Things to do
For a small town (population less than 1,500) Hay has a big heart. Of course, many people know of Hay because of its annual festival, held in late May/ early June. The Festival attracts many thousands of people each year and a bed can be hard to find - we're booked up a year in advance! But don't despair. Hay isn't just a festival town. There is so much to see in and around Hay and the Welsh Borders are beautiful at any time of year. Some of our guests say winter is the best time because they can cosy up to the stove...
Hay and the surrounding areas are brilliant for walking. The Brecon Beacons are just a short drive away and the Black Mountains even closer, with the Gospel Pass and Llanthony Abbey on a must see list for many. Horse riding and kayaking on the Wye attract many of our visitors whilst others want to see Hay Castle and other ancient monuments in an area rich in history spanning many centuries.
Fancy just chilling out? We have several great pubs and cafes nearby as well as a fantastic restaurant St John's Place in Hay. Best of all, we now have a fabulous cinema at Richard Booths' Bookshop. Showing all the most recent films, you can sit back and relax with a drink too as it has a small bar as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy supper before the film starts. Of course, Hay has great shops, (not just book shops!) as well as galleries, food shops and even a shop selling local craft beers and lagers. There's a brilliant deli too selling everything from local gin (yes, really) to beautiful tarts and cakes, tasty nibbles and organic milk, yogurt and cream. The market comes to town each Thursday there you will find fresh fish, cheeses, award winning bread and cakes, flowers, tasty snacks, vegetables and fruit.
Our own village of Clyro has its own pub, the Baskerville Arms, a post office and shop and a good garage that sells most essentials. The Church is certainly worth a visit (the famous Rev Kilvert preached there, of course) and there is superb walking within easy reach. Have a look at our location page for more information. We can provide detailed maps as well as advice on the best walks.
But most of all enjoy the Byre. It will wrap itself around you and call you back again and again. We can't wait to meet you!