Wednesday, 1 June 2011
Hay-on-Wye Festival part two
We had a great day out yesterday, at The Hay-on-Wye Literacy Festival. The weather remained good all day.
We parked in the town centre and made our way to the Festival which is situated about one mile West of the main book selling areas of Hay. I was surprised to see that the Festival was free to enter and we quickly made our way to the open grass square at the centre of the festival village. We met up with my Brother-in-Law and had our picnic.
As we finished we saw HRH Camilla who as Patron of the Young Peoples Literacy Association was visiting the event. Loads of security, but we were still able to catch a brief glimpse of her. In fairness she was approaching children and young adults and engaged dozens in the time that we saw her, many having photos taken with her.
After a couple of hours walking around the Festival area, we went back into Hay town centre and browsed the antique, craft and book stores.
The town centre of Hay-on-Wye has a great many book stores, both new, antiquarian and second-hand. The prices range from 'dirt cheep' to 'Oh My God!'
My own purchases were a little varied;
5 x Discover books, Timber Framed Buildings, Traditional Farm Buildings, Carts & Wagons, Horse Drawn Farm Machinery and Watermills. Each just £1.00 each.
A guide to Welsh Country Houses, £2.50.
And a real treat - A History of Architecture by Professor Banister-Fletcher and Sir Banister-Fletcher a book full of beautiful illustrations from 1911 and picked up in a remainders box for just £2.00.
All, in all a great day out and loads of very special purchases. I would have no hesitation in recommending a day trip to Hay-on-Wye and if the weather is good, a day out at the Literacy Festival.