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Festival, Thu 23 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019, free entry

Hay Festival

Hay Festival

Hay Festival


Dairy Meadows,
Brecon Road,
Hay on Wye,

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 23 May - Sun 2 Jun Hay Festival
Fri 24 - Mon 27 May HowTheLightGetsIn Festival - Hay 2019


The Hay Festival brings together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders.

Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.

The exchange of views and meeting of minds create and inspire revelations personal, political and educational. Hay is, in Bill Clinton's phrase, 'The Woodstock of the mind'.

Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain.

For 10 days in late May/early June, Hay is full of stories, ideas, laughter and music.

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 by the time the full programme is released.

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.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 23 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019


Free entry

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


See location of Hay Festival on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SO 228422  Lat: 52.07276 Long: -3.12775

The Hay Festival takes place on a greenfield site, 5 minutes' walk from the centre of the town of Hay on Wye.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 20 miles from Hereford station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access