Ways of Giving

For over 30 years Hay has brought readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world, from the beaches of Cartagena de Indias to the cities of Beirut and Mumbai. Our Festivals inspire, examine and entertain.

The Hay Festival Foundation is a registered charity created to support the aims of the Festival in Britain and internationally. The Foundation brings people of all ages together to support our educational initiatives and opportunities. We are committed to access and inclusion and to the pursuit of excellence and happiness.

The Foundation is supported through philanthropy and charitable grants, more information about Foundation projects can be found here. Please join us to secure the Festival for future generations, to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.

Caroline Michel
Chair, Hay Festival

Hay Festival garden
Hay Festival audience

How to give

There are three ways for individuals to contribute philanthropically to Hay Festival Foundation projects: as PatronsBenefactors, or members of the Chair's Circle.

Patrons

Patrons receive the following benefits, helping make your visit to Hay Festival extra special:

  • 3 days priority booking for all Hay Festival events including Earlybird and Winter Weekend tickets
  • Private areas 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*
  • Two complimentary tickets to the annual Festival Family Supper
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Closing Night Concert
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Hay Festival website, programme and donor boards
  • 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

* Food & beverages to be paid on account separately.

The cost of becoming a Patron is £1,000 per annum. To become a Patron click here or download the application form

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 such as our education and outreach projects.

Patrons
Feras Al-Chalabi, Nicholas Burton, Alison Chappell, Frances Cloud, Maureen Cruickshank, Sara Davenport, Claire Denholm, Sarah Evans, Louis Flannery, Simon Grenfell, Robin and Philippa Herbert, Marlene Hobsbawm, Ross Hollyman, Jonathan Hopkins, Ruth Huddleston, Robert Lance Hughes, Shân Legge Bourke, Jan Lindsay-Smith, Sheila Lovatt, Teresa McDonnell, Tim Meunier, Sian Rolfe, Selina Shaw, Linda Shoare, Frances Spurrier, and Paul Voyce.

“Hay is a Renaissance-style festival focused on solving humanity’s problems through literature, science and philosophy” – Reuters

Ian Rankin at Hay Festival
Margaret Atwood at Hay Festival

Benefactors

As a Benefactor you will receive the following benefits annually:

  • Your name will be printed in the Festival programmes, in the supporters page of the website and on billboards on site
  • 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 – a bespoke list of 30 events selected by the Festivals’ Director, Peter Florence
  • Reserved seating in the Festival venues
  • 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*
  • Invitations to special receptions and parties at each Festival, including two tickets for the annual Festival Family Supper
  • A free pass to the car park on-site during Hay Festival Wales

* Food & beverages to be paid on account separately.

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). To become a Benefactor, please contact maggie@hayfestival.org or jo@hayfestival.org

Download the application form

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 £1000 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 £1500 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 such as our education and outreach projects.

Benefactors
Elizabeth Bingham, Kate Bingham and Jesse Norman, Philip and Janet Bunce, Lord and Lady Burns, Nick Butler and Rosaleen Hughes, Danny Rivlin and Jacqueline Harris, Katherine and Sophia Featherstone, Tom and Karen Kalaris, Peter Lacy and Lucy Rice, Pauline and David Maydon, Hannah Rothschild, Maurice Saatchi, Terry, Sian, Isabelle and Miles Sinclair, Guy and Lory Spier.

“The most important literary festival in the western World” – New York Times

Malorie Blackman at Hay Festival
Jacqueline Wilson at Hay Festival

Chair’s Circle

The Chair’s Circle is a dedicated group of individuals who have a deep and personal involvement with the Festival, supporting our long-term future.

Led by Caroline Michel, Chair of Hay Festival Board of Directors and Trustee of the Hay Festival Foundation, members have insider access to the Festival including a dedicated programme of dinners and events hosted by Caroline at Hay Festivals around the world. We work with you to create a tailored programme of activity that suits your interests and fits with your schedule.

Membership of the Chair’s Circle is by invitation only. For more information please contact maggie@hayfestival.org

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. £5000 is a donation to the Hay Festival Foundation and gift aid can be claimed on this amount to support to the Foundation’s programmes such as our education and outreach projects.

Chair’s Circle
Stuart and Bianca Roden.