Event - Trip to the Hay-On-Wye literary festival

  • May 24, 2014 · 9:00 AM

Hello all I have upgraded Vijay's DIY trip to Hay to an Official Trip.  I am holding hotel rooms in Leominster Royal Oak Hotel which is only 34 min drive from the site.  Please advise by (re)confirming stating whether you wish to take the rooms which are £80 for double for 2 nights ie £40/night.  If you have any other accommodation preferences let me know by messaging me on meetup. We will travel in shared cars which we will arrange later.  First come first served as rooms will sell out.   Peter.


Blwyddyn newydd dda!

This year, I'm listing this as non-hosted self-organising event.
Details of the festival are available on the website:
http://www.hayfestival.com/
Full program and tickets will be available in **April** so keep an eye out. A few odd early bird tickets are available now.

Vineet had organised this trip in 2013. He meticulously organised the logistics, including hotel bookings, coordinating cars etc.
I found the event itself fantastic and very enriching.

This year, deviating from tradition, there isn't going to be a formal 'annual trip to Hay-on-Wye' (but might turn into one) as i'm posting this as a non-hosted event for the 2014 spring bank holiday weekend.
Members of the book club who do intend to go to the festival on 24-26th May 2014 can join together to car-pool/share info/company for common events/getting together as a group for coffee+discussion/walk around & explore etc.

The main actions are:
1) Watch out for when the program and tickets are available (some time in April)
2) Book their own place to stay - I'll book my place in next couple of weeks.
3) Organise your own transportation from London to Hay-on-Wye
[I have space for 3 in my car so I'm happy to accommodate. Others can volunteer for this too - compensation for volunteering to drive will be on the same lines as last year. Car pools can sort it out among themselves.]

4) Organise your own transportation from your hotel in /around Hay-on-Wye to the festival venue.
[Drivers can volunteer for this,
If you book hotels early, especially if you're not driving there, you might find a place close to the festival.]

***Those driving there and willing to volunteer , please share this information to me or the group (including your place of stay in Hay) so others can request to join you as passengers (Either from London-Hay-London or to commute locally between hotel-festival-hotel)

AT this point i'm not sure how successful this 'self organising' model will be but worth a try.
I'm definitely going to the festival and hope to see some of you there too!

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  • Malcolm

    Hay was as entertaining and fun as ever. Many thanks to Peter for organizing everything and thanks to Vijay for the initial setup. Am already looking forward to next year,

    May 26

  • Vijay

    "Friends cafe"

    May 24

  • Vijay

    Everyone, I'm sticking around the cafe near entrance till my next event at 5:30. C u if around.

    May 24

  • Peter L.

    Monica please contact me on[masked] to confirm attendance in Hay.

    May 21

    • monica K.

      Peter , I am so sorry I did not get this before and hence the silence. Would have loved to come and stupidly got the dates mixed up ! Hope u have a lovely time -

      May 24

  • Peter L.

    Vijay
    As per e-mail no need for you to pick anyone up from petrol station - I have got it covered. So you can leave earlier if you like. Peter

    1 · May 24

  • Peter L.

    Between event I will be returning to the festival cafe by the entrance. Paula - no need for you to pick anyone up. All -I will try and arrange a group dinner so ring me on the Saturday on[masked] with your availability if I do not see you. Peter

    1 · May 23

    • Vijay

      Hi Peter, what's the car-share arrangement for tomorrow?

      May 23

  • Vijay

    Doesn't look like we'll get good weather...

    May 23

  • Paula C.

    Hi Vijay! As you know, I don't live in London but have been trying to meet up with your group for ages (I've got a novel coming out half-set in Sri Lanka in June: 'On the Far Side, There's a Boy').

    At last there's an opportunity to meet some of you. I live in Stroud, Gloucs, not that far from Hay, so plan to drive there myself just for Saturday 24 May.

    I've just booked:
    - Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman, 11.30
    - Heather Widdows, 2.30
    - Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young, 4.00

    a) Is there anyone I can offer at least a partial lift to (leaving Stroud around 8.30, probably)?
    b) How can we meet up at/between events? Really want to make this work!

    Warm regards, Paula Coston

    April 13

    • Paula C.

      Hi Vijay and others! I'm still planning to come to the Festival on Saturday, and my first 'gig' is at 11.30. You mention meeting at the cafeteria at the Festival entrance, but of course I don't know any of you by sight, or when we might meet up. My phone no. is[masked]

      May 21

    • Paula C.

      Sorry - pressed too soon! Phone no. above, So how can we meet up, and when? It would be really good to.

      May 21

  • Peter L.

    I have sent the joining detail e-mail to attendees. Any questions please contact me on[masked]

    May 21

  • Paula C.

    Thanks, but as stated before, I won't need a room, thanks (I'll just travel that day)! Looking forward to meeting you all.

    May 14

  • Prabhjot K.

    Wish I could go. Have fun, the rest of you!Peter, there's one, or rather 2 words for the book I took from you--'Bheja fry' which means it scrambled my brains!

    May 3

  • Vijay

    Program is now online and open for booking
    https://www.hayfestival.com/prog...­

    April 12

  • paige

    Sadly work has gotten in the way x have fun

    March 30

  • Paula C.

    Hi Peter! This would be the perfect opportunity to meet some of you, as I live over Hay-on-Wye way. I'd make my own way there by car, and probably not stay, but just spend the day with your group, as I'm reading extracts from my novel the next day somewhere else!

    Is there anyone else but me who lives in Gloucestershire? Perhaps we could combine if so. Otherwise, I'll start looking out for Saturday tickets and keep in touch.

    So looking forward to this...

    March 5

  • Vijay

    I have booked a place near the town of Talgarth. That's a 20 minute drive from the festival venue - if someone is planning to stay around there and need a ride to/from the festival.

    February 23

  • paige

    I would love to join your meet up group. I love to travel and go to festivals so I'm really keen on this festival. I love new experiences!

    1 · February 3

    • Vijay

      Great to hear that, Paige. It's a truly remarkable experience - mentally very enriching. The village itself is very scenic - loads of places to venture out and explore.

      February 23

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