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!

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Places to eat in Hereford

Places to Eat

Many local eateries in Wales are offering takeaways, and from 13th July some will also offer food outdoors. In Wales, restaurants are likely to be able to serve food indoors from 3rd August. There are a number of excellent English restaurants and pubs within easy reach that already serve food indoors. Up to date information is available here.

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

Houses & gardens

Markets

Arts & Crafts

Printing, ceramics, leather, sewing, papercraft, drawing, painting … there are courses for all kinds of arts and crafts available.

Sidney Nolan Trust, Found Gallery, Herefordshire Art Week, Black Mountains College are just a few places where you can get an infusion of the aesthetic.  We know loads more – just ask!

In Hay-on-Wye

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.

Festivals

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)

Bookshops

Markets

  • Thursday (vibrant, ancient local market, over 40 stalls – food to woolly socks!)
  • Saturday (local artisan goods and delicious food in the Hay Cheese Market)

Food Outlets

  • 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)

Other Shops

There is an rich mixture of antiques, designer and vintage fashion, jewellery, speciality maps, fossils, records, gardening and more…..

Art galleries

Booths Cinema

Arthouse, current releases and live streams. Lovely drinks and snacks available to take in.

Historic Hay

Hay Castle (12th century medieval castle.  Currently closed for major restoration, but still a dramatic sight in the centre of town)

Hay Tours and Hay History Group

Music

Yoga, pilates, massage

The Warren

a pre-dinner stroll to this unique riverside meadow is perfection.

Outdoor Activities

On (or in) the water

Paddle from Glasbury or Hay with excellent local canoe companies: Wye Valley Canoes, Want to Canoe (discount if you mention us!), Ultimate Canoe and Kayak

So many places to ‘wild swim’ in and around Hay – including the Warren – bring your cossie! Some of the best are listed here

On foot

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).

Outdoor adventures

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!

On horseback

  • 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

Brecon Beacons Foraging

Regular foraging courses to scintillate your senses and help you find and recognise the plants, fungi and wildlife that are all around us. 

Future Events

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

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