Hay Festival Wales
The Hay Festival in Wales is a collection of book and literacy events in Wales, located throughout the festival site in Hay on Wye.
The Hay Festival for 2019 runs from Thursday 23rd of May to Sunday 2nd of June.
The Hay book festival is located at a tented village in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park.
It is located between Hereford and Brecon just off the A438 and you can get to the festival in the following ways:
By Train to Hereford from North, Midlands and South Where passengers will be met by festival buses. It’s a beautiful but exacting bike ride, and a stupendous drive from any direction.
You can stay in spectacular and reasonably priced camping all around the sites as well as in any of these other accommodation options:
Hay on Wye and the surrounding area has some superb B&B’s, hotels, cottages and campsites in some of the UK’s most glorious and spectacular countryside.
Accommodation can be at a premium during the ten days of the Festival and many rooms are booked up a year in advance, so it’s always worth booking early. But, there are always beds to be found and there are some excellent campsites within walking distance of the festival site.
visithay.co.uk is the official accommodation service and booking agent for Hay Festival and has replaced our Bedfinder service. visithay offers a wealth of information about Hay and the surrounding area and Sarah will be happy to help you with your accommodation enquiries. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Sarah on 07375 396 748 or click here to view available accommodation.
Alternatively, please do try our sponsor hotels and campsites. They are all excellent.
Visitors may also contact the following Tourist Information Services:
- Hay-on-Wye – 01497 820 144
- Talgarth – 01874 712 226
- Brecon – 01874 622 485
- Crickhowell – 01873 812 105
- Hereford – 01432 268 430
- Kington – 01544 230 778
- Camping at Tangerine Fields – www.tangerinefields.co.uk
- Camping by Pillow at Wye Meadow – pillow.co.uk – Tel 01666 504 601
- Borders Hideaway, luxury caravan & camping facilities – 3 miles from the festival – bhhhp.co.uk – Tel 01497 820 156
- outdoors@hay, self-pitch camping, a short walk from the Festival site – training-activities.co.uk/hayfestival – Tel 01497 820 426
- Gypsy Castle Camping – Enjoy camping just a 2 minute walk from the Hay Festival site, and a 5 minute walk from Hay-on-Wye town centre – gypsycastlecamping.co.uk/ – Tel 07780 974 151
- Kilverts – www.kilverts.co.uk
- The Rhydspence Inn – www.rhydspence.com
- The River Café, Glasbury – www.wyevalleycanoes.co.uk
- Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages – www.breconcottages.com
- Wales Cottage Holidays – www.walescottageholidays.co.uk
B&B’s and hotels tend to get booked up year on year by regular visitors, but there’s a local website that lists anyone with a spare bedroom within 40 miles!
The website is called visithay.co.uk and offers festival goers a special rate.
WHERE DO WE PARK IF WE ARE VISITING FOR THE DAY?
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.
Parking for this car park costs £7 per day, you can come and go as you please and you will be guaranteed a space whatever the weather.
You can pre-book your car parking by phoning the Festival Box Office on 01497 822 629 or book online.
Disabled car parking on the Festival site can also be pre-booked. The disabled car park costs £5 per day and can be pre-booked by calling 01497 822 629.
There will be additional Park and Ride Car Parking available at Clyro Court (Baskerville Hall Hotel), HR3 5LE.
WHAT DOES THE FESTIVAL SITE LOOK LIKE AND HOW ACCESSIBLE IS IT?
The Festival is located on a green field site with all the venues just a brief walk apart linked by covered and carpeted boardwalks. Unlike many festivals, you shouldn’t encounter too much mud. View a map of the site below.
There is easily accessible drop-off points and a disabled car park for blue badge holders on the Hay Festival site.
Please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629 to book the disabled car park and for any other accessibility queries that you have, and they will do their best to make your visit as easy as possible.
It is also worth noting that the Hay Festival is at its busiest during the first weekend; midweek tends to be a little less congested.
HOW IS THE HAY FESTIVAL TICKETED?
There is no charge for entrance to the festival site; you buy tickets only for the events that you want to see at the Hay Festival.
You can buy tickets online, or select the events you wish to attend and call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.
Events will sell out and booking can be competitive. If you sign up to a mailing list or become a Friend (where you receive priority booking) they will let you know immediately when tickets are released.
The full programme, approximately 600+ events, is not normally released until the beginning of April; but they do, however, release some ‘earlybird’ tickets sooner. These are selected highlights to whet your appetite and will often sell out by the time the full programme is released.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
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.
ARE THERE FREE TICKETS FOR STUDENTS?
We are committed to increasing access to the Festival for students and those in full-time higher education. If you fall into this category you can come and enjoy educational events for free. We keep back a student allocation for all events.
If you would like to secure some of these tickets, please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629 on or after 2 May (student tickets cannot be booked online). Each student can pick up to five events – if the ticket allocation is gone for a particular event, you will be asked to choose a replacement. Please have your list ready, together with your reserve choices and the corresponding event numbers, before you call.
You will need to quote your student ID when booking tickets, and they ask for a £10 deposit payable by credit or debit card, refundable when you collect your tickets at the Box Office. The Hay Festival organisers ask for a deposit in order to prevent wastage of uncollected tickets. Tickets will be held at the Box Office for collection, and you will be asked to present your valid student ID when collecting tickets.
WHO ARE THE FRIENDS OF HAY FESTIVAL AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A FRIEND?
Friends are our loyal supporters whose involvement is greatly valued. In return for an annual membership, Friends get three days’ priority booking on all tickets released and join a different queue at the festival, which allows them into the venue to choose their seats first.
To become a Friend of the festival join online at the main festival website.
HOW DID THE HAY FESTIVAL START?
Some say Big Bang, some believe in a freak poker game… more likely there were a bunch of friends round a kitchen table wanting something to do of an evening.
HOW ARE THE HAY FESTIVAL WRITERS & PERFORMERS CHOSEN?
We invite the writers, artists, academics, thinkers and performers we most admire. We try to bring the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices to our audiences. The directors talk to publishers, writers and a huge range of advisors – including many Festival-goers themselves.
Well, according to the survey results… Hay-goers have very little socially, economically or politically in common other than the Festival. Debate results suggest they are sceptical about monarchy and religion, not much bothered about hunting, very bothered about illegal invasions of other countries conducted with no medium and longer term planning, and passionately engaged with the environment, good food and having a good time. Writers say they’re exceptionally well read and pretty smart.
IS THE HAY FESTIVAL GOOD FOR FAMILIES?
There’s a great kids programme and lots of events with broad family appeal, and a whole section of the Festival is devoted to toddlers and parents. Step off-site and you can walk, swim, ride, paraglide and enjoy the most beautiful countryside in Britain.
WHAT’S THE SAFETY POLICY FOR KIDS?
Children aged 12 years and under must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian, including during events, unless otherwise stated in the programme.
The Lost Child Point is located in the Make and Take Tent in the HAYDAYS Courtyard between 10am and 5pm every day. Outside these hours it will be located in the Festival Admin Office, next to the Box Office on site.
HOW IS HAY FESTIVAL FOR SINGLETONS?
Give it a go. There are thousands of people here to make friends with. We’ve had 29 weddings of couples who met at the festival. And they’re just the ones who got hitched. It’s not the ideal location for solitude or misanthropy, unless you’re after a cure.
HAY FESTIVAL 2019 SITE MAP