Hay Town and Local Walks

There are many more events taking place in and around Hay during Hay Festival, from markets and pop-up exhibitions to farm visits and local guided walks.


25, 26, 27 May, 10am–5.30pm, Hay Memorial Square

Enjoy a free weekend street party with live music, food, children’s activities and a vintage market in the centre of Hay. Taking place in Memorial Square, with the historic Hay Castle as a backdrop, Broadsheep’s Pete Mustill presents a back-to-back programme of live music from some of the best acts across the region, including The Ruckstop Honeymoon, The Brass Funkeys, Slippery Slope, The Boogiemen and Little Rumba. 


23 & 30 May, 9am–3pm, Memorial Square, Clock Tower, Buttermarket

Trading for more than 700 years, Hay Market is a vibrant local market held in the centre of Hay every Thursday. With over 40 stalls covering a diverse and eclectic range of products, from hot food and local produce to unusual antiques, the ‘best day in Hay’ has something for everyone.


24, 28, 29 & 31 May, 9am–5pm, Cheese Market Hall

Hay’s weekly vintage market sells a range of retro clothing, from 1950s tea dresses to colourful Converse footwear, together with vintage accessories, collectibles and homewares.


1 June, 9am–5pm, Cheese Market Hall

The Saturday Market offers homemade pastries, cakes and treats, locally grown fruit and vegetables, African rugs and baskets, jewellery for every occasion, handspun yarns and woollen items.


29 May 9am and at 10.30am, St Mary's Church, Cusop, HR3 5RQ

Throughout Hay Festival, Cusop Church - which is short walk across the fields from Hay - offers you a breathing space. A series of spaces for reflection both inside and outside the church will encourage you to imagine the world and your place in it. On Wednesday 29 May at 9am, and again at 10.30am, join Mark Godson (priest and mindfulness practitioner) for an hour to explore how breathing space develops an ever-deepening awareness to our experiences of mind and body. These sessions are free of charge. Coffee and pastries will be available. Location here.


Thursday 23 May to Sunday 2 June, daily from 10.30am
Meet at the Hay Festival official bus stop, site lay-by

Take a direct shuttle bus tour from Hay Festival to the unique, rural exhibition site of Randan Stables Gallery. Nine British and international artists bring their work from Chicago, Isle of Wight, London, Scotland and Shanghai to Hay Festival 2019: Stephen Lewis, Gina Medcalf, Mali Morris RA, Freya Perdue, Christine Stark, Fraser Taylor, Joel Tomlin, Naomi Van Holbutt Kirk, Min Zhao. The artists will be on site and working in residence during the tours. Previously a Welsh mountain pony stud, this local exhibition site has been transformed from farm to gallery for the 11-day period of the Festival. Visit this unique exhibition to experience contemporary painting and sculpture from award-winning established and emerging artists and relax in a truly beautiful setting. All artwork for sale. Prices on request. For further information on booking your Hay Festival shuttle bus visit randanstables.gallery/pov.

No dogs. Please wear appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing. Light refreshments available. In association with Hay Festival 2019.


There is a range of walks programmed throughout the Festival for you to enjoy. You can visit farms and sawmills, trek with a writer on Wayfaring walks or explore the local area on our Mountain Warehouse Walk Series. All the walks are detailed within the main programme – please visit hayfestival.org to book tickets.