Festival site extras
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
follow @AcornPG, email
firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Follow events on Facebook
haydoesvintage or Twitter and
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.
email@example.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.
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.
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 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
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
@knowmorequakers; 020 7663 1017.
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
; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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
; email@example.com; 029 2035 3000.
Sunday 28, Monday 29 May and Saturday 3, Sunday 4 June, 11.30–12.30 RSPB
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.
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
821 205. stillethical.com;
07983 552 217
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 ;