Warm up your vocal cords for the Christmas singalong at the Hay Festival Winter Weekend. Enjoy a programme of old favourites, solo performances, seasonal readings, good company and Christmas cheer!
Drop in, no ticket required
How can I help? If you have a bottle or two of red wine or cider for the mulled drinks that would be very much appreciated. Just bring any donations to the Castle office in the next week or two - Thank you!
Come and join in on Saturday November 19th at Hay Castle when we will be making decorations for the Christmas Tree in the Castle. You can pop in and learn how to transform an old or damaged book into a beautiful and unique decoration.
We will have two artists showing everyone how to make a variety of brilliant designs. Kids are welcome on the funky glitter table, while adults can try out some book themed constructions with artist Becky Adams.
Saturday 19 November at Hay Castle
9.30am to 1.30pm
This is a free event.
Art historian, curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer Sir Roy Strong, CH will talk on ‘The Quest for Shakespeare’s Garden’
This illustrated talk will trace the origins of garden history and the Elizabethan garden, as well as telling the story of the Bard's own garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.
At age 32, Sir Roy Strong, CH became the youngest director of the National Portrait Gallery. He was also the youngest director of the Victoria and Albert Museum at age 38. Knighted in 1983, he went on to be awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s President’s Medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.
Tickets for the talk cost £10 and includes refreshments. If you would like to attend please contact Hay Castle Trust on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Saturday 19 November - lecture begins at 2.30pm at Hay Castle
Summer Concert - August 21st - Hay Castle
Prepare to be swept away with a beautiful programme called Fantasies, with music by Handel, Saint-Saens and Bartok. Hay Music presents this summer fundraiser featuring harpist Katherine Thomas and violinist Laurence Kempton, who have performed together to great critical acclaim as The Enigma Duo.
The concert will be held at Hay Castle on Sunday 21 August at 5pm and will be followed by a reception with wine and a light supper. Tickets are £20 from Richard Booth's Bookshop, Lion Street 01497 820322 or www.boothbooks.co.uk All proceeds from this event will benefit Hay Castle Trust and will help rescue Hay Castle.
… PLUS A RAFFLE!
A raffle will be drawn on 21 August, and some wonderful prizes have been donated by area businesses and organisations. You could win a one-year pass to the Whitney Toll Bridge, a night at Llangoed Hall, a Golden Ticket to all events at the Hay Festival Winter Weekend, a splendid Sunday brunch at the Swan at Hay, a cinema pass for a year at Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema, A gift voucher from Golesworthy's in Hay, lunch at the River Café in Glasbury, a Christmas turkey from WJ George Butchers or tickets to next year’s Hay Chamber Music Festival.
Raffle tickets will be available at the Hay Castle office Monday to Friday, and at various summer events. If you would like to help sell raffle tickets, call the office on 01497 820 079 or email email@example.com
Two women, centuries apart. One endless nightmare tearing Wales apart - and only they can stop it.
Sunday Times bestselling author Barbara Erskine returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay.
Friends are invited to an evening with author Barbara Erskine to launch her new novel, Sleeper's Castle, published by Harper Collins. You will have a chance to talk with Ms Erskine about her book and her long-standing interest in Hay Castle and the colourful figures who lived here.
If you are a Friend of Hay Castle and would like to attend this event at the Castle on Tuesday 28 June at 6pm please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your name to the guest list. RSVP is essential.
If you are not yet a Friend or your membership has lapsed - please see our Friends page on the website
Hay-On-Wye, 1400 - War is brewing in the Welsh borders. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper's Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales's destiny...And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer...Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper's Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who's screaming, who's reaching out...who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?
Photo copyright: Karolina Webb
Please come and see the exhibition of photographs and artefacts from Richard Booth's time in Hay-on-Wye, the establishment of Hay as a Book Town and items from the declaration of Independence of Hay
Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye
Thursday June 16 until Thursday June 23