LIT­ER­ARY ES­CAPE

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape -

For one fort­night a year, the sleepy Welsh town of Hay-on-wye comes alive with the Hay Fes­ti­val, a cel­e­bra­tion of lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture. It was dreamt up around a kitchen ta­ble 31 years ago, and has now gone global (who knew there was a Hay Carta­gena in Colom­bia, or Hay Are­quipa in Peru?), but the flag­ship re­mains the jewel in the crown. This year’s high­lights in­clude de­sign critic Alice Raw­sthorn’s ‘field guide to de­sign’. Ac­com­mo­da­tion-wise, Pot­tery Cot­tage Clyro (£80 per night; pot­terycottage­clyro.com) and Harp Cot­tage, with its charm­ing, but neu­tral in­te­rior (£321 for a three-night stay; harp­cot­tage.co.uk) are ideal (24 May–3 June; hayfes­ti­val.com).

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