Become a Friend of Hay Festival

Friends membership lasts for 12 months and costs £32 for single or £55 for double membership. Either of these memberships can be upgraded to include a priority booking period for the Children’s programme, at an additional cost of £10. Membership fees support the running of the Festival office and our education outreach projects.

The Friends of Hay Festival was formed in 1988 to support and raise money for the Festival. Members continue to make a vital contribution to our success and fund the annual Friends Lecture. Our Friends contribute ideas and recommendations and are our most valued customers. Their investment allows us to fund vital education work, supports our environmental aims and supports the development of the festival.

Friends of Hay Festival benefit from:

  1. Priority booking – only Friends are able to book tickets for the first three days after events have been made available for sale
  2. Priority queuing – Friends are admitted to the main festival venues first
  3. Friends membership cards for quick identification
  4. Regular email newsletters
  5. Exclusive offers for intimate events
  6. The knowledge that your support is helping us to deliver another amazing year at Hay

Friends are offered 3 days’ priority booking on all tickets we release for Hay Festival in Wales. This includes all Earlybird tickets and tickets for the Winter Weekend. We notify all Friends by email at the beginning of any priority booking period: it is very important to respond within the limited time-frame to make the most of your membership, as once this period is over the general public will be notified and booking will be open to all.

Booking tickets as a Friend is easy – there are no membership numbers; you simply log in to our site as a returning customer with the email address and password registered on your Friends account. If you do not have a password please request a new one via the forgotten password link and follow the instructions. When viewing the programme during a priority booking period, only those logged in as Friends will be able to see and use the add to basket button.

Friends of Hay Festival

Other ways to support the festival

  • Hay Festival Friends


    We always welcome Friends and Patrons who would like to help with stewarding, to provide accommodation and to take part in other activities connected with the Festival.

  • Hay Festival Friends


    Further invaluable support for the Hay Festival comes from our Patrons by way of an annual subscription. Patrons enjoy all the benefits of Friends membership and also receive complimentary tickets to Hay Festival Segovia, the Hay Winter Weekend and one-off London events. Patrons also receive a free parking pass for the Hay Festival in May.

  • Hay Festival Friends


    You can make a positive contribution to the Festival by leaving a legacy to the Hay Festival Foundation. The Trust works to deliver a programme of education projects for students and young people.

  • Hay Festival Sponsorship


    You can sponsor the festival in a variety of ways, including Event or Series Sponsor, Venue Sponsor or Project Sponsor; or take an Exhibition Stand on the festival site.

    Find out more about sponsoring the festival...