This year the event runs from 31st May til 10th June, and there are some great names attending including Terry Pratchett and Simon Callow. Oh, and Maisy Mouse!
With tickets priced from just a couple of pounds it’s a day out that doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you take advantage of the [hopefully] good weather and take a picnic with you. There’ll also be lots of activities to keep the kiddies amused in the ‘Hay Fever’ area.
The price of parking includes travel on a shuttle bus into Hay-on-Wye itself. There you’ll find the legendary Booth Books and Cinema Bookshop as well as many other smaller treasures. A couple of my favourites have closed in recent years, but there’s still plenty to gladden even a bibliophile’s heart.
My husband and I love the Festival best in the evenings, when you can take in the wonderful atmosphere with a glass of ice cold Pimms in your hand, and partake in a little people watching [you’ll see some fantastic hats and beards] before you go to an event. There are bookshops set up at the site [selling plenty of works signed by featured writers] if you fancy a little shopping.
As an extra bonus the Hay Festival has the poshest portaloos I’ve ever seen – they’re well worth a visit themselves!
For more information see: http://www.hayfestival.com/portal/index.aspx?skinid=1&localesetting=en-GB