Welcome to Hay Fever

This year’s festival runs 22 May–1 June 2014. For regular updates on programme developments and Hay Festival activities, join our mailing list. For priority booking and other perks, join the Young Friends of Hay Festival.

500 Words Chris Evans

500 Words!

  • The Chris Evans and BBC2 short story competition is back for 2014. The winners will be announced at Hay Festival on 30 May...
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Hay Fever Courtyard

We have our very own festival site within the main festival site - fun for all the family!

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The Starlight Stage

Most of our Hay Fever events take place in the Starlight Stage and The Cube venues. There are also a bunch of lovely extras, including...

Make and Take

An opportunity to get crafting, from 10am to 5pm every day. Get messy and creative: your imagination is
the limit!

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The Mess Tent

A lovely, messy space for learning new things. You can come to creative workshops and drop-in sessions happening throughout each day in here.


22 MAY to 1 JUNE 2014

Shepherds Ice Cream

Jam-packed with lots of lovely flavours, including our faves
Banana Crunch and Chocolate.


Book Signings

Books and signings by all the children's and Young Adult authors on the programme are available at the Hay Festival Bookshop on the main site, just a step away from the Hay Fever Courtyard.