Once again I was organising the Hay Winter Festival 2018 stewards. The festival this year was held in the marquee in the cattle market. It was festively decorated and had a selection of stalls selling wreaths, art, drink, reading lights and of cause books by the authors giving the talks. The events were well received and the weather was quite kind. Also there was the Christmas lights ceremony, a food festival on Saturday and a vintage festival on Sunday. The events were rounded off by a community performance of the Messiah in St Mary’s church. If you are thinking of attending next year it will be on 28 November to 1 December 2019.
The Hay Literary Festival runs from the last bank holiday weekend in May for 10 days. I have been stewarding this event for over 20 years and look after the visitors to Oxfam Moot stage with my sister.
It has certainly grown over the years from a humble gathering of ladies in a caravan to the event of today greeting over 100,000 visitors to 7 main venues and numerous trade stands and the largest temporary bookshop.
In addition there is a special childrens programme and area for them to ‘make and take’ a treasured memory.
There is a large food hall showcasing local producers and various other places for food and refreshments. The town is just a short shuttlebus ride from the site or easily walkable if you prefer.
Hope to see you there!
The Green Man Festival is held on the Glanusk Estate every August and runs for 3 days. It is not just a music festival as there are many other activities for people of all ages including a special arts and crafts area for 13-17 year olds.
If you fancy camping without the hassle there is Hotel Bell Tents or Tangerine fields both with your accommodation already and waiting. Of cause you could choose to stay in the comfort of Aberyscir Coach House and take the short picturesque drive to the estate each day.
The festival comes to a close at midnight on the Sunday with a firework display and the ceremonial burning of the Green Man and this year a Dragon as well.
This year Brecon Jazz returned to the streets of the town like it used to be a few years ago. It was held in several indoor venues as well as this stage outside the newly refurbished Wellington Hotel and a similar one outside the theatre.
The weather was quite kind and the atmosphere in the streets was carnival like.
In addition the Brecon Fringe has also grown taking place in many of the pubs and clubs in the town. So if jazz is your thing why not make a note of the date for next year 10-12th August 2018.
The Royal Welsh Winter Fair takes place every year at the end of November in the Builth Wells showground. There are livestock and dead stock competitions after which you have a chance to buy your Christmas dinner. In addition there are stands offering all sorts of ideas for presents from many local suppliers.