The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts in Hay-on-Wye

The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts (also known as the Hay Festival), is an iconic literature festival that takes place annually in the small market town of Hay-on-Wye in Wales. It runs for 10 days in total, and has been operating since 1988. Bill Clinton once described it as “The Woodstock of the Mind” – don’t think I could sum it up better myself!

Each programmed day during this festival is a thoughtfully curated mix of lectures, concerts, galleries, book readings, and even more! There’s so much to see, there’s bound to be something for everyone. People flock from all over the world to come to this festival, with some even describing it as one of the most prominent festivals in the UK. Some of their attendees include Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Margaret Atwood and many, many more!

Where can I find the Hay Festival?

The festival is located in Hay-on-Wye, which is just off the A438 between Brecon and Hereford. The Festival will be well signposted once you’re in the town. The nearest railway station is Hereford (21 miles away), and there are coach services in the area.
  • The 2022 Festival will be between 26 May-5th June.
  • Tickets for the 2022 have not been launched yet – please check their website for more details.

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