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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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 Patron 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 
  • ‍Two Hay Player 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 Kitchen Table - a private space for Patrons 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 annual Festival Family Supper
  • ‍Two complimentary tickets to the Closing Night Concert and pre-event hospitality
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Hay Festival website, programme and donor boards situated on the Festival Site
  • Entry to Hay Festival venues via the Friends 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

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

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 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 £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, Tracey Bleakley, Carol and Nick Brigstocke, Alison and Paul Chappell, Hilary Crowe, Alison Eves, Louis Flannery QC, James Gardner, Tony Halmos, Tammy Jackson, Teresa McDonnell, Jonathan Morgan, Stephen and Lorna Payne, Christopher Rhodes, Selina Shaw, Paul Voyce, Pamela Wagstaff, David Way

Life Patrons

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

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