Working at Hay Festival

The festival is put together by hundreds of people coming together to build the site, produce the show, welcome our guests and spread the word. If you'd like to be part of it all, please join in.

Ice creams in the sun on Hay Festival site


We are still looking for one or two people to join our Front of House team for the 2019 Festival. Jobs include working on the main reception desk, assisting with Friends, Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors and helping with parties and receptions, plus other duties as required.  

Applicants need to be:

  •  Polite, courteous and able to work well within a team.
  •  Able to work flexible hours in various positions across the duration of the festival 23 May–2 June 2019.

Previous experience in a similar role would be preferred but not essential. Candidates would need to secure their own accommodation in Hay on Wye, or surrounding area. 

 For further information or to apply send a current CV to Adrian or call on 01497 822 620.


We require a small team for the duration of the festival (on shifts) from 23 May until 2 June, tasks include:

  • Table clearing and wiping down
  • Recycling
  • Overseeing the 14 food traders in the Foodhall or 7 traders in the Family Area
  • Ensuring general cleanliness and Health and Safety standards are adhered to at all times
  • Working as part of a team
  • Must be reliable and punctual. 

For further information or to apply please email Georgie on or call on 01497 822 620.


Big Event Catering Ltd are looking for smart, professional, outgoing individuals with a passion for food and great customer service.

They are hiring kitchen crew and front of house personnel to join their dynamic, fun and friendly team for the Artist Restaurant, The Grove public restaurant and crew catering facilities at Hay Festival and/or other major events.

They are recruiting experienced kitchen staff, baristas, bar staff and plate waiters. Full training given, excellent rates of pay, free food and a great working environment with a top team! Due to licensing legal requirements, for some positions, applicants must be 18 years of age or over. If you thrive on hard work, have stamina and a good sense of humour please email your CV to

Coffee Cart Co staff for Hay Festival 2019

The Coffee Cart Co are hiring Baristas and Team Members for their pop-ups at Hay Festival and/or other shows and festivals. They are looking for bright, bubbly individuals with superior customer service and stamina under pressure. 

Full training given, excellent rates of pay, free food and accommodation and friends for life! Due to licensed bar responsibilities, applicants must be 18+ years.

If you feel you have what they're looking for please email your CV to

Help as a steward

All the events at Hay Festival Wales are stewarded by teams of between four and ten. The main job is to make sure the audiences are safe and happy before, during, and after each event.

Stewards work shifts of three to four hours. It’s voluntary but fun and you’ll make lots of good friends.

If you're interested in helping out for 2019, please fill out this form to submit your details and availability.