The River Wye Activity Centre is situated in Glasbury-on-Wye, a peaceful village just upstream from Hay-on-Wye.

The early village grew north of the river crossing, where a church was built dedicated to St Cynidr, a 6th-century bishop said to be buried in Glasbury. Between the 6th to the 11th century, Glasbury formed part of the Kingdom of Brycheiniog, ruled from nearby Talgarth.

Hay-on-Wye is a small market town and community in the historic county of Brecknockshire (Breconshire) in Wales. Often described as “the town of books” Hay is both the National Book Town of Wales and the site of the annual Hay Literary Festival.

Vibrant local market have been trading for over 700 years in the town centre of Hay-on-Wye. Over 35 stalls offer a diverse range of items, including local produce, takeaway food and small batch coffee.



the globe, hay on wyeThe Globe holds live music, has a friendly licensed bar , serves sustainable fresh food, cakes and coffee. As well as hosting events, talks and exhibitions. They are also available for  weddings and private hire.

  • Kids and family events – have a sit-around-Sunday with lunch, coffee and cakes whilst your kids create and build their Lego creations.
  • Friday live at the globe – a wide variety of fab Friday events ranging from Let’s get Quizzical, Dessert Island Picks to amazing live bands
  • Shenanigans at the globe – Saturday nights is Shenanigans night at the globe – join us for DJ sets and live music
  • Private screenings – To inspire, inform and connect with what is happening outside the modern media bubble, with every
  • Open mic nights – Open mic is attracting a wealth of talent to play any bit of what they fancy. Open to all ages and abilities.

Talented chef, Billy Trigg, combines seasonal and sustainable ingredients – from local UK suppliers – with his passion for global flavours, to create delicious nourishing dishes. With a family-friendly cafe and restaurant is relaxed and vibrant. On warm days you can choose to eat al fresco. And the small plates menu encourages sharing: perfect for a celebration with friends and relatives.

Their fully-stocked bar offers local beers and ciders, a selection of wine, soft drinks and spirits as well as loose leaf teas and tasty coffee sourced from Clifton Coffee Roasters.



Brook Street Pottery is an established studio ceramics gallery and a working pottery producing contemporary terracotta garden ware. The gallery has been committed to promoting and supporting British Applied Arts with a focus on pottery since 1995.

They have a curated selection of collectable ceramics from established potters and also showcase emerging talent from younger makers. The work ranges from functional tableware to decorative individual pieces and figurative sculpture. As well as exhibits of jewellery, forged metal and prints. In the upper floor gallery they hold exhibitions throughout the year. Recent solo shows include Walter Keeler, Eddie Curtis, Anna Lambert and Maureen Minchin. Group shows are often themed such as our April Garden Exhibition and The Painted Vessel Exhibition.

4.3 miles from Glasbury House




Talgarth Mill is a hub for producing award-winning food with strong local provenance and a focus on supporting the local community and the environment.

Book into a baking class, to acquire an introduction to the fine art of bread making. As well as teaching how to bake, Talgarth Mill also have a cafe and bakery. Serving homemade cakes, using only real Welsh butter and all their ingredients are sourced locally; wherever possible.

Situated at the gates of Talgarth Mill, Talgarth Mill Craft are proud to support 36 local artists. Selling a range of locally made crafts with a focus on imaginative hand made pieces that are unique and inspiring.

4.3 miles from Glasbury House



Thursday 21st – Sunday 31st May 2020 will be the 33rd festival in Wales. 


Hay-on-Wye was already well known for its many bookshops before the festival was launched. Richard Booth opened his first shop there in 1962, and by the 1970s Hay had gained the nickname “The Town of Books”. From its inception, the festival was held at a variety of venues around Hay, including the local Primary School, until 2005 when it moved to a unified location just south of the town.

The Hay Festival was one of 11 Welsh winners of The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for 2009. The 2009 festival included writers Carol Ann Duffy, David Simon, Stephen Fry, David Nicholls, Jenny Valentine and Melvyn Bragg.



Our main house is a lovely period property and has been a centre for outdoor education for over 50 years. Glasbury House currently has a capacity to sleep minimum 40 guests in bunkbeds. As well as the main house, we also have a bunkhouse which sleeps up to 27 guests.

Car parking can be pre-booked for the Car Park at Hay in aid of Macmillan, which is the closest parking available to the festival site. Disabled car parking on site can also be pre-booked. There will be additional Park & Ride Car Parking available at Clyro Court (Baskerville Hall Hotel), HR3 5LE.

It is also worth noting that the festival is at its busiest during the first weekend; midweek tends to be a little less congested.



There is no charge for entrance to the festival site; you buy tickets only for the events you want to see.

You can buy tickets online, or select the events you wish to attend and call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.

The full programme, approximately 600+ events, is not normally released until the beginning of April; we do, however, release some ‘earlybird’ tickets sooner. These are selected highlights to whet your appetite and will often sell out fast.

Tickets range from £5 to £40. There are some free events and workshops but these might have a limited capacity so please check event listings for details. Prices for children’s events are kept as low as possible, and there are normally no concessions.



There’s a great kids’ programme and lots of events with broad family appeal, and there is a whole section of the festival devoted to toddlers and parents. Step off-site and you can walk, swim, ride, paraglide and enjoy the most beautiful countryside in Britain.


Approximately 3.4 miles away from the River Wye Activity Centre



Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th October 2019

The Hay on Wye Walking Festival is a celebration of two-footed fun in and around the beautiful border town of Hay on Wye.  You will be able to enjoy the lush countryside, stunning hills and to step into the beautiful town of independent shops, a proudly chain-store free destination.

The walks programme, spread over four days, is broad ranging in terms of geography and interest.  There is something for all abilities and interests – all day in the hills, town walks, historical walks, a chance to learn from experts and exclusive access to paths and sites not normally open to the public.

Graded according to difficulty, walks are led by experienced leaders, all of whom know and have themselves been traversing the area for many years. Hay on Wye perches on the Wales-England border on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, blessed with a wonderful mosaic of landscapes which is not only scenically stunning but also steeped in the stories of those who have lived, fought, worked or travelled through the area over the millennia.



In the mid 11th century, the Welsh kingdoms (including Brycheiniog) were temporarily united under Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Wales. On 16 June 1056, a battle was fought at Glasbury between an English force, led by Bishop Leofgar of Hereford, and a Welsh force led by Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, at which the warrior bishop was killed.



Glasbury Bridge has repeatedly been destroyed by floods. A wooden bridge was washed away in 1738, a replacement in 1777 and a stone bridge in 1795. In 1850, a dispute between Brecknockshire and Radnorshire over costs for a new bridge led to the construction of a compromise half-wooden (Radnorshire), half-stone (Brecknockshire) bridge. The current six-span masonry bridge was built in 1923.


Perhaps our bunkhouse or main house accommodation, or campsite is fully booked or it’s not quite right for your event. There are a few local recommendations we have:



Julie and Nick Green run these three beautifully renovated cottages just down the river from us in Glasbury. Each of the three grade two listed cottages is well equipped and designed to provide a relaxing, spacious and comfortable space. The cottages sleep up to eight people and are perfect for families or couples. 


Gwennol Glamping

There’s getting away from it all, and then there’s Gwennol… The wagon has a true Canopy & Stars pedigree: it was made by the marvellous James Noble, who created Puckshipton Treehouse. She sits beside the river in a clearing accessed only by foot, or horseback, or bike, in one of the wild parts of Wales. This isolated space in the Black Mountains is psychologically about as far from the everyday as you can go, so make sure you bring the person whose company you’d choose above all others. Together you’ll have an invigorating and exhilarating time, canoeing on the River Wye, pony trekking from Llanthony, hill walking at 2000ft and feeling utterly in tune with your majestic, untouched surroundings.