Out & About
What Hay-on-Wye Offers
NOTE – at the moment, many of the places listed below are offering a reduced service, or in some cases closed. This contact page has reliable information about the current picture. We also maintain a detailed, up to date listing for all our guests.
There is so much to see and do in and around Hay – including the wonderful weekly markets and world famous annual festivals! Below you will find just a selection of the fabulous treats in store for visitors!
Useful sources of information:
Places to Eat
- Blue Boar (our local – over the road)
- Tomatitos (Tapas)
- Red Indigo (Indian)
- Three Tuns (Italian and British pub food)
- Black Lion (high end traditional)
- Chapters (fine dining)
- Off Grid Gourmet (just outside Hay)
- Shepherds Parlour (lovely ice cream, lunches)
- Electric Café (delicious, modern vegetarian food in The Old Electric Shop. Friendly, community atmosphere)
- Richard Booths Bookshop Café (tasty food in light, airy basement of the famous bookshop)
Places to Visit
Within an hour’s driving you can be on top of the Malvern Hills, anywhere in the Brecon Beacons, the gorgeous Elan Valley, the foodie paradise that is Ludlow and the black and white village trail of Shropshire.
Food & Drink
- Orgasmic Cider Company
- Talgarth Mill
- Cider Tasting at the farm with Gwatkin Cider
- Cheese Tours and Tastings with Monkland Dairy
Houses & gardens
- Walled Garden Treberfydd
- Bryans Ground
- National Garden Scheme gardens
- Local National Trust properties – including The Weir Garden, Croft Castle, Berrington Hall, Skenfrith Castle
- Llanthony Priory (stunning gothic ruin along Gospel Pass)
- Abergavenny (if you go here please visit The Chapel, The Angel Bakery & The Art Shop, all run by the same woman, and everything she does is amazing).
- Antique Markets: Malvern Flea and Carmarthen Flea.
Arts & Crafts
Printing, ceramics, leather, sewing, papercraft, drawing, painting … there are courses for all kinds of arts and crafts available.
World beating festivals, bestselling and rare books, designer and vintage fashion, stylish art, great antiques, exceptional live music – Hay’s creative and eclectic community has it all.
Hay Digital Festival (#imaginetheworld for 10 days alongside award-winning writers, global policy makers, historians, pioneers and innovators, celebrating the best new fiction and non-fiction, and discussing some of the biggest issues of our time)
Hay Festival Winter Weekend (storytellers and dreamers, visionaries and artists explore the state of our country and our world)
How The Light Gets In (4 days, over 200 events – debating the big ideas of our times, along with the hottest music and comedy)
- Thursday (vibrant, ancient local market, over 40 stalls – food to woolly socks!)
- Saturday (local artisan goods and delicious food in the Hay Cheese Market)
- Hay Deli (wide range of gorgeous local wholefoods)
- Alex Gooch (award winning artisan baker)
- Bernie’s Moveable Feast (pop up with excellent pastries and salads, 20 Castle Street – Thursdays and Saturdays 9.30 am – 2 pm)
- Kate’s Bakery (delicious home made bread and pastries)
There is an rich mixture of antiques, designer and vintage fashion, jewellery, speciality maps, fossils, records, gardening and more…..
Arthouse, current releases and live streams. Lovely drinks and snacks available to take in.
Hay Castle (12th century medieval castle. Currently closed for major restoration, but still a dramatic sight in the centre of town)
Yoga, pilates, massage
- River Flow Yoga
- Yoga with Sara Day
- Richard Booths Bookshops Studio (pilates, yoga)
- Hay Therapies (sports and therapeutic massage, reflexology)
a pre-dinner stroll to this unique riverside meadow is perfection.
On (or in) the water
So many places to ‘wild swim’ in and around Hay – including the Warren – bring your cossie! Some of the best are listed here.
You can find out about some of our favourite walks here (gentle river walks, stunning waterfalls, secluded valleys, inspiring mountain landscapes, night time walks in this renowned International Dark Sky Reserve).
- Black Mountain Adventure – climbing, caving, gorge scrambling, white water etc
- Black Mountains Gliding Club – beautiful mountain scenery and cross-country options – based in Talgarth
Cycling on or off road
Drovers Cycles – excellent for hiring bikes, repairs, events and routes. Climb Gospel Pass (Wales’ highest tarmac road) – stunning scenery and a must for road cyclists! Brillaint for mountain biking – natural trails criss-cross local hills, almost guaranteed peace and quiet!
- Free Rein – horse riding holidays in the Brecon Beacons, Begwyns, and all the way to the coast
- Tregoyd Trekking – pony trekking and horse riding holidays in the Brecon Beacons
Regular foraging courses to scintillate your senses and help you find and recognise the plants, fungi and wildlife that are all around us.
- Brecon Jazz Festival 9th – 9th August 2020
- Green Man Festival 20th – 23rd August 2020
- Abergavenny Food Festival 19th – 20th September 2020
- Hay Festival Winter Weekend 27th – 29th November 2020
- Hay Winter Festival Artisan Market 29th November 2020
- Christmas Food & Drink Fair Abergavenny 19th – 20th December 2020
All these events are still scheduled to go ahead – although dates may change in the light of developments with COVID-19. For all upcoming events, check with the organisers or visit Hay Tourist Information Bureau