I love living in Breconshire, and never more so than when the time draws closer to the Hay Literary Festival, an annual treat which has become a real institution for book lovers. Being huge book fans our family travel to Hay-on-Wye pretty regularly anyway, but we would never miss going to the festival: we had our tickets booked the day they became available.

This year the event runs from 26th May til 5th June, and there are some great names attending including Vanessa Redgrave and Philip Pullman. Oh, and the Gruffalo!

With tickets priced from just a couple of pounds it’s a day out that doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you take advantage of the [hopefully] good weather and take a picnic with you. There’ll also be lots of activities to keep the kiddies amused in the ‘Hay Fever’ area.

My husband and I love the Festival best in the evenings, when you can take in the wonderful atmosphere with a glass of ice cold Pimms in your hand, and partake in a little people watching [you’ll see some fantastic hats and beards] before you go to an event. There are bookshops set up at the site [selling plenty of works signed by featured writers] if you fancy a little shopping.

As an extra bonus the Hay Festival has the poshest portaloos I’ve ever seen – they’re well worth a visit themselves!

For more information see: http://www.hayfestival.com/portal/index.aspx?skinid=1&localesetting=en-GB

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