Off Site Extras

Hay is a bustling town offering a huge variety of markets, fairs and special events during the Festival.

Hay Town Centre

WALKS

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 and explore the local area. All the walks are detailed within the main programme – please click here to book tickets.

HAY MARKET DAY

26 May & 2 June 9am–3pm, MEMORIAL SQUARE, CLOCK TOWER, BUTTERMARKET

Trading for more than 700 years, Hay Market is a vibrant weekly 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 crafts and unusual collectables, the ‘best day in Hay’ has something for everyone. haymarkets.co.uk

SATURDAY MARKET

28 May & 4 June, 10am–5pm, Hay Cheese Market

Weekly market with locally grown fruit and vegetables, African rugs and baskets, artisan jewellery, plant-dyed yarns and hand-knitted woollen items.

BUTTERMARKET EVENTS

27 May, 10am–4pm: Friday Flea Market 

28 & 30 May & 3 June, 10am–4pm: Mad Hatter’s Craft Market

29 May, 10am–4pm: Craft & Collectables Fair

31 May, 10am–4pm: Golden Valley Crafts Market

1 June, 10am–4pm: Fairtrade Hay Fair

4 June, 10am–4pm: Made For Hay: Contemporary Crafts

5 June, 10am–4pm: Record & CD Fair

CASTLE STREET FOOD MARKET

Daily throughout the Festival, 10am–6pm, Honesty Bookshop

Step off the High Street into Hay Castle’s attractive walled garden and find street food stalls selling deliciously tempting dishes and drinks. Sit under canvas canopies and soak up the Festival atmosphere!

QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE EVENTS

Hay Town Council welcomes everyone to a series of events celebrating the Jubilee. haytowncouncil.gov.uk

2 June, 7pm: Opening of Celebrations with food & drink stalls and music, Hay Memorial Square

3 June, 1pm onwards: Family Fun Day, Recreation Playing Fields off Brecon Road

4 June, 12.30pm–2pm: Carnival Walk, from Recreation Facilities Car Park off Brecon Road to Hay Memorial Square

4 June, 2pm onwards: Big Community Jubilee Lunch, Hay Memorial Square

EXHIBITIONS

PORTRAITS OF WRITERS

Daily throughout the Festival, 10am–5pm, Hay Castle £3 on the door

Portraits of Writers is the inaugural exhibition at Hay Castle, newly opened to the public after a major restoration project. The display, selected from the National Portrait Gallery collection by author and journalist Dylan Jones OBE, brings together portraits of celebrated British individuals who identify as writers. Dylan’s chosen theme is identity, and the works assembled present a range of methods used by artists to capture the complex identities of writers, including gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, migration and colonisation. The exhibition is the result of a partnership between the National Portrait Gallery and Hay Castle, supported by Hay Festival. Portraits of Writers will be on display until August 2022.

MORNING YOGA

WITH WYE VALLEY YOGA

Classes run every morning from Monday 30 May to Friday 30 June near Hay-on-Wye.

Beginners and experienced students welcome. All kit provided and parking available at the venue. Booking is essential. For class times, venues and to book, visit wyevalleyiyengaryoga.com. Contact: wyevalleyoga@gmail.com or 07967 318 404.