On 1st April, 1977, Richard Booth proclaimed himself to be King of the Independent Kingdom of Hay and that spirit of independence has attracted outsiders, mavericks, free spirits and trendsetters ever since.

Last year to mark the 40th anniversary the town celebrated in fantastic style, and following that success this year will be even bigger! There will be 10 days of family friendly events highlighting all of the things that make Hay such a magical place.

From 30th March to 8th April 2018 there will be a full programme of events across the town, including an Easter Extravaganza from Hay Theatre Group and an opening party at the Parish Hall with local stars Supersonic Disco and WubWubWub.

There will be a variety of kid’s workshops, something for everyone and even a bookshop treasure hunt.

The full programme can be downloaded HERE. (3.6mb PDF file)

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Hay Tours will be running the following tours during the Independence Celebrations:

Friday 30th March 2018 - 11.00am                    Heritage Tour

Saturday 31st March 2018 - 11.00am              Heritage Tour

Saturday 31st March 2018 - 1.30pm                Bookshop Tour     

Monday 2nd Apr 2018 - 10.30am                       Armstrong Murder Tour

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - 14.30pm                     Armstrong Murder Tour

Wednesday 4th April 2018 - 11.00am              Bookshop Tour   

Saturday 7th April 2018 - 11.00am                 Heritage Tour

Saturday 7th April 2018 - 1.30pm                   Bookshop Tour


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