Thursday 31 May 2012
With the festival attracting over 250,000 visitors last year, Hanes Cymru / History Wales has a fun and informative calendar of events planned that is sure to entertain and educate visitors of all ages.
Make sure you have your walking shoes with you on Wednesday 6 June as Judith Alfrey, Cadw's Head of Regeneration and Conservation leads a tour of historic Hay starting from the castle gatehouse. This event is free of charge but ticketed with limited spaces so make sure you put your best foot forward and book in advance for an insightful look into Hay's past. To reserve you place, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in to the Hanes Cymru / History Wales stand at the festival.
Cadw is inviting people from across Wales to share their 'Wishes for Wales' throughout the festival by painting pebbles inspired by Welsh history and creating a legacy of wishes for our future. The pebbles will become part of the 'Wishes for Wales' installation at St Davids Bishop's Palace, which is a Cauldrons & Furnaces project - part of the Cultural Olympiad in Wales - using art to inspire people to get involved with historic places.
Highlights of the 11 day festival also include Richard Suggett from the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales who will be speaking about 'From Castell Cricieth to Penarth Fawr'. This event, which is taking place at 8:00pm on Thursday 7 June, supports the publication of the Welsh language edition of the Criccieth Castle guidebook.
On the penultimate day of the festival, Saturday 9 June The Ramblers are arranging a walk from Hay to Llanthony Priory to highlight the Cauldrons & Furnaces pilgrimage to St Davids. The 22-day trek will begin on 16 June and arrive at St Davids on 7 July when the collection of 'Wishes for Wales' will be on display. Walking boots and waterproof clothing essential, and please bring your own lunch and refreshments. (Bus return from Llanthony to Hay.)
25 places - booking essential.
£5/ticket (free for Ramblers members).
Phone Ramblers Cymru on 029 2064 6890.
For more information go to Hay Festival's website www.hayfestival.com and follow Cadw and HanesCymru on Facebook and Twitter.
Hanes Cymru / History Wales is a partnership between Cadw, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Historic Houses Association and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Other events taking place on the History Wales / Hanes Cymru stall during the festival include:
Bookmaking workshops will take place between 10am-4pm, Saturday 2 June - Tuesday 5 June
Big Pit Badge making - 10am-4pm, Wednesday 6 June and 10am-4pm, Friday 8 June
Graffiti - 10am - 1pm Saturday 2 June - Sunday 10 June