Saturday, 28 May 2016

Small Businesses at the Festival

It's the first weekend of Hay Festival, and we've already had our first little thunderstorm!
During every Festival, shops pop up around town - like A Rule of Tum, a burger bar which has taken over St John's Place for the duration, with tables outside as well. They were here last year, too, and I'm told their burgers are really good.
Up above them (with signs warning of the Wonky Stairs) is my neighbour Julie, with her Welsh tweed ponchos. She has the cloth made at the only Welsh woollen mill which still does that style.
Down on Brecon Road, the Freemason's Hall has been taken over by the Strand Cafe of Talgarth - they do outside catering.
On the edge of town, the Children's Bookshop is open from 8.30am to 8.30pm for the Festival (they're No. 1 on the Book Town Map).
My computer has decided not to talk to my camera again for the moment, so you'll have to imagine the photo of the hexagonal tent next to the Stone House, opposite the Globe, where Paul Haynes is selling some of his stock of books. He also has a unit at Broad Street Books for his more collectable volumes.
Yesterday there were stalls in the Buttermarket and Cheesemarket, with crafts and vintage goods - Fabazar Fairtrade stall was there with a colourful array, and a stall raising money for Rojo Rojo orphanage, at Kilifi, Kenya- they have a regular spot at Ludlow Market on Mondays with their Kenyan crafts.
And today it's Fair on the Square, with lots of vintage stalls.

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