on 31 May as we delve deeper into the State of Nature 2016 report, with guests who will discuss the future of farming in Wales post- Brexit.

For further details about our work visit rspb.org.uk/wales ; cymru@rspb.org.uk; 029 2035 3000.

Dewch i gael sgwrs gyda thîm yr RSPB i weld sut gallech chi ddarganfod byd natur rhyfeddol Cymru. Bydd ein stondin yn llawn o weithgareddau difyr a bydd gennym ni ddigwyddiadau hwyl i’r teulu wrth i ni weld pa greaduriaid sy’n cuddio o dan y boncyffion a glaswellt hir ein gardd wyllt. Rydym hefyd yn edrych ymlaen at gynnal digwyddiad arbennig ar 31 Mai wrth i ni edrych yn fwy manwl ar adroddiad Sefyllfa Byd Natur 2016, gyda gwestai arbennig fydd yn trafod dyfodol ffermio yng Nghymru ar ôl Brexit.

Am fanylion pellach am ein gwaith ewch i rspb.org.uk/wales ; cymru@rspb.org.uk; 029 2035 3000.

RSPB Cymru Workshops

Sunday 28, Monday 29 May and Saturday 3, Sunday 4 June, 11.30–12.30 RSPB stand

Minibeast Safari and Treasure Hunt
Ready for an adventure? Grab your nets and pots and come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding under the leaves, logs and in the long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a colour collage.
Family event, sign up at RSPB stand before the event, 30 people maximum.

Serious Readers

Home of the world’s best reading lights, Serious Readers has over 250,000 fans in more than 60 countries around the globe. Owners of Serious Readers’ lights include authors, surgeons, MPs, judges, academics and royalty – wherever a great mind needs a great light, you will find Serious Readers.


The Great English Outdoors and Still Ethical

Buy from us with confidence and choose from our carefully sourced selection of wonderful clothing, Welsh blankets, useful but beautiful objects for the home, all from our well known shop in Hay, The Great English Outdoors. Joining us is Still Ethical, a unique clothing and homeware collection. Designer Sophie Mason works in close collaboration with artisans in India and Nepal, exploring her passion for handcrafted textiles.

greatenglish.co.uk; 01497 821 205. stillethical.com; 07983 552 217

Woodland Trust

We want to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife – join us to discover how planting a tree can make a difference. Come along to meet our friendly team and learn about our Charter for trees, woods and people that we will launch later this year, to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest. And you can spend some time relaxing in a deckchair in the garden by the ancient tree.

woodland trust.org.uk ; enquiries@woodlandtrust.org.uk

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