Hola lovely people!
This year is absolutely flying by – I can’t believe we’re nearly halfway through already…
Last week, I celebrated my 24th birthday by eating lots (of course) and going to the Hay on Wye book festival.
We saw Letters Live which was absolutely brilliant – it’s a fantastic concept and it really brings history to life. If you get the opportunity to go and see a performance, I’d highly recommend it.
Hay on Wye is one of my favourite places in the world & if you’re a booklover, you should definitely visit – it’s known as the Town of Books because there are bookshops everywhere.
I actually went up there last month to meet some friends and picked up some goodies…
There are a few places that I visit every time I go up to Hay & I thought it would be nice to share them with you. Nice to share, isn’t it?
Ask anyone about Hay & the first thing they’ll probably mention is Richard Booth’s bookshop.
It’s legendary and so is he.
Richard Booth is the one who started the whole bookselling thing up in Hay in order to bring more trade to the town. His bookshop spans three floors & it contains a cafe and cinema too.
I think I’ve bought all the J.M. Barrie books up there but there’s plenty of others to browse 🙂
Find out more: http://www.boothbooks.co.uk/
This place is really one of the loveliest bookshops.
It’s full to the brim with books – so much so that they’ve opened a shop across the road dedicated to ‘Murder & Mayhem’ plus they’ve even got an annex for even more books.
This is where I bought my little ‘home is where my books are’ cup (above) & there were lots of lovely gifts available to buy – honestly, you could spend forever in there.
If you’re in Hay-on-Wye, you need to visit!
Find out more: http://www.hay-on-wyebooks.com/
Shepherds Ice Cream
Whenever I’m in Hay on Wye, I always end up eating at Shepherds. Their food is simple but delicious and their ice cream is out of this world.
It’s made from sheep’s milk and it’s absolutely gorgeous. There’s usually a queue for the ice cream but I promise you – it is worth the wait.
Find out more: http://www.shepherdsicecream.co.uk/
The Castle Book Store
You can’t miss the castle on the hill (stop singing the Ed Sheeran song) – it’s pretty close to the bookshops & Shepherd’s.
Within the castle grounds, there are bookshelves with no apparent seller. Hay Castle’s bookshop is actually run on an honesty basis so you leave as much as you want to.
With paperbacks at 50p & hardbacks at £1, this place is not one to be missed.
Find out more: http://haycastletrust.org/
And there you have it! I hope you have a wonderful time if you’re visiting – let me know how you find it 🙂