Become a Hay Festival Benefactor

Our Benefactors contribute to the Festival's ongoing development aims. With our Benefactors' generosity and support we are able to extend the reach and accessibility of the Festival further than ever before. 

Woman in art gallery at Hay Festival

In 2021 we hope to be able to offer a hybrid of live and digital events that will enable us to reinstate some of the usual membership benefits alongside some new ones. 

As a Benefactor you will receive the following benefits:

  • A 3-month subscription to Hay Festival Book of the Month. Includes signed copies (wherever possible) of the Book of the Month
  • ‍A signed copy (wherever possible) of the Hay Festival Book of the Year 
  • ‍Monthly newsletters with previews into upcoming Hay Festival events 
  • ‍Four Hay Player subscriptions, which can be shared with friends and family.

At the live Hay Festival, Wales you will receive the following benefits, helping make your visit to Hay Festival extra special:

  • Your name will be printed in the Festival programmes, in the supporter page of the website and on donor boards situated on the Festival Site
  • ‍Reserved seating in the Festival venues, where possible
  • ‍Access to the Kitchen Table, a private area for Benefactors and Patrons to relax between events, with a concierge desk service and cloakroom facilities
  • ‍‍An invitation to coffee at the Director’s Table in the Green Room whenever space allows, and you may entertain your guests in the Artists’ Restaurant (food & beverages to be paid on account separately)
  • ‍Invitations to special receptions and parties at each Festival
  • ‍Complimentary daily pass to the official Hay Festival car park
  • ‍Complimentary tickets to all our festivals around the world – in Wales, Spain, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – as well as other Festivals that may come on stream in the next five years
  • Advice about travel and accommodation to and at international festivals, as well as providing a ‘Director’s cut’ of each programme (upon request).

Please note that some benefits at our live events may be altered to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols. 

The membership is for five years and two people. The cost of becoming a Benefactor is £10,000 for five years (or £2,500 per annum).

Download the application form


Already a Benefactor? Renew or upgrade here

If you would like to talk about any of our memberships please contact Jo 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 £1,000 per annum secures all benefits (whether you pay annually or as a one-off payment) and you may purchase these benefits separately without making any further donation. The balance of £1,500 is a suggested donation to the Hay Festival Foundation and gift aid can be claimed on this amount to support to the Foundation’s programmes.


Elizabeth Bingham, Kate Bingham and Jesse Norman, Philip and Janet Bunce, Terry and Anne Burns, Nick Butler and Rosaleen Hughes, Jeremy Coller, Nigel and Bernie Foster, T.S Eliot Foundation, Jacqueline Harris and Danny Rivlin, Thomas and Karen Kalaris, Peter and Lucy Lacy, Kevin and Fiona Loosemoore, David and Pauline Maydon, Hannah Rothschild, Terry, Sian, Isaac and Miles Sinclair, Guy and Lory Spier, Steve and Kate Williams

Donna Brazile on stage at Hay Festival
Hay Festival tent tops at twilight