Hay Festival of Literature

The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts better known as the Hay Festival, is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, for ten days from May to June. Devised by Norman, Rhoda and Peter Florence in 1988, the festival was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as “The Woodstock of the mind”.

The first Festival was held in the modest surroundings of a pub garden. These days it attracts 100,000-plus visitors over 11 days to engage with the world’s great writers, poets, philosophers, historians, scientists, comedians and musicians. It’s moved to a large tented village on the outskirts of town with 10 venues, pop-up cafes, shops and restaurants. Between sessions, visitors can relax in deckchairs on the village green, browse the stalls and visit a festival bookshop which stocks 55,000 titles by visiting speakers. Evenings are devoted to music, comedy and film. The festival has expanded over the years to include musical performances and film previews. A children’s festival, “Hay Fever”, runs alongside the main festival. It has also expanded internationally and sister festivals take place in Aarhus, Arequipa, Nairobi, Dhaka, Zacatecas, the Maldives, Kerala at Thiruvananthapuram, Beirut, Belfast, Cartagena, the Alhambra Palace, Parc Prison in Bridgend and Segovia. In 2009 the Festival also took on the ailing Brecon Jazz Festival. It is run by a not-for-profit company, and entrance is free to everyone. 



The National Eisteddfod is held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 trade stands and stalls.

The history of the Eisteddfod in Wales can be traced back to 1176, with the modern history of the organisation dating back to 1861.  The festival has been held every year, other than 1914, when the outbreak of the First World War saw it postponed for a year. Traditionally a competition-based festival, attracting over 6,000 competitors every year, the festival has developed and evolved over recent years, and whilst the competitions form the central focus for the week, the Maes (site) itself has grown and developed into a vibrant festival with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family. The Eisteddfod is the natural showcase for music, dance, visual arts, literature, original performances and much more.  Encompassing all aspects of the arts and culture in Wales, it is an inclusive and welcoming festival, which attracts thousands of Welsh learners and those who do not speak the language as well as Welsh speakers every year.  Translation services are available in the Pavilion and bilingual information is available.  We also have a centre for learning Welsh on the Maes. Described as Wales’ leading mobile regeneration project, National Eisteddfod week is the highlight of a two year community project, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds from a different part of Wales every year. With a mix of outreach work, lifelong learning and volunteering opportunities, the community project steers the preparations for the festival, giving local people a chance to make their mark on our national festival. Most of Wales’ leading writers, musicians and poets have competed at the Eisteddfod, with many performers appearing on a national stage for the first time during the festival.

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon’s Centre for the Arts opened in April 1997, as the first wholly Lottery funded new build arts organisation in the UK. The Arts Centre is probably situated in one of the most picturesque locations of any venue in the UK. Built alongside the canal basin in the heart of Brecon, serving the town and surrounding areas of Powys, Monmouthshire and beyond, it is rooted firmly in the community it serves.

The venue currently provides a varied programme of theatre, dance, music and entertainment in its purpose built 477-seat auditorium and 120-seat studio/rehearsal space. It also has a meeting room, dressing rooms and a gallery space, all of which are versatile spaces that host a variety of events. Theatr Brycheiniog serves not only its community through an outstanding programme of quality professional English and Welsh language productions, but it is also home to the Brecon Baroque Festival, which attracts audiences and visitors nationally and internationally. The theatre is open year around and prides itself for attracting visitors from across the country and also internationally. The Andrew Lamont Gallery exhibits local, national and international artists, who have been specially chosen by a visual arts panel. No two exhibitions are ever the same and artistic boundaries are often pushed! The theatre has an in house restaurant and bar, both of which only serve the highest quality food and drink from a range of welsh suppliers. Theatr Brycheiniog is funded by the Arts Council of WalesPowys County Council and Brecon Town Council.

Pembrokeshire has many events, days out and attractions to see and enjoy, mother nature blessed us with glorious natural attractions here in Pembrokeshire. But even away from the coast and mountains, you’ll never have a dull moment enjoying the many Pembrokeshire events the area has to offer. Make sure you Visit Pembrokeshire for your next holiday, trip or vacation and enjoy this lovely area of Wales, you won’t be disappointed.

Experience the fascinating history of one of our spectacular castles or ancient monuments, or wander through colourful walled gardens gathering inspiration. Enjoy the thrills and spills of action rides with your family at an adventure or theme park. Take a boat trip to explore the islands and wildlife of Pembrokeshire from a viewpoint many don’t get to see. Tuck into delicious food made with the finest Pembrokeshire goodies or watch the experts knock up a dish in minutes at a food festival. Browse a nationally acclaimed gallery or museum and stand in awe of their amazing works of arts and artefacts. Get up close to the diverse art and craft makers of Pembrokeshire with a visit to their studios and mills. Spend a day wrapped in seaweed or plunge into a warm pool with killer views at a totally chilled spa. Then you’re ready to head out to experience the talents of Pembrokeshire’s musicians, whether it is a traditional folk band in the corner of the local pub to a classical concert in the grand setting of St Davids Cathedral.

Cardiff Castle events hosts a number of exciting family festivals through the year, as well as summer concerts plus indoor and outdoor film screenings.

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located at the heart of the capital, within beautiful parklands, Cardiff Castle has nearly 2,000 years of history just waiting to be explored.

Glanusk Events run a number of in house events throughout the year, conveniently located 2.5 hours from London, 2 hours from Birmingham, 45 minutes from Cardiff and with good rail links to Abergavenny. Glanusk Estate also has the capability for landing helicopters on its grounds by arrangement for special events, functions or festivals.

Glanusk Estate has been home to many events including the Green Man Festival, an independent music and arts festival held annually in mid-August since 2003. The Green Man Festival is the largest contemporary music and arts festival held in Wales and is recognised as a major event by the Welsh Government. The Rat race adventure challenge event was a totally unique adventure challenge weekend where participants ran, rode and kayaked as many of the specially designed adventure loops they could in a 10 hour period. A highlight in the diary is the Glanusk Estate Fayre and NGS Open Garden which features artisans from all over Wales as well as the artisan business based on the Estate. The 2019 Estate Fayre was a Finalist in the Mid Wales Tourism Awards. With beautiful grounds, historical architecture, 5 miles of the River Usk, Glanusk Estate is the perfect spot for your event. The Estate has a huge variety of buildings, landscapes and backdrops that are perfect for events of all sizes. Glanusk Estate has a variety of stunning locations throughout the grounds and historic parkland for minor and major events, with 14 acres of private landscaped lawns, ponds and stream with stunning and majestic views of the Black Mountains and Sugarloaf Mountain your event will be totally bespoke and like no other.

International Convention Centre Wales has taken inspiration from the world’s best convention centres, a joint venture between the Welsh Government and the Celtic Manor Resort. International Convention Centre Wales is the UK’s newest and most exciting events venue, a stunning venue specifically designed for world class conventions, events and meetings.

International Convention Centre Wales boasts dedicated exhibitor parking, HGV loading and parking, Meeting rooms and breakout rooms, Fabulous food created, cooked and served on site. We’ve even taken on some seriously big requests. World-class facilities include a 4,000 sq m pillar-free exhibition hall, a 1,500-seat auditorium, versatile meeting rooms and an abundance of breakout and networking spaces, flooded in natural daylight. The venue is highly accessible just a stone’s throw from Junction 24 of the M4 and accessible to major train stations and 2 international airports. Yet it is situated in ancient woodland with floor to ceiling meeting room windows and outdoor breathing space making the most of the stunning environment. We are told that our warmth of hospitality and breath taking landscapes make our home somewhere really special, and we can’t wait to share it with you. So jump on a plane, train, automobile or even city bike and come on in! Our coveted ICC Wales city pass offers visitors discounts for shopping and eating out in the vibrant cities surrounding the venue; so visitors can enjoy music, independent restaurants, micro-breweries and the delights of the Welsh culture.

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Visit Swansea Bay for some great events and festivals, plan your visit or stay in Swansea and check out the many events run throughout the year in and around the City & County of Swansea.

Welcome to Visit Swansea Bay, the perfect location for a legendary adventure. From family holidays and romantic weekend getaways to walking and adrenaline packed experiences. Explore our website by clicking on the link below to discover all that Swansea Bay, Mumbles and Gower have to offer. Visit Swansea Bay is owned and managed by the City & County of Swansea Tourism Team. The Team is the official provider of tourist information for Swansea Bay (Swansea, Mumbles and Gower).

What do we do? 

The tourism team is primarily responsible for:

  • Tourism Marketing
  • Tourism Development
  • Tourism Research

We are also broadly involved in:

  • conducting and evaluating marketing campaigns
  • co-ordinating press and media enquiries
  • local and national PR
  • providing and promoting visitswanseabay.com – the destination website
  • managing the tourism trade website
  • producing tourism brochures and leaflets
  • conducting and collating tourism research
  • one-to-one business support and advice service
  • representation on national regional and local projects
  • business tourism & group travel
  • tourism signposting
  • highlighting the importance of tourism at all levels
  • For information about what to see and do in the area, please explore the site.