Little and Large – Literature Festivals in South Wales

Published: Thursday 15th Aug 2019

Written by: Home From Home Team

No doubt you’ve heard of the Hay Festival which takes place during the last week of May and early June each year in Hay-on-Wye, Wales’ ‘town of books’ situated in a beautiful valley between Brecon and Hereford. The Hay Festival is a global brand and one of the world’s largest get-togethers of international writers, children’s authors and illustrators, in a marquee village where, for 11 days you can, ‘imagine the world’. All this, plus an international food hall, workshops and a fantastic bookshop. And you don’t have to wait until 21st -31st May 2020 as you might not know there’s a Winter Festival too which takes place over the weekend of 28th November – 1st December 2019, in the town centre, made magical with Christmas lights and Christmas markets.

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With its portfolio of 250+ holiday cottages in the Mumbles, Gower, Swansea and wider south Wales area, you can be within easy reach of Hay-on-Wye and other smaller festivals such as:

  • Llandeilo Literature Festival – 4 day programme of readings, discussions, workshops and literary talks every April. Great events for children and grown-ups which take place in the quaint and quirky shops, galleries and chapels of the market town of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.
  • Caerleon Festival – 10 day festival of theatre, literature, music and more in early July in Caerleon, the beautiful Roman-Legion town with its famous fortress on the River Usk, near Newport. The acclaimed ‘Literature on the Lawn’ day of author readings and discussions takes place in a marquee in the gorgeous grounds of The Priory Inn.
  • Cardiff Book Festival – 3 days ‘where the written word comes alive, aloud and off the page’ in Jurys Inn, Cardiff, Wales’ capital city. This year the event runs from Friday, 7th September until Sunday, 9th September.
  • Crickhowell Literature Festival – 9 days of everything booky in Crickhowell, the picturesque town nestled in the Black Mountains, part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Perfect location to broaden horizons, and genres such as crime, screen and politics, at the festival or on foot in the wider area. Dates for the diary this year are 28th September until 6th October.

Get in touch with us at Home from Home to make a booking! And please excuse the pun!

Home From Home Team



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