Hay Festival 2024 - Hay-on-Wye

Hay Festival 2024 - Hay-on-Wye

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Get your tickets to Hay festival and enjoy a day full of art, literature, education, science, politics and more!

Hay Festival brings together diverse voices from the worlds of art, literature, science, politics, music and comedy to listen, talk, debate and create. Through one-of-a-kind festivals - Hay festivals celebrate and inspire different views, perspectives and points of view.

What is Hay Festival?

Hay Festival is an international festival that's back in Hay-on-Wye this year! Entry to the festival site is free, but book the events and activities that take your fancy beforehand to enjoy them on the day!

When is Hay Festival?

Hay festival takes place between 23 May–2 June at the Hay-on-Wye site. 

What's on at Hay Festival?

Hay Festival has a fascinating array of events and activities for you to choose from, scroll down to see the highly anticipated ones below and book tickets!

  • Hamza Yassin Saturday 25 May 2024, 10am - CBeebies’ Hamza Yassin explains how everyday nature heroes play a crucial part in our ecosystem, and how you have a role to play too!
  • Hadestown Monday 27 May 2024, 9pm–10.10pm - In this special event, Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell and members of the UK cast introduce us to the musical and perform excerpts from the show!
  • Nitin Sawhney Thursday 30 May 2024, 8.30pm–10pm - Nitin Sawhney brings his most recent album, Identity, packed full of collaborations with his favourite artists!

Hay festivals offers many other special guests, and fun events for little ones such as arts, crafts and play! See interesting talks, enjoy performances, listen to good music and get involved in lots of events!

Book your tickets here below to all the exciting events Hay festival has to offer!


Enjoy Hadestown at Hay Festival! Hear creator Anais Mitchell and the cast of Hadestown unpack the performance and perform some of the shows best hits!

Available from 27 May 2024 to 27 May 2024

Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney brings to Hay Festival his most recent album, Identity, packed full of collaborations with his favourite artists!

Available from 30 May 2024 to 30 May 2024
Brecon Road,
Herefordshire HR3 5PJ
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How To Find Us


Hay-on-Wye is just off the A438 between Brecon and Hereford. The Festival site (HR3 5PJ) is well signposted for drivers.

Car sharing
We recommend using Hay Festival partners goCarShare, BlaBlaCar.com and Liftshare to connect drivers with spare seats and those needing help getting to Hay. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, as well as being a big help in reducing carbon emissions and congestion – and it also saves everyone money.

Car charging
You'll find four fast electric charging points in Oxford Road car park in the centre of Hay-on-Wye (HR3 5EQ), and further charging points a five-minute drive from Hay at Baskerville Hall (Clyro HR3 5LE). National car charging websites will show more charging locations in the local area.


The nearest railway station is Hereford, twenty miles away.

Hereford train station is served by regular trains as follows:

Great Western Railway (GWR) from London Paddington, Reading (rail/air link from London Heathrow) and Oxford
Transport for Wales (TfW) from South West Wales, Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran and Abergavenny
Transport for Wales (TfW) from Manchester Piccadilly, Stockport, Wilmslow, Crewe, Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Leominster
Transport for Wales (TfW) from North Wales, Chester, Wrexham and Gobowen (Oswestry)
West Midlands Trains from Birmingham New Street, Bromsgrove, Worcester Foregate Street, Great Malvern and Ledbury


Running between Worcester, Hereford and Hay, the special Festival bus service links with trains and coaches at Hereford’s train and bus stations, and also Worcester Crowngate Bus Station. This service runs for the duration of the Festival.

Tickets for all journeys can be bought on the bus. We’re sorry that we’re unable to accept concessionary passes on this service.

Tickets: Hereford to Hay
Adults £10 single, £14 day return, £16 period return

Children (5–15 years) £6 single, £8 day return, £10 period return

Family of up to four people (max. two adults) £34 return

The bus will stop at the following stops each way on this route.

Hereford Railway Station - Country Bus Station (Stand 6) - Maylord Shopping Centre (Stand 2) - Victoria Court - Whitecross Memorial - Kings Acre - Stretton Sugwas Turn - Post Office, Swainshill - Kenchester Turn - Bridge Sollers, Crossroads - Byford, Old School - Portway, Hotel - Staunton-on-Wye - Letton, The Swan - Kinnersley Turn - Willersley, Turn - Winforton, Sun Inn - Whitney-on-Wye, Church - Rhydspence, Border - Clyro, Square - Hay-on-Wye, Hay Castle

  • Paid parking
  • Food & Drink
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Access

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:

  • 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
  • Notify the Festival that you will be attending with your animal in advance by contacting the Box Office by email to: [email protected]

Despite the Festival taking place in a field, they do their 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 they can arrange for the hard of hearing or lip readers to sit in an appropriate seat.

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 [email protected] and they will do everything they can to make your visit as easy and stress free as possible!

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