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!