Under a marquee during the Hay Festival, bunting covering the guy ropes.

Hay Festival



The Hay Festival, nestled in the booktown of Hay-on-Wye, Wales, stands as a beacon for intellectual exploration and cultural celebration. Founded in 1987, this independent, mission-driven event has since expanded globally, with editions in locations from Colombia to Spain. Renowned for fostering conversations that spark change, the festival gathers luminaries from various fields, including Nobel laureates, novelists, scientists, and musicians. Beyond its main events, Hay Festival champions education and outreach, touching communities worldwide. With a commitment to inclusivity and innovation, it remains a pivotal space for envisioning the world's potential, all under the esteemed presidency of Stephen Fry.

Hay 2023


Purchase tickets from the Festival Website Booking Office.

For more information about students, children, accessibility, and bookings, follow this link.


B&Bs, hotels, and cottages abound in Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding areas. There is an official campsite, Tangerine Fields, which offers riverside camping and glamping in the heart of the town center. Find out more about accommodation.


The Hay Festival takes place in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, located on the edge of the picturesque Brecon Beacons National Park.

Hay Festival Location Map


The Hay festival is dedicated to removing barriers for all. Please visit the Hay Festival Website to learn more, or email accessibility@hayfestival.com.

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