Hay Festival 2024 will take place 23 May–2 June.
You do not require a ticket to enter the festival site, but you will need to book individual tickets for each event you would like to attend. We have events that run from 9am in the morning right through the day. There are usually three or four choices across each time slot and, with each event lasting for approximately an hour, our time slots are designed with enough time so that you can get from one event to the next. To avoid disappointment, it is best to book some events in advance, but there may also be availability for some events during the festival itself, so you can purchase tickets at the Box Office when you arrive.
Friends are our loyal supporters whose involvement is greatly valued. In return for an annual membership, Friends get three days’ priority booking on all tickets we release (including the Winter Weekend). Become a Friend of the Festival.
In Hay-on-Wye, recently named by a Which? survey as the best town in Wales and one of the best in the UK, Hay is situated on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. We're between Hereford and Brecon just off the A438. The site is located on a green field called Dairy Meadows (HR3 5PJ), just ten minutes walk from the centre of Hay.
The site is open half an hour before the first event until the end of the last event each day, please check your programme for details. The Box Office opens at the same time as the site, but closes when the last event starts.
For full information on travel to and from the Festival, click here.
Most venues are together on the Festival site on Brecon Road, only a few minutes walk from each other.
Most sessions on site last around 1 hour and are followed by book signings. Our time slots are designed to allow you to move from one event to another. Please check individual listings for non-standard event durations. The evening concerts and comedy shows last 70–90 minutes.
Seating is not pre-allocated, and you take your seat on a first come-first served basis, please note that Friends of the Festival will be allowed into the venue via a priority queue to choose their seating first. Our stewards at each venue will be on hand to help you.
Our HAYDAYS events are for children and families and are included in the main listings – they are featured with coloured backgrounds. Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied to all events and workshops by an adult. A sign in and out procedure will be in place for children aged 12+ years attending workshops.
Findmeabed.co.uk is the official accommodation service and booking agent for Hay Festival. Find Me A Bed offers a wealth of information about Hay and the surrounding area, and Sarah will be happy to help you with your accommodation enquiries. Email email@example.com, or visit the website to view available accommodation. If you would like to camp, our official camping partner is Tangerine Fields. You can also find accommodation information via the local Tourist Information Services. Accommodation in Hay and the surrounding area can also be found on Air B and B and Booking.com - – see our accommodation page.
Despite the Festival taking place in a field, we do our very best to ensure the whole site is as accessible as possible. All the venues have wheelchair access, and are connected by smooth walkways. The larger venues have hearing loops, and we can arrange for the hard of hearing or lip readers to sit in an appropriate seat. If you have any particular needs relating to events or venues, please let the Box Office know at the time of booking, either over the phone or via the ‘order notes’ when booking online. If you notify us in advance, our stewards will be expecting you – simply make yourself known to them on arrival. Hay Festival is committed to removing barriers for all, regardless of your disability. If you need any additional help which is not listed above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do everything we can to make your visit as easy and stress free as possible.
Watch this space! We are hoping to be able to offer live, digital access to some of our events. The extent to which this is possible will depend on demand and funding. Please sign up to our mailing list to hear the latest news as soon as it is available. Many of our events will be recorded and available in our online archive “Hay Player” after the festival.
You will need to pass through security before entering the site with bag checks in operation. This will be done with minimal contact. Please allow extra time for arrival and do not bring large bags or rucksacks. Please report anything suspicious to a Festival steward or staff member.
Every effort is made to ensure that events start on time. Doors open 5–15 minutes before the start time. Customers with e-tickets, please make sure you have the correct barcode ready for scanning. It may not be possible to admit latecomers to all events; however, stewards will try to find a suitable break in the performance.
Keep an eye on our jobs page for any opportunities.
We invite the writers, artists, academics, thinkers and performers we most admire. We try to bring the greatest contemporary practitioners and the most exciting new voices to our audiences. We talk to publishers, writers and a huge range of advisors – including many festival-goers themselves. If you have any ideas to share, please send them to email@example.com.
Only assistance and/or guide dogs are allowed onto the festival site. If you wish to attend the festival with assistance and/or a guide dog, you are welcome to either:
(a) Inform the staff at the entrance of the Festival that you wish to enter with your assistance and/or guide dog on your day(s) of attendance; or
(b) Notify the Festival that you will be attending with your animal in advance by contacting the Box Office by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your assistance and/or guide dog is not immediately identifiable by an appropriate coat, harness, identification tag or any other means, Hay Festival retains the right to ask you to complete a self-certification form confirming that your animal is an assistance and/or guide dog and is highly trained for these purposes.
Unfortunately, only assistance and/or guide dogs are allowed on the Festival site, regrettably you will not be able to attend the Festival with an emotional support animal.
You have sole responsibility for the behaviour and well-being of your assistance and/or guide dog. Hay Festival reserves the right to remove or bar entry to any animal when it is exhibiting poor behaviour and/or poses a threat to the health & safety of others.
Audio recorders, cameras and mobile phones may not be used in the performance venues.
No smoking or vaping anywhere on the Festival site.
A paramedic is on duty at all times.
Visitors to Hay Festival may be filmed and/or photographed for future promotions of the Festival.