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Hay Festival

Hay Festival

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Hay Festival

Festival, Thu 26 May - Sun 5 Jun 2022

Dairy Meadows,
Brecon Road,
Hay on Wye,



Returning for its first in-person spring event since 2019, Hay Festival is the world’s leading festival of ideas, bringing readers and writers together in sustainable events to inspire, examine and entertain.

There will be in-person appearances from Svetlana Alexievich, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Stephen Fry, Nicola Sturgeon, Minnie Driver, Monica Ali, Damian Lewis, Jimmy Page, Damon Galgut, Ben Okri, Bernardine Evaristo, Bill Bailey, Bryn Terfel, Serhii Plokhy, Caryl Lewis, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Corinne Bailey Rae, A´ine Ni´ Ghlinn, Alice Roberts, Amy Liptrot, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, Cressida Cowell, David Baddiel, David Harewood, David Olusoga, David Spiegelhalter, Ed Balls, Edmund de Waal, Elif Shafak, Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, George Monbiot, Gillian Clarke, Ian Rankin, Inua Ellams, Jacqueline Wilson, Jay Blades, Jarvis Cocker, Jenny Packham, Joe Wicks, Julian Barnes, Lady Hale, Lemn Sissay, Lenny Henry, Lyse Doucet, Mariana Mazzucato, Mieko Kawakami, Oliver Bullough, PJ Harvey, Reginald D Hunter, Sheila Hancock, Simon Amstell, Zelda Perkins, an all-star Letters Live cast led by Benedict Cumberbatch, and more...

This year’s programme launches the best new fiction and non-fiction, while offering insights and debate around some of the biggest issues of our times. Award-winning writers, policy makers, pioneers and innovators take part from around the world, seeking solutions to the biggest issues of our time, from the climate crisis to global conflicts.

Events begin with the free Programme for Schools before HAYDAYS and #HAYYA events for families encourage young readers to get creative throughout the half-term week.

Late nights at the Festival are given over to great music, comedy and entertainment, while theatre is woven throughout the programme in collaborations with Letters Live, Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour, and The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

Former US Secretary of State, First Lady and US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will appear at Hay Festival 2022 in conversation with lawyer Helena Kennedy on Thursday 2 June as part of the Festival’s Women & Power series.

The first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party, Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of eight books.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility Facilities

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 26 May - Sun 5 Jun 2022

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 26 May - Sun 5 Jun Hay Festival Wales


Dairy Meadows,
Brecon Road,
Hay on Wye,

Location and nearby places


Plan route to Hay Festival using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 228422  Lat: 52.07276 Long: -3.12775


By Train: Trains to Hereford from North, Midlands and South are met by festival buses.

By Car: Car parking can be pre-booked for the Car Park at Hay in aid of Macmillan, which is the closest parking available to the festival site. Disabled car parking on site can also be pre-booked. There will be additional Park & Ride Car Parking available at Clyro Court (Baskerville Hall Hotel), HR3 5LE

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 20 miles from Hereford station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
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