Hay Festival 2019

Words by Chris Bone & opening image by Sam Hardwick.

Each spring, Hay-on-Wye throws its arms open to the world as thousands of book lovers collect for Hay Festival, an annual, 11-day showcase of the latest ideas in the arts and sciences. But beyond the tented festival site there is much to explore in and around the charmingly historic town itself. Nestled on the banks of the River Wye in the Brecon Beacons National Park, overlooked by a ruined castle and awash with independent bookshops, cafés and unique shops, Hay-on-Wye is a place straight out of a fairy tale. Literary bliss.

Should you wish to seek reading nooks in a truly wondrous setting or hear the words of literary greats, you can peruse the full itinerary by clicking here. See you there!

Photo by Marsha Arnold

Photo by Marsha Arnold

Murder & Mayhem
Hay Town
Photos by Sam J Peat

Photos by Sam J Peat

Photo by Sam Hardwick

Photo by Sam Hardwick

River Wye
River Wye
Photos by Shannon O'Donnell

Photos by Shannon O'Donnell