Hay Festival 2022 will take place 26 May–5 June.
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 five minutes' walk from the centre of Hay.
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Whatever your taste, you’ll find something on the Festival site to satisfy your appetite or quench your thirst. You can choose from one of our delicious Festival Food Arena options, book a meal in advance at the Grove Restaurant or pre-book a tasty picnic box. Click here for full information.
Exhibition stands this year include immersive experiences, handcrafted clothing, jewellery, local art and crafts, unique homewares, gourmet food and drink, travel, social enterprise, magazines and charities. Click here for a full list.
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 another (with exception of the events at our offsite venues which may take a little longer to get to). To avoid disappointment, it is best to book some events in advance, but there will also be availability for some events during the festival itself, so you can add to your schedule at the box office when you arrive.
Most venues are on the Festival site on Brecon Road, only a few minutes’ walk from each other. St Mary’s Church is behind the Swan Hotel, at the end of St Mary’s Road. Hay Castle is located in the centre of town. A shuttle bus runs between the town and the site throughout the day. It is approximately a 12-minute walk.
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 allow extra time between events for off-site venues and check individual listings for non-standard event durations. The Shakespeare performances last 2 hours and evening concerts and comedy shows last 70–90 minutes.
Seating is not pre-allocated. Our stewards at each venue will be on hand to help you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 accomodation information via the local Tourist Information Services – see our accommodation page.
All the venues have wheelchair access and hearing loops. 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. If you have any particular requirements which would make your visit to the site in general easier, or more pleasant, please email email@example.com.
Some events will be streamed online: further details will be available shortly. Almost all of our events will be recorded and available in our online archive “Hay Player” after the festival.
We will work with any Welsh Government guidelines in place at the time of the festival and will communicate these to you should they change. We have made some modifications to the the site lay out and reduced overall capacity to make the festival more Covid safe. If we are forced to cancel the live festival because of Government regulations relating to Covid-19 you will be entitled to a refund for your ticket(s).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Unfortunately only assistance dogs are allowed inside Hay Festival events. We hope that this doesn’t stop you from coming to the Festival. The town and surrounding countryside are great for dogs. There are many lovely walks nearby, including the mountains above Hay and a path along the river. See the Hay Tourist Information Bureau website for some ideas.
The official Festival charity partner for 2022 is the Disasters Emergency Committee. The Festival also works with a number of other local and global charity partners: there are occasionally collections after some events.
Hay Festival 2023 will take place 25 May–4 June.
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.