Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Ponies, Green Rooms and Little Town Secrets - HowTheLightGetsIn Festival part 2

Okay, first off, apologies that there has been a delay in this post - this past week has been very full-on and "GO, GO, GO!" so this is the first opportunity I've had to write. But hearing about this festival is worth waiting for!

Honestly, this post has been a bit intimidating for me because I went and just kept asking myself how I would be able to do the festival justice. HowTheLightGetsIn truly offers something for everyone.

The cuties who greeted me as I got out of the car!

The charm of HowTheLightGetsIn festival was immediate from the moment I arrived.

First things first, I had a wander around the two festival sites getting acquainted where everything was and getting a sense of what was available. One thing I noticed was that the festival had a very peaceful and laidback vibe in the morning. I arrived before most people had started getting up and about but there was still a pleasant mill of people making the most of the morning space. The festival offers morning sessions - like Philosophy Breakfasts, acoustic music sessions, group and individual meditation and yoga sessions - so you won't get bored if you like to make the most of your mornings.

It struck me that this is the type of festival you can come to whether you prefer not to drink, be an early bird and tend to your spirit or if you want to party the night away and spend time lazily indulging in a big breakfast in the mornings (or both!) This is perfect for me because, although I do drink and like to party as well, I prefer to keep things in moderation and look after myself when I'm at busy festivals. I'd say that this a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere, even for people like me who experience anxiety and mental ill health. It's the kind of environment where you can go with your own flow, mix up what you feel like doing and still get the best out of your time and experience. I really enjoyed this bit of peace at the beginning of the day because it gave me a chance to get my things together and start planning what I wanted to do at the festival.

HowTheLightGetsIn Riverside Site in the morning

Afterwards I strolled across the bridge to the Globe Site where I met some wonderful festival workers who welcomed me to the Green Room and helped me organise my passes for the day. I wanted to make sure I had a range of things to talk about which you, my readers, would be interested in, so I went for these events (which I will discuss in more depth later):

- Doing Right and Feeling Good (Philosophy Talk)
- Sharing The Future (Philosophy Talk)
- Abigail Collins (Comic Burlesque Act)
- Martha Tilston (Musician)

HowTheLightGetsIn Globe Site

Local Market at Hay-on-Wye Clock Tower

With these event passes sorted I headed into town. I had been intending to just get money out and take a look at some of my favourite shops and boutiques, but I soon got enthralled! There was a market happening at the clock tower and also in the castle grounds. These markets featured various local businesses and creative enterprises. As Hay Festival overlaps with HowTheLightGetsIn festival there always seems to be events and surprises all around the town - not just on the festival sites which you are based. These festivals are also an opportunity to indulge in the local businesses here - particularly the caf├ęs, gift shops and pubs which gives the festival yet another intriguing aspect. Hay really becomes a treasure chest where you can discover your own secret favourites - whether that be little backstreet shops, a perfect pub garden or a beautiful view.

Discover secrets in Hay-on-Wye's streets
I decided to have a quick look around before the first talk 'Doing Right and Feeling Good' so I popped into my favourite shop, Satori, took some money out, took some photos and wandered back to the Globe site, ticket clutched in hand!


  1. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing, dear.

    1. Aww, thank you, Liza! I've just followed your blog now :)

      Nicky xx

  2. Those horses are so cute

    1. Oh, I know! They're so dinky small! Thanks for the comment :)


  3. The pictures are beautiful. Lovely pony photograph too! Xx

    Keep Calm and start writing ~

    1. Oh thank you so much! I'm slowly trying to get better with my photography - so I'm glad you liked it!

      Nicky xx