markets & market towns
East of England
Trading for over 700 years, Hay Market Day is a vibrant local market held through the streets of Hay-on-Wye every Thursday. With forty independent traders bringing a delight of creativity, with street food, crafts and vintage stalls. Conde Naste Traveller agrees, featuring Hay as one of the ’12 Best Markets in the UK’. BBC’s Food Fest also dedicated a recent episode to the Thursday market.
Hay-on-Wye itself is world-renowned for books, bookshops and the annual Hay Festival of Literature. A bustling town of independent spirit, with its own, living ‘King of Hay’ (fact) and a recently renovated medieval Hay Castle, Hay’s unique riverside position on the border between England and Wales makes it ideal for visitors to explore and enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park.
Since 2020 the Hay Christmas Fayre has taken over the streets of Hay on the second Saturday of December, with over 60 traders bringing the finest festive gifts, with carol singing, hot food and mulled wine to up the festive ante.
In 2023 the Hay Saturday Market was launched, on the first Saturday of the month from April to October. With a focus on street food and local producers, and an open invitation for everyone to come to the square, eat great food, have a drink, fill their shopping bags, and soak up the atmosphere.