Hay Festival Site is free to enter and is packed with activities. Exhibition stands include vintage clothing, Welsh blankets, Welsh-made jewellery, woodcraft, fresh farm lavender, organic wine and artisan cheeses.
Our glorious gardens provide the perfect place for you to relax with a book and there is plenty to keep young children busy at our Make and Take and the Mess tents where collage, glue and paint reign supreme.
You will find many other free events and workshops, from drop-in sessions at the new Wild Garden to talks in the Compass venue. Many events require booking in advance so please remember to check the programme for more details.
This year, the bookshop will be even bigger, with plenty of room to relax and browse. It will stock books by all the authors attending the Festival, as well as other relevant titles, and will host book signings as usual. This year there is a newly expanded children’s section. Please note that only one book per person that is not purchased from us can be accepted for signature. The Festival Bookshop is open from 9am daily.
Come and see wonderful artists 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.
Hay Festival is pleased to welcome Felipe Restrepo as British Council Writer in Residence. He is the editor of Gatopardo magazine in Mexico and writes a column for El Pais. In 2015 he edited the book The Sorrows of Mexico, winner of the English PEN Award. In 2016 he edited an anthology of narrative journalism published as Crónica. He is a contributor to Bogota 39, published in the UK at Hay Festival in May 2018, celebrating the very best fiction writers aged under 40 across Latin America. You can read Restrepo's reflections on Hay by visiting Hay Festival International Writers blog throughout the Festival.
New this year, Hay Festival hosts a gallery space which everyone is welcome to explore. Packed with great children’s illustrators of all ages, it is a visual treat and a chance to view your favourite characters up close. There will be a chance to see artists at work and an exhibition of the winners of the International Bologna Children’s Illustrators.
The Wild Garden on the Festival site will host workshops - including camp-fire cookery with Rooted Forest School and RSPB safaris and treasure hunts for which tickets must be booked; and drop-in activities from The Wildlife Trusts.
HCA degree students from different departments are bringing exciting and varied content to the Festival this year. Illustration and Textiles students are running workshops, Performing Arts and Design students are staging Little Black Fish, a Persian story, with giant puppets, about a little fish who dares to swim against the tide. Graphic Design students are creating motion graphics and animations, and Illustration students are creating a timeline on site. HCA staff are also running animation, projection mapping and life-drawing workshops.
Premium Herefordshire growers Colcombe House Asparagus and A.J & C.I Snell have teamed up to offer asparagus from fertile alluvial soils and freshly picked strawberries direct from their established family farms. Strawberries and cream, punnets of strawberries and bunches of asparagus will be available – a real taste of the British summer.
‘Bobbi Handmade’ Children’s Clothes are fully reversible and designed so children can get the most out of their clothes – in every sense! The focus is on the designs being functional and durable as well as fun and stylish. Buying handmade, British products shouldn’t only be an option for a select few – we like to make our high quality products as affordable as possible. We also constantly change our fabric ranges so each design isn’t around for long - meaning every piece is unique.
bobbihandmade.co.uk; 07817 327141
Bonne Maman’s new range of delicious desserts are made to simple, timeless French recipes, using the finest ingredients. Come and try a luscious Strawberry or Chocolate Mousse, made with fresh cream, whole milk and gently simmered strawberries or fine cocoa, whisked together to make little pots of perfection.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Its vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. How can you help? Sponsor a cat pen or take part in the weekly lottery.
New Spirit – Old Tradition. Exhilarating drinks derived from the bountiful hills of Wales.
These spirit drinks have been enhanced in the medieval country tradition of adding extra fruit, herbs and spices as pick-me-ups and stimulants, to produce magical elixirs.
celticspirit.co.uk; 01407 730021
This local artist and illustrator specialises in images inspired by the natural world. Her beautifully detailed work comes in the form of prints, cards, exquisite bone china, recycled glass and – new for 2018 – kitchen and dining room linens from beetles to butterflies, birds to bees.
clairevaughandesigns.co.uk; 01981 551 187
Colcombe House Ciders is an emerging craft producer founded by Kier Rogers. His award-winning ciders are finding their way into notable bars & restaurants across the country. Apples are hand-selected from his single estate orchards in Herefordshire.
Hay-based company offering oil, vinegar and more... Delicious Italian olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Herefordshire cold-pressed rapeseed oil and cider vinegar, English flavoured vinegars, exotic chilli oils, sauces and more available to taste and buy, along with a range of olive wood boards, platters and bowls.
Please visit www.dressingsup.com; 07780 784 696
The constantly evolving FARMERS' Welsh Lavender makes nourishing bodycare products in the hills of Wales, half an hour by car from Hay-on-Wye. In 2003, journalist Nancy Durham and philosopher Bill Newton-Smith decided to see if lavender would grow on their windswept hillside at 1,100 feet. It did, and the oil they distil on the farm is the unique ingredient in many of their products. New to the line this year is Face Cream. They’re bringing their farm shop to the festival filled with their creams and balms and their latest collection of FARMERS’ provisions including bags, mugs and other delightful objects made in Wales and beyond. FARMERS’ products can now be found around the world.
Greenpeace works to defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions.
greenpeace.co.uk; 020 7865 8100 / 0800 269 065
Hannibal Brown sells artisan wines from all over the world, with an emphasis on organic and ethical winemaking. Visit their stand and discover their unique literary theme, only available at the Hay Festival. Hannibal Brown also provides a bespoke label design and personalisation service; using your photos, images or company logos, they will design a wine label for you on the wine of your choice, while you wait. Hannibal Brown is offering Hay Festival visitors a special discounted rate, and delivers nationwide daily and worldwide with no minimum order requirement. All of their wines will be available to try before you buy.
On site for the sixth consecutive year, Kelli and Jo look forward to welcoming old and new friends to their boutique. Come and rummage through the rails in search of glorious one-off treasures. Find plenty of clothes, accessories and jewellery with Jo (Hay Does Vintage) and Kelli (Vintage Tramp).
Mari Thomas Jewellery is an award-winning Welsh designer-jeweller, producing beautiful collections inspired by language and landscape. She works in solid sterling silver and gold. Designs range from Champagne bubbles to snippets of poetry etched onto the jewellery.
www.marithomas.com; tel: 01558 660 001
Visit the Oxfam Bookshop on the festival site – you’ll find it packed with great books, cards and CDs. From contemporary fiction to history, cookery to children’s titles, they’ve got it covered. Better still, every purchase helps fight poverty now and beat it for good.
Prospect brings together the sharpest minds on the ideas that define the modern world. What results is an entertaining and informative magazine combining compelling argument and clear-headed analysis. At Hay Festival 2018 you can try three issues for £1 and receive a free bottle of wine.
Quakers are a faith group committed to working towards equality, simplicity, sustainability and peace. Visit their stand at the Festival to find out more about their history and work on issues from equal marriage to forced migration. They have activities for children, resources for all ages, and people ready to chat. Or just come and experience some valuable silence.
Come and chat to the RSPB team about Wales’ fantastic wildlife. The stand will be a hive of activity including plenty of family-friendly workshops. They will also be hosting a special event on 1 June in partnership with nature activist, Mary Colwell, who will be giving an illustrated talk on her book Curlew Moon alongside RSPB’s Global Conservation Director Martin Harper and Assembly Member Mark Isherwood, as we look towards a brighter future for our most endangered wildlife.
Dewch i gael sgwrs gyda thîm yr RSPB i ddarganfod mwy am fyd natur rhyfeddol Cymru. Bydd ein stondin yn llawn o weithgareddau difyr a llond trol o weithdai i’r teulu. Rydym hefyd yn edrych ymlaen at gynnal digwyddiad arbennig ar 1 Mehefin mewn partneriaeth gyda gweithredwraig byd natur, Mary Cowlell; law yn llaw â Chyfarwyddwr Cadwraeth Byd-Eang yr RSPB Martin Harper ac Aelod Seneddol Mark Isherwood wrth i ni edrych at ddyfodol gwell i’n bywyd gwyllt prin.
Home of the world’s best reading lights, Serious Readers has over 250,000 fans in more than 60 countries around the globe. Owners of Serious Readers’ lights include authors, surgeons, MPs, judges, academics and royalty – wherever a great mind needs a great light, you will find Serious Readers.
Snowdonia Cheese Company was established in 2001 with the aim of creating a new, premium product. Founded by dairy farmers, and today led by the sons of dairy farmers, their cheeses are hand-crafted with pride by dedicated cheesemakers, within an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Vast parts of Wales can now access fast fibre broadband thanks to Superfast Cymru. Find out how fibre Broadband can make your life super.
Buy with confidence and choose from a carefully sourced selection of wonderful clothing, Welsh blankets, useful but beautiful objects for the home, all from the well known shop in Hay, The Great English Outdoors. Come and help celebrate its 30th birthday, together with Still Ethical, a unique clothing and homeware collection. Designer Sophie Mason works in close collaboration with artisans in India and Nepal, exploring her passion for handcrafted textiles.
For more than a century, the TLS has been the leading international literary forum; now, it is the UK’s fastest growing weekly magazine, bringing the best writers and thinkers to bear on the most important books and ideas. Please do visit us in the Friends Café, where we’ll be glad to tell you more about who we are, what we do, and why it matters – plus goody bags, exclusive subscription offers and full access to the TLS app. For further details, go to the-tls.co.uk
The Woodland Trust wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees, for people and wildlife – join them to discover how planting a tree can make a difference. Meet the friendly team and learn about their ambition to plant 64 million trees by 2025 – one for every person in the UK.