Thursday, 19 July 2012

Hay Fayre 2012

For a quaint, market town on the Welsh Marches, Hay-on-Wye sees its fair share of excitement. 

On the weekend of July 14th-15th, The Globe café and art space saw the arrival of a brand new event by the name of Hay Fayre and it generated its fair share of buzz. And there are two more weekends to come, 25th - 26th August, and 15th - 16th September.

Punters flocked from the locality and far beyond for what the organisers call ‘a taste of the extraordinary’. The focus of the fair is a covered market, housing a selection of crafts, art, food and fashion. Amongst them are wood sculptors, jewellers, upholsterers, leather-workers and textile artists.

The event claims to be unique, with a focus on participation and demonstration rather than simply shopping. There are live displays of craftsmanship from many of the exhibitors as well as a range of workshops for the young ones. There’s even renowned children’s author Karen Wallace signing her books for all-comers.
Music is clearly another big element that differentiates Hay Fayre from the average art or craft show. Headlining the bill is Bristol-based Yes Sir Boss, a wonderfully upbeat band appearing at festivals all over Britain this summer. 

All in all, it looks like quite the weekend of activity in little old Hay-on-Wye!

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