Croeso i'r Gelli / Welcome to Hay-on-Wye

World renowned for books and bookshops. Its unique position on the border between England and Wales makes Hay ideal for visitors to explore and enjoy the beautiful border country. Our website has information for both visitors and residents.

Announcements

MAY EVENTS
HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Returns!
The world’s largest ideas and music festival returns to Hay over the May Bank Holiday! Over200 speakers and performers will converge on banks of the River Wye, for a weekend of deep-diving debate, intimate talks, critically acclaimed music and laugh-out-loud comedy. Spend your days with Nobel prize winners questioning the laws of the universe and your nights dancing to the hottest party-starting DJs. With Tier Two tickets selling fast now’s the time to book! Visit website
RECENTLY OPENED
Flockers are here!
This is our first shop and we are thrilled to have opened it in Hay-on-Wye. Flockers as a brand is new yet the artist Cookie has been designing best selling t-shirts since 1995! Pop in to meet 'Pudding' shop dog, always pleased to meet and greet you. Be WARNED you might laugh out loud! We are online at www.baaadflockers.com
RECENTLY OPENED
GEDDES GALLERY
Opened 1st October 2022, and located near Hay Town Clock. Selling original oils, watercolours, drawings and prints (liths, etchings, engravcings etc.) sympathetically framed. Dated from early 19th to 21st Century. Contemporary and eclectic mix of styles, techniques, subject matter, from representational to abstract. Affordable prices from £80 to £750, with occasional items worth more.
INFORMATION
Hay Castle
In May 2022, Hay Castle opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 900-year history, following a major 10-year restoration project. The castle is one of the great surviving defence structures on the border of England and Wales, and preserves the Richard Booth Collection, which was established as a tribute to the self-declared King of Hay. The castle and the beautiful grounds are striking spaces for private and community events, as well as hosting a programme of exhibitions, musical and dramatic performances, workshops, performing arts, and cultural activities.
NEW SHOP
The Literature Laboratory
We invite you to swing by our enchanting shop, The Literature Laboratory, where a treasure trove of delightful stories awaits you. As well as innovative fresh children's titles, we also specialise in wellbeing and parenting books.  We stock a unique range of eco sustainable wellbeing goods such as QiEco yoga mats, travel wash kits as well as exciting jewellery crafted in Snowdonia from foraged treasure.  Come and discover our exciting wellbeing range of gifts. Our shop is just across from the Butter Market in Hay-on-Wye. Come see us and unleash your inner explorer as you navigate through our whimsical world of books, and don't be surprised if you find yourself lost in the pages of a newfound favourite. So, come on in, make some new friends (both on and off the pages), and let the magic of reading fill your heart and mind!  We have toys and outdoor activities for children of all ages to educate, inspire and entertain.

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