Become a Hay Festival Patron

Our Patrons' support allows us to make the Festival as accessible as possible, enabling us to grow our audiences and give our speakers the chance to share their ideas and stories with the world.

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As a Patron you will receive the following benefits:

  • A 3-month subscription to Hay Festival Book Club. 
  • A signed copy (wherever possible) of the Hay Festival Book of the Year
  • Monthly newsletters with previews into upcoming Hay Festival events
  • Two Hay Festival Anytime subscriptions which can be shared with friends or family

During our live Festival, Hay Festival Patrons receive the following benefits:

  • Three days of priority booking for all Hay Festival events including early bird and Winter Weekend tickets
  • Access to the Patrons and Benefactors Hub - a private space for supporters to relax between events, with a concierge desk service and cloakroom facilities
  • Access for you and one guest to the Artists’ Restaurant to mix with Festival artists and speakers (food & beverages to be paid on account separately)
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Closing Night Event and pre-event hospitality
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Hay Festival website, programme and screens situated on the Festival Site
  • Entry to Hay Festival venues via the Members entrance
  • Complimentary daily pass to the official Festival car park

You will also enjoy many additional benefits throughout the year:

  • Complimentary tickets to Hay Festival Winter Weekend
  • Complimentary tickets to Hay Festival Segovia
  • One-off London events

The cost of becoming a Patron is £1,000 per annum.


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If you would like to talk about about any of our memberships please contact Ruth by email at

Gift Aid Declaration

To support the Foundation, you may wish to Gift Aid any donation made today or in the future, and any donation you may have made in the past four years to the Hay Festival Foundation. A minimum payment of £500 secures all benefits, and you may purchase these benefits separately without making any further donation. The balance of £500 is a suggested donation to the Hay Festival Foundation and gift aid can be claimed on this amount to support the Foundation’s programmes.


Feras Al-Chalabi, Jan Arkwright and Malcolm Kirkham, Nicholas and Marie-France Burton, Robert Clay, Maureen Cruickshank, Paul de Haas, Claire and Al Denholm, Alison and Stuart Eves, Victoria Graham Fuller, Andrew Gordon and Nicholas Nelson, Tony Halmos, Joanna Hilditch, Tammy Jackson, Simon Jones, Shân Legge-Bourke, Steven McColl, Teresa McDonnell, Jennifer Melly, Catherine and Stephen Nelson, Carmel Noonan, Jodie Parker, Lindsay Proctor, Sian Rolfe, Katie Smith, Paul Voyce, David Way

Life Patrons

Lorna Cartledge, Marlene Hobsbawm, Fay Hunter, Rhoda Lewis (co-founder Hay Festival)

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