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

We are thrilled to present our Hay Festival Winter Weekend programme to our Festival Friends only for the next three days.

Welcome to our Winter Weekend and the start of Advent in Hay. Whether you’re coming for the first time or the 17th time, please join us to share stories, music and great company, and to conjure some warming and joyful festival spirit. We have programmed an exciting array of events for you including Ben Fogle on Land Rovers, Daisy Goodwin on Victoria, Nic Compton on the shipping forecast.

Laugh your Christmas socks off with Mark Watson stand-up, the Scummy Mummies talking about less than perfect parenting and Andy Hamilton on his Star Witness novel.

Dance away the Winter chills with The Ben Baddoo Afrobeat Band or simply cuddle up and listen to Flauguissimo Duo or Nuala Honan.

Over the weekend the Box Office is in The Swan Hotel, where books by all the authors are available in the Festival Bookshop. We also have four great exhibitors with more gift ideas - Black Mountain Roast, Farmers Welsh Lavender, RSPB Wales and the Woodland Trust.

We look forward to seeing you here.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend
Main photo: Adam Tatton-Reid

Croeso i Benwythnos Gaeaf Gŵyl y Gelli rhif 17 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.

  • Meet Father Christmas

    Father Christmas

    Sledge your way over to Richard Booth’s Bookshop on Saturday 26 November, 12–3pm to meet Santa in his bookish Grotto sleigh.

  • christmas lights

    Hay Christmas Lights

    The magical lights will be turned on at 6.15pm on Friday 25 November. Local choirs will sing and there will be mulled wine and mince pies, and late opening for shops selling Christmas treats.

  • hay food festival

    Hay Food Festival

    On Saturday 26 November from 10am to 4pm, Hay Food Festival takes place in the Market Square, with more than 40 exhibitors, music, and a crafts fair in the Butter Market. There’s a feast of delicious local produce to taste and buy for Christmas presents.

  • Hay vintage wonder town

    Hay Does Vintage

    On Sunday 27 November, from 10.30 - 4pm, our clothing and costume treasures will be in town with their wonderful vintage fair. Visit the Market Square, Cheese Market and Butter Market for an abundance of vintage and retro stalls.


2016 highlights

Hay Festival Winter Weekend