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Winter Weekend programme 2018

Event 1

Whiffeldy

The Opening Night Ceilidh

Venue: Festival Tent

A dance party for everyone to open the Winter Weekend celebrations. No country dancing experience necessary. Being up for a good time is essential.

Adult
£7.00
 
 
Under 18's
£4.00
 
 

Event 2

Mid-Wales Opera

L’Heure Espagnole

Venue: St Mary’s Church

First performed in Paris in 1911, Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole is set in a clock shop in Toledo, central Spain. It follows the fortunes of Torquemada, the hard-working clockmaker as, during the course of one hot afternoon, his young wife Concepción negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers. Ravel’s music is bursting with hummable melodies, lively habanera dances and other Spanish folk song elements to get audiences buzzing. This is opera for everyone. In the second half of the evening, our musicians and singers will present an eclectic and entertaining taste of Spain – with some old favourites and new delights to enjoy.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event 3

Helen Parr and Cedric Delves in conversation with Arthur Denaro

Across an Angry Sea/Our Boys

Venue: Festival Tent

The book Across an Angry Sea: The SAS in The Falklands War is an account of Special Forces actions by Lieutenant General Sir Cedric Delves, who commanded D Company, 22 SAS in the South Atlantic. Parr's Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper is partly about the Falklands War itself and the terrible things that the Paras endured, and the terrible things that some of them did, but it is also about the white working class of the 1970s and why some men born into this class ended up marching across an island that most of them had never heard of. Delves commanded the SAS at every level before becoming Commander of the Field Army. Parr is a Hennessy Award-winning historian who teaches International Relations at Keele University. Chaired by Major General Arthur Denaro.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 4

Tree ID Walk

Venue: Meet at Woodland Trust Stand

A gentle walk around Hay town with Woodland Trust expert Derek Wright, identifying the trees we have growing among the houses and streets of the town.

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Tree ID Walk

Event 5

Andrew Roberts

Churchill: Walking With Destiny

Venue: Festival Tent

The award-winning historian introduces his masterwork Churchill: Walking With Destiny, a landmark reconsideration of the iconic war leader based on Roberts’ exclusive access to extensive new material, from private diaries and letters to detail from war cabinet meetings.

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 6

Christmas Crafts and Procession

Venue: Hay Public Library

Create your own colourful Christmas lantern to light up the festive season and then join our Hay Festival Winter Weekend procession at 5.30pm from Hay Public Library to the Market Square, led by a special guest, who will then turn on the Christmas lights. 

£2 for cost of materials

Family event
Drop in - no ticket required
Christmas Crafts and Procession

Event 7

Mark Urban talks to Rosie Boycott

The Skripal Files

Venue: Festival Tent

"With regard to traitors, they will kick the bucket on their own, I assure you . . . Whatever thirty pieces of silver those people may have gotten, they will stick in their throat” - Vladimir Putin, 2010. The explosive story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the new spy war between the West and Russia, based on hours of exclusive interviews Skripal gave before his near-death with number one bestselling author Mark Urban, diplomatic and defence editor for BBC Newsnight.

Price: £10.00
 
 
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Mark Urban talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 8

Mary Portas

Work Like A Woman

Venue: Festival Tent

Mary Portas is one of the UK’s most high profile businesswomen. She transformed Harvey Nichols, runs her own consultancy, made a career in TV (Mary Queen of Shops) and advised the Government on the future of High Streets. Today she talks candidly about her life and work and about how, after years of playing the business game, she rebuilt her business on the values that mattered to her. Don’t miss her advice on how to make the way we work better. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Mary Portas

Event 9

Lighting up Hay

Venue: Cheese Market/Memorial

See Hay transformed into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer as the Christmas Lights are switched on. A lantern procession from Hay Public Library brings Kate Humble to the Cheese Market, to the sounds of children singing carols, where you will find chestnuts roasting, mince pies a-plenty and mulled wine, and more than 20 local business stalls in the marquee.

FREE, JUST TURN UP
Lighting up Hay

Event 10

Kate Humble

Wayfaring Special: Thinking on My Feet

Venue: Festival Tent

"I've discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement." Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Kate Humble

Event 11

Marcus Brigstocke

Devil May Care

Venue: Festival Tent

A new stand-up show from the multi-award winning comedian.

Snowflake, Nazi, Remoaner, Trot, Libtard, Brextremist, Feminazi, Piers Morgan...
As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? Brigstocke is a master of satirical comedy with an impressive list of TV credits including his role as team captain on Argumental and as host of The Late Edition and BBC4’s I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. “Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it.” – Telegraph

14+ (parental guidance; swearing and adult content likely)
Price: £15.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
Marcus Brigstocke

Event 12

Richard Williams

Nosferatu: screening with organ music

Venue: St Mary’s Church

Father Richard Williams, the extraordinarily gifted organist, composer and vicar of St Mary's Church in Hay, performs his stunning live accompaniment to FW Murnau’s classic, silent, 1922 Dracula movie Nosferatu, using the church's outstanding Bevington organ. 

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Richard Williams

Event 14

Andrew Green

Wales in 100 Objects

Venue: Festival Tent

A riveting adventure across thousands of years of Welsh history through 100 physical objects selected by Andrew Green, former National Librarian of Wales. From an iron sword dating back to first century AD Roman rule, to a Laura Ashley dress from the 1980s and Raspberry Pi, the revolutionary coding computer for children first produced in Wales.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 15

Flying Pig Cookery School

Indian cookery class 1

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

This is a fun, hands-on cookery class for children who will learn to make vegetarian Indian street-style snacks from scratch. They will experiment with different spices and use a range of cooking techniques. All ingredients are included and packaging to take away the delicious creations, along with a recipe card to make again at home.

Ages 6-8 (children must be accompanied by an adult; no adult ticket is required)
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Event 16

Christmas Crafts

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop, upstairs

Create your own colourful Christmas lantern to light up the festive season.

£2 for cost of materials

Family event
Drop in - no ticket required
Christmas Crafts

Event 17

Mousecastle Woods Walk

Venue: Meet at Woodland Trust Stand

Join Woodland Trust expert Derek Wright on a four-mile walk from Hay to the motte and bailey castle on top of Mousecastle Woods. The walk involves some strenuous uphill sections, and stout shoes are required. It will take two-three hours, depending on stops to talk about the trees, and weather conditions. Numbers are limited.

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Event 18

Horatio Clare

Winter Wayfaring

Venue: Festival Tent

In his extraordinary travelogue Something of his Art: Walking to Lübeck with J S Bach, Clare recreates the walk that J S Bach, then an unknown composer and organ teacher, made in the depths of winter in 1705 across Germany to Lübeck. This was the pivotal point in the young composer’s life, when he began his journey to becoming the master of the Baroque. Clare’s second 2018 publication is The Light in The Dark: a moving and lyrical evocation of a British winter and the feelings it inspires. The writer raises a torch against the darkness, illuminating the blackest corners of the season, and delving into memory and myth to explore the powerful hold that winter has on us. Chaired by Dylan Moore.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Horatio Clare

Event 19

Father Christmas

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop

Sledge your way over to meet Santa and his book elves.

Drop in - no ticket required

Event 20

Flying Pig Cookery School

Indian cookery class 2

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

This is a fun, hands-on cookery class for children who will learn to make vegetarian Indian street-style snacks from scratch. They will experiment with different spices and use a range of cooking techniques. All ingredients are included and packaging to take away the delicious creations, along with a recipe card to make again at home.

Ages 9-12 (children may be accompanied by an adult; no adult ticket is required)
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Event 21

Simon Jenkins

From Pericles to Putin: A Short History of Europe

Venue: Festival Tent

Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. Jenkins tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom – a story that twists and turns from Greece and Rome, through the Middle Ages, Reformation and French Revolution, to the two World Wars and the present day. He celebrates Europe’s makers – from Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc to Wellington and Angela Merkel, as well as cultural figures from Aristotle to Shakespeare and Picasso. 

Price: £10.00
 
 
Simon Jenkins