Now in its 18th year, Hay’s Winter Weekend Festival has become a mainstay of the festival calendar for literary types. Thanks to the smaller, more intimate scale and its location in the centre of town, the Winter Weekend is considered by some to be more like the original Festival as it debuted in 1988—though that may be about to change. The 2017 programme is a day longer than usual and includes double the seated capacity of previous years, though all events are still centered around the historic town square. Highlights include GQ editor Dylan Jones on his new David Bowie biography, as well as talks with writers Robert Macfarlane and Jeanette Winterson, comedian Matt Lucas, horticulturalist Monty Don and broadcaster Jeremy Vine. Head along on Saturday to take advantage of the Food Festival component, with 50 stalls serving the best local produce.