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Festival, Thu 23 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019, free entry

Dairy Meadows,
Brecon Road,
Hay on Wye,


Hay Festival’s programme for its 32nd edition: Award-winning writers will gather to launch new work, while global policy makers, pioneers and innovators seek solutions to the biggest issues of our time, from the rise of populism to the climate crisis. Featuring over 600 speakers in events across 11 days, the Festival also offers a vibrant schedule of late-night music, comedy and entertainment for all ages alongside HAYDAYS and #HAYYA programmes encouraging younger readers to get creative.

Major global anniversaries will be marked through the week, including Da Vinci 500, Rembrandt 350, Kindertransport 80 years on, Stonewall 50, and Tiananmen Square 30 years on, plus a range of milestones in the children’s book world: Elmer and We're Going on a Bear Hunt at 30, The Gruffalo at 20, and 20 years of the Children’s Laureate.

A new international Hay Festival project launches: Europa 28 brings together prominent female authors, thinkers, writers and scientists - one participant from each EU country, across genres and generations - to discuss their visions for the future of Europe, culminating at a new festival in the upcoming European Capital of Culture, Rijeka, Croatia, in June 2020.

Literary award winners will be celebrated, including winners of the Man Booker Prize, Baillie Gifford Prize, Prix Goncourt, Wellcome Book Prize, New Welsh Writers Awards, and The Bookseller YA Book Prize, CLiPPA poetry award, and 2019 Hay Festival Medals will be awarded.

Hay Festival’s free Programme for Schools opens the festival on Thursday 23 May and Friday 24 May, while a series of projects encourage accessibility, including the Beacons Project, free tickets for students in higher education, a student exchange with Bradford Literary Festival, a day for adoptive families run with The Family Place, and Hay Compass, a special space on site to learn and discover for 16-25-year-olds, with free access to inspiring speakers.

Free to enter, the Festival village is comprised of 10 tented venues, the Festival Bookshop, HAYDAYS courtyard, Wild Garden, Make and Take Tent, the Scribblers Hut, the Cube, the Mess Tent, and market stalls, cafés, exhibitions and restaurants.

In an age increasingly characterised by abbreviated content and algorithmic recommendation, Hay Festival offers serendipitous discovery through the long-form, immersive experience, in the astonishing beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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 welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 23 May - Sun 2 Jun 2019


Free entry

There is no charge for entrance to the festival site; you buy tickets only for the events you want to see.

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 23 May - Sun 2 Jun Hay Festival
Thu 28 Nov - Sun 1 Dec Hay Festival Winter Weekend

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Dairy Meadows,
Brecon Road,
Hay on Wye,

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

The Hay Festival takes place on a greenfield site, 5 minutes' walk from the centre of the town of Hay on Wye.

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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
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