A Trip to Hay on Wye

For my very first ‘Papery Peep’ link up, as part of my #BringBackPaper campaign, I’m sharing a fabulous day out that I had earlier this month…

I’ve meaning to visit Hay on Wye for years. A place full of bookshops is kind of like my mother-ship! So, this year, I decided to surprise my mum for Mother’s Day (I get my bookworm ways from her!) with a trip down there. Yes, it was a treat for me as well as for her – win, win! And the crucial part of this day trip is that we went WITHOUT the children! An unprecedented full day out without the kids, to browse books at leisure. I was looking forward to it, and it didn’t disappoint.

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I loved it! There were just thousands of books for me to explore, and with a good, old smattering of stationery. We were in and out of bookshop after bookshop, as well as stopping for lunch in a sweet little bistro. I may well have come home with a fair few books, too 😉

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32 thoughts on “A Trip to Hay on Wye”

    1. Now that sounds like a fun mission and one that I’d fully support! I go mad if I don’t read for a while 😉

  1. I have to go! I used to spend so much time browsing book shops, but It’s not something you can do when you’ve little ones tagging along. I’ve not been to Hay on Wye but it sounds like my kind of place.

    1. It’s fabulous. I’ll certainly be going again – I’m thinking an annual ‘pilgrimage’ is called for! X

  2. Ah, I went to the Hay on Wye Literary Festival with a group of girlfriends back in 2006 and it was the best fun ever! They were all from my (former) book group. We stayed in a really cool place with dormitaries (sp?) and booked ourselves up for talks from people like Sebastian Faulks. There were lots of fun events too and of course the best of all was browsing the amazing little town and all it’s bookshops! I highly recommend it! Can’t see myself being able to do that again for some time!! X

    1. That sounds brilliant! What a fabulous memory to have. I would love to do that, but as you say, not for some time!

  3. That sounds like such a great day with your mum! I have always wanted to go there (and never managed to). x Mel #BringBackPaper

  4. That looks like a very ‘you’ place! I love the smell of second hand bookshops, reminds me of being dragged round hundreds of them as a child x

  5. I love, love, love hay on wye! My book loving friend and I used to go loads- I bought some gorgeous childrens fairy tale illustrations last time for 50p each- must dig them out and frame them!

  6. How many books did you come home with haha!
    It’s great there I found lots of books I had been looking for.
    Glad you had a lovely Mothers Day treat too.

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