Festival extras

  • Hay Festival Bookshop

    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

    HAYDAYS 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.