Hay Festival's first Sports Day

To mark this Olympic year, we present our first ever Hay Festival Sports Day on Wednesday 29 May. Worlds collide as leading thinkers join sports stars for a showcase of creative talent, an exploration of the Olympic spirit and its classical roots.

Fencing Cymru drop-in workshop
Lee Craigie

Get active with us

Join our free, drop-in activities around the site, or book for an off-site adventure!

You can try a variety of free sporting activities on the Festival site throughout the day, such as fencing with Fencing Cymru, badminton and football.

Join Polly Clark of Mountain Yoga Breaks and Lee Craigie of The Adventure Syndicate for an off-site mountain biking session. Clark and Craigie are passionate about showing more people, especially women, that mountain biking is for them. See events on Wednesday 29 May at 10am–12pm and 2pm–4pm.

Come for a wild swim with adventure specialist Angela Jones, author of Wild Swimming the River Wye. Learn about protecting and respecting the river, and gain a wealth of knowledge on acclimation and technique. Wild swimming sessions take place throughout the week.