Festive magic for all the family, 25–27 November 2016

We are currently working on the programme for this year's Winter Weekend and look forward to sharing it with you in the Autumn.

Last year's event was a great success with a weekend of wondrous stories and roaring fires, great investigation, rigorous debate and great company. 

Andrew Miller presented his new novel The Crossing, Fflur Dafydd discussed the film adaptation of her novel Y Llyfrgell (The Library) with the actress Catrin Stewart (Dr Who, Stella). Misha Glenny revealed gang culture in Rio. Bruce Robinson nailed the identity of London's serial killer in They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper. Phil Rickman introduced his new Merrily Watkins mystery Friends of the Dusk set in Hereford and talked about the ITV series of his Midwinter of the Spirit. Rob Penn is The Man who Made Things Out of Trees and talked about woodcraft and ancient skills.

We had a packed programme of workshops and events for teenagers including Linda Davies introducing her gripping medieval tale Longbow Girl, prize-winning Jenny Valentine's new novel Fire Colour One and Horatio Clare's Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot. Catherine Barr presented her new book for younger children Elliot's Arctic Surprise where you children learnt why it matters if the ice melts. 

If you missed the events or would like to find out more please read the short reports from events below. 

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Croeso i Benwythnos Gaeaf Gŵyl y Gelli rhif 16 a chychwyn yr Adfent yn y Gelli. Pa un ai ydych chi'n ymweld am y tro cyntaf neu'n ymwelydd rheolaidd, estynnwn groeso cynnes i chi i benwythnos yn llawn hwyl, straeon, cerddoriaeth a chwmni da. Edrychwn ymlaen at eich gweld chi yma.

  • christmas lights

    Hay Christmas Lights

    The lights will be turned on at 7pm on Friday 27 November by the Head Teacher of Hay Primary School, Fiona Howard. The school and local choirs will sing before the ceremony begins. There will be mulled wine and mince pies, local shops selling Christmas treats, and a festival ticket stall.

  • hay food festival

    Hay Food Festival

    During the Winter Weekend, on Saturday 28 November, Hay Food Festival will take place in Hay's Market Square, with over 40 exhibitors and music alongside an arts and crafts fair in the Butter Market.

  • Hay vintage wonder town

    Hay Does Vintage

    On Sunday 29 November, from 10.30 - 4pm, Hay Does Vintage will be in town with their ‘Vintage Wonder Town’ Fayre. Visit the Market Square, Cheese Market and Butter Market for an abundance of vintage and retro stalls.

  • comedy and music

    Music & Comedy

    This year we have the return of amazing Thrill Collins, delightfully daft Mark Simmons and lovely chill-out music from Fflur Dafydd and The May Birds.


2015 highlights

  • Paul Mason
  • Flora Fraser
  • Rob Penn
  • Max Arthur
  • David Lovelace
  • Ric Rawlins
  • Mark Simmons
  • Bruce Robinson
  • Horatio Clare
  • David Crystal
  • and many more exciting events...
Hay Festival Winter Weekend