Hay Book Festival
Join in the Hay Book Festival fun with a fascinating National Trust programme of events.
This year we're going to be at the Hay Literary Festival, held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, from 26 May to 3 June. If you thought you knew the Trust, come along and be surprised. What better way to learn about our work than by listening and talking to our authors and experts?
Speak to our experts
Friday 26 May is our ‘house’ day where our conservators will be talking about housekeeping and discussing everything from how to clean metalwork through to the best way to dust porcelain – bring something along to ask their opinion. Our experts on silver and porcelain will tell the story of dining and our libraries advisor will be revealing some of the extraordinary finds he has made over the years.
Get closer to nature
Thursday 1 June is nature day with a focus on trees. Bring along a leaf (or a picture on your phone) for our experts to identify and then listen to them talking about the extraordinary ancient trees that have witnessed so much of our turbulent history, from the sealing of the Magna Carta through to the Tolpuddle Martyrs' tree.
Add to this, an evening with Kate Fox, poet and comedian, talking about women’s work at Quarry Bank Mill and the announcement of the Longlist for this year’s Wainwright Book Prize for nature writing. For families, look out for Mike Langman’s birdwatching event and join in fun 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ nature activities for children, in the Make and Take Tent in the Haydays Courtyard.
National Trust events, in date order:
" This year we're going to be at the Hay Literary Festival. If you thought you knew the Trust, come along and be surprised. We look forward to seeing you there."