Hay Castle Events

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Kids Make & Take Workshop

Decorate a bird

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Why not pop in and decorate a bird in our Clore Learning Space. Inspired by the doves and jackdaws that live around the Castle and the artwork of Mark Hearld.

Shields and swords will also be available if children would prefer to decorate them than birds!

Tickets can be purchased online or in the shop on the day.

The workshops costs £5 with materials provided.

(All children to be accompanied during the workshop)
3-10 year olds
drop in sessions

Runs between 10:30am and midday

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Price: £5.00
 

One Day Portrait Workshop

Run by Marianne Ryan and inspired by the National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

Venue: Clore Learning Space
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Our Portrait Workshop will be a great opportunity to take a close look at the portraits in the exhibition and then to have a go yourself. While much of the work on show is photographic, there are paintings too, and between them all, they demonstrate the key features so crucial to portraiture: character, mood, texture, background, scale, likeness, and of course colour (or black-and-white). Using photos of the portraits in the exhibition, we’ll be making drawings or paintings (your choice), with plenty of advice and tips from Marianne as to how to create both a likeness and an interesting picture.

Suitable for all ages and skills: beginners, improvers and experienced.
Materials: you will need to bring your own materials (drawing, watercolour, acrylic or pastel. Marianne will send you a list of the basics)
Price: £55.00
 

Kite Making Workshop

Fly with me kite flying festival

Venue: Hay Castle Lawn
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Fly With Me is an epic kite flying festival in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan. It invites people across the UK and Europe to make and fly Afghan kites on 20th August 2022, marking one year since the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban.
With over 15 events taking place across 6 countries, Fly With Me is open to all. It invites people from everywhere to celebrate Afghan culture through the simple joy of kite flying, and calls for equal and fair treatment of all people seeking asylum. It sends a message to the world
to "Remember Afghanistan'. Let's fill the skies with colour in this aerial act of welcome and hope.

In partnership with Hay, Brecon & Talgarth sanctuary for Refugees

You can just turn up on the day but a £3 donation would be much appreciated - you can do this by buying a ticket below

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Price: £3.00
 

Hay Music A4 Brass Quartet

Hay Music Trust's first concert at Hay Castle

Venue: Great Hall
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The dynamic A4 Brass Quartet play an eclectic and accessible programme of music for all ages and musical tastes. The Quartet is comprised of principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands and the concert promises to be a treat for all the family! A bar will be open on the terrace from 6.00pm

Hay Music A4 Brass Quartet

After Hours: Director's Tour

Portraits of Writers Exhibition

Venue: Hay Castle Gallery
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A last chance to see the National Portrait Gallery exhibition on portraits of celebrated British writers with Dr Tom True.
Repeated Thur 25th & Friday 26th at 5pm
Price: £5.00
 
After Hours: Director's Tour

After Hours: Director's Tour

PORTRAITS OF WRITERS EXHIBITION

Venue: Hay Castle Gallery
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A last chance to see the National Portrait Gallery exhibition on portraits of celebrated British writers with Dr Tom True.
Repeated Friday 26th at 5pm
Price: £5.00
 
After Hours: Director's Tour

After Hours: Director's Tour

PORTRAITS OF WRITERS EXHIBITION

Venue: Hay Castle Gallery
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A last chance to see the National Portrait Gallery exhibition on portraits of celebrated British writers with Dr Tom True.
Price: £5.00
 
After Hours: Director's Tour

Falconry Display on Hay Castle Lawn

Outdoor display with Wye Valley Falconry

Venue: Hay Castle Lawn
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Come and enjoy Wye Valley Falconry, landing at Castle in August! Get up close to Birds of Prey on their perches, including Owls, Hawks and Falcons and ask the experts questions about our majestic, feathered friends. The evening includes 2 flying displays of approximately 20 minutes; observe the birds' behaviour, aerial agility and natural hunting technique.

Under 5s are free and do not require a ticket
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So to not distract the Birds of Prey from their job, please leave dogs at home - thank you
Adult (over 16s)
£8.50
 
6-15 year olds
£4.50
 
Hay Cartref Residents
£5.00
 
Falconry Display on Hay Castle Lawn

Botanical Drawing & Painting Class

In Partnership with Black Mountains College

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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One day course – at Hay Castle, Clore Space

An introduction to painting beautiful botanical studies. You will receive both fresh and dried subjects - seed heads and pods - to work from, or you can take inspiration from plants growing in the Castle grounds!

This course is run in partnership with Debbie Devauden Beautiful Botanicals

Botanical Drawing & Painting Class

The Fitzwilliam at Hay

Bows & Bellows

Venue: Great Hall
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The Fitzwilliam at Hay

"Bows & Bellows!”

A fun and highly entertaining folk music event with folk trio “Bows & Bellows”. Paul, Sophie and Lucy invite you to join them for an hour of tunes, traditional and baroque plus some of their own. We encourage you to tap your feet, let go your woes, sing and sigh and go home on a high.

Local cider and a food offering available from Epicure events to compliment what promises to be a real musical treat!

1 hour
Tickets are booked through Fitzwilliam and cost £10 for general admission and £5 for students (up to age 25)

Book Art Workshop with Kate Kato

Make a daisy from an old book

Venue: Hay Castle Clore Learning Space
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Kate Kato is an artist who lives and works just outside Hay-on-Wye. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has worked with clients such as Sotheby’s and Conde Nast Publications. She has artwork in public and private collections around the world.

Visit Kate's website

In this workshop you can make an Oxeye daisy as seen in the images. This will fit perfectly in the frame provided

Price includes all materials and a frame for the finished piece
Price: £75.00
 

Hay Shantymen & the Bellow Fellows @ Hay Castle

Shanties, Cider and Sausages in the Great Hall

Venue: Great Hall
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Don’t miss this opportunity to ‘catch’ the Shantymen in collaboration with ‘Bellow Fellows’, a London based male community choir, performing in the acoustically impressive Great Hall.

Epicure events are cooking a Shanty supper - local sausages OR local veggie sausages with creamy mashed potato, roasted root vegetables, onion gravy & crispy shallots.
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5% of ticket sales will be donated to the RNLI, the chosen Shanty charity.
Adult
£7.00
 
6-16 year olds
£4.00
 
Sausage & mash
£12.50
 
Veggie sausage & mash
£12.50
 
Hay Shantymen & the Bellow Fellows @ Hay Castle