Festival Friends

Friends of Hay Festival was formed in 1988, their valuable support enables us to celebrate the greatest contemporary writers, artists and thinkers from across the globe, support our vital education and outreach work, nurture new voices, engage new audiences, increase our reach and secure the Festival for future generations.

We value our Friends as part of our community. As well as supporting us financially, they contribute ideas and recommendations to the Festival itself.

Our work is constantly evolving so that we can deliver a unique experience to our audiences – whether digitally or, in the not-too-distant future, live from our green fields in Hay. We are working on delivering extra benefits to our Friends.

Friends membership lasts for 12 months from the date joined and costs £32 for single or £55 for double membership. Double memberships are designed for people who live at the same address and book together. All memberships are assigned to a single account.

Single and Double memberships can be upgraded to include a priority booking period for the Family programme, at an additional cost of £10.

Festival Friends
Friends Single Membership

Priority booking, queuing and updates for one person

£32
 
Friends Single Membership plus Family

All Friends benefits for one adult plus priority benefits for HAYDAYS events

£42
 
Friends Double Membership

Priority booking, queuing and updates for two people

£55
 
Friends Double Membership plus Family

All Friends benefits for two adults plus priority benefits for HAYDAYS events

£65
 
Gift Membership

Send the gift of membership to friends or family

from £32
Hay Festival Patron
£1,000
 
Hay Festival Benefactor
£10,000
 
Benefit
Friend
Friend plus family
Patron
Benefactor
Bene-
factor
Monthly email newsletters
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
Copy of the print programme (free postage & packaging)
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Use of Friends entrance in Festival venues during Hay Festival
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Membership card
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Three days' priority booking on all in-person tickets for the main programme
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Three days' priority booking for HAYDAYS Family programme
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
Three-month subscription to Hay Festival Book of the Month. Includes signed copies (wherever possible) of the Book of the Month
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
A signed copy (wherever possible) of the Hay Festival Book of the Year
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
Hay Player subscription
Plus an additional Hay Player subscription which can be gifted to a friend or family member.
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
Acknowledgement of support online, on site and in print programme (when applicable)
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Daily pass for the official Festival car park
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Access to artists' restaurant*
* Food & beverages to be paid on account separately
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Access to Kitchen Table
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Two complimentary tickets to annual Festival Family Supper
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Two complimentary tickets to closing night concert and pre-event hospitality
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Complimentary tickets to Hay Festival Segovia, Winter Weekend and one-off London events
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Complimentary tickets to Hay Festival events
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Reserved seating in Festival venues
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Complimentary tickets to international Festivals
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor
IN PERSON Invitations to exclusive receptions and parties
Friend
Friend + family
Patron
Benefactor