Hay on Wye
Hay History Weekend 2015 will take place on Sep 11th, 12th & 13th Sep at Hay Castle.
Our theme this year are Agincourt and we have a packed programme of events including talks, film, theatre, workshops, pop up museum and guided tours.
We start with a guided tour of medieval Hay on Friday at 11am, followed by a screening of Henry V at Booth’s Cinema at 5pm and then a talk by Armourer specialist Bob Woosnam-Savage in the Castle at 8pm.
Saturday sees medieval crafts, calligraphy, theatre workshops and a performance of Henry V by Hay Theatre Company in the Castle grounds. In the evening we have a talk by Prof Anne Curry about Agincourt.
Sunday is centered around our annual Pop-Up Museum where local historian Eric Pugh will be displaying some of his extensive photograph collection of historical Hay. We will also be asking people to bring in any items they would like to show and discuss and also bring along some memories of the Castle through the years. Continue reading
Hay on Wye is well known as the town of books and home to the large annual literary festival. but did you know that this weekend the Hay on Wye Walking Festival is taking place.
It is a wonderful centre for walking, with easy access to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Offa’s Dyke Trail, the Black Mountains, the Wye Valley, the Golden Valley and the Black & White Villages of Herefordshire.
They ran our first Hay Walking Festival in October 2011 and it proved to be a very successful event. This year they have extended the event to cover 5 days, from Thursday 11th – Monday 15th October 2012. They are putting on a full and varied programme of some 45 guided walks for all ages and abilities, from full days to a few hours, together with opportunities to acquire better navigational and map reading skills and to learn about the geology and archaeology of the area. There are also opportunities to sample some local cycling and canoeing down the Wye. The walks are graded according to difficulty and are all led by experienced walkers and walk leaders, a number of whom run their own walking , cycling or outdoor activity centres in the area. The programme provides the opportunity to be led by local experts through some of the most spectacular scenery that the area has to offer, whilst learning something new about the history and the landscape. A number of walks start in Hay itself, more distant or longer walks provide transport at a small additional cost and one walk uses public transport.
They hope that this varied programme will appeal both to visitors and local residents, giving visitors a taste of some of the stunning scenery, and introducing residents to new paths and unfamiliar corners of this wonderful border country.
They also have a short programme of evening events, including the festival ceilidh, to be held at the Swan, and a pub quiz at Kilverts – both of which proved popular and successful last year. This year there is also have an evening of local song provided by the Village Quire at the Globe.
The Swan at Hay hotel is kindly offering to act as the Festival Hub, providing tea, coffee and cake at a modest price and somewhere to meet up before and after walks and events. It will be the place to check out late availability on walks, meet off duty walk leaders, catch up with friends old and new and hang up your boots (both literally and metaphorically) between walks.
South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman welcomed TV retail guru Mary Portas to the Hay Festival last week–and invited her back to visit Ross-on-Wye as well! The self-styled “Mary Queen of Shops” came to the Festival to talk about her plans to revive high street shopping up and down the country, following her review of high street retailing for the government last year. Her event, which was sponsored by Jesse, was a sell-out with over 1,400 people attending. Afterwards she visited shops with Jesse on the high street in Hay-on-Wye, talking to local retailers, setting out her ideas and drawing a crowd of interested spectators. Jesse Norman MP has been a strong supporter of local shops in Herefordshire, even organising and launching a local guide to good shops in 2009. Most recently he enthusiastically backed the bid by Ross-on-Wye to be a Portas Pilot town. Commenting afterwards, he said: “It is great to have Mary Portas come to Hay, and her event was terrific. But I couldn’t resist inviting her to Ross-on-Wye! Especially given all the fantastic work which has been done by local people on the Portas Pilot bid.”