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When is Hay Festival Winter Weekend?

Hay Festival Winter Weekend is taking place from 24 to 27 November 2022.

What to expect from Hay Festival Winter Weekend

Now in its 23rd year, this year’s event will take place at the newly renovated Hay Castle where an eclectic mix of speakers and performers will offer conversations, candle-lit storytelling, comedy, music and family workshops. 

The full programme is scheduled for release on Tuesday 27 September. 

More intimate than the spring edition, Hay Festival Winter Weekend sees the Welsh booktown’s independent shops, cafés and markets offer a warm welcome to festivalgoers within the stunning surrounds of the Brecon Beacons.

This year’s venues include Hay Castle’s Great Hall and Clore Learning Space, in addition to St Mary’s Church. Meanwhile, events will be shared in audio form at to embrace the festival’s growing digital audience.

Speakers at the event over the years have included writers Bernardine Evaristo, Damon Galgut, Jeanette Winterson, Rose Tremain, Lee Child, Douglas Stuart, Robert Macfarlane, Siri Hustvedt, Chibundu Onuzo, Matt Haig and Horatio Clare; campaigners and journalists James O’Brien, Laurie Penny, Elizabeth Day, Bryony Gordon, Jonathan Freedland, David Olusoga, Katya Adler, Luke Harding, Oliver Bullough, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Helena Kennedy and Gina Miller; actors Miriam Margolyes and Emerald Fennell, musicians Elton John and Skin; scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock; comedians Dawn French, Matt Lucas and Shazia Mirza; broadcasters Fi Glover and Jane Garvey; and Hay Festival President Stephen Fry.
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