Hay Festival Foundation Business Members Club

Located in the world-famous ‘Town of Books’, Hay Festival offers a unique opportunity to showcase your brand to highly-engaged audiences, as well as enjoy quality corporate hospitality in an exclusive venue and excellent networking opportunities with like-minded professionals and expert speakers.

Audiences hanging out at Hay Festival
Hay Festival – the Woodstock of the mind,’ – Bill Clinton

Hay Festival welcomes 100,000 visitors every year. Celebrated as the foremost literature festival in the world, Hay brings together world-renowned writers and thinkers to inspire, examine and entertain.

Located in the world-famous ‘Town of Books’, Hay Festival offers a unique opportunity to showcase your brand to highly-engaged audiences, as well as enjoy quality corporate hospitality in an exclusive venue and excellent networking opportunities with like-minded professionals and expert speakers. 

The Hay Festival Foundation is a charity and so by supporting the Festival, businesses are also supporting the next generation of creative professionals.

Registered charity 1070073

How we can help you reach our audiences and your future customers

  • 50,000 people will see your logo in the Hay Festival brochure 
  • 5,000 people a day will see your logo in the Hay Festival Box Office
  • Your logo will be featured on www.hayfestival.org
  • Business club members are included in the Festival’s pre-show reel about the Hay Academy, which is shown in all four main performance venues 
  • We welcome more than 10,000 school children every year, as well as 52 young adults in our Academy – our flourishing training ground for future creatives

Benefits of your Business Membership

  • Priority booking: never miss out on the Festival’s biggest names with priority booking
  • Handpicked highlights: receive a personally curated list of not-to-be-missed events 
  • Queue jump: beat the crowds by using the members entrance for all events 
  • Effective networking:  meet like-minded professionals and business trailblazers
  • Hospitality at the heart of the Festival: Hay boasts an airy, purpose-built hospitality space
  • Star quality: enjoy exclusive access to the artists restaurant or relax in our private lounge*
  • Take a stand: enjoy a reduced rate for exhibition space to take your business direct to visitors

Hay Festival Foundation Business Members Club is limited to just 20 members to ensure high visibility and meaningful engagement.

£2500 + VAT per annum

* Food and drink purchased separately

For membership contact Candice Pearson on candice@hayfestival.org or 07788 143 275.

ABOUT THE HAY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION

The Hay Festival Foundation is a registered charity which supports diverse audiences to engage in the work of the Hay Festival – to bring together great writers and thinkers to inspire, examine and entertain.

Your membership will support our unique creative skills development programme – the Hay Festival Academy – to give young people work experience in a professional working environment and to explore career paths in the creative industries.

THE HAY FESTIVAL ACADEMY

The Hay Academy gives talented young people from across the UK, aged 18–25, the opportunity to join the Hay Festival team to develop their skills, knowledge, and potential career path in the creative industries, while volunteering in a professional working environment.

Young people who’ve attended a Hay Academy have gone on to run festivals, write books and films, and to enjoy careers in publishing and in the wider creative and media industries.

What the students say:

“It was an incredible experience that gives you a real insight into a creative industry. It shows you the kind of things needed to have a career in this area and helps you build a set of skills to make this happen.”

“The Hay Academy improved my ability to work under pressure.”

“The best bit was making connections in the industry.”

“There are very few similar ways to build up so much experience and skills in such a short space of time.”

THE REACH OF HAY FESTIVAL

Hay Festival 2019 got 9.7million Twitter impressions (60.6k followers), Facebook reached 2.6million (41,800 followers) and Instagram had 1.4million post impressions (17.3k followers).

Hay Festival 2019 accredited more than 300 journalists and, in the UK press alone, Hay received nearly 2,000 mentions and 53 BBC programmes were recorded. 

662,000 digital visitors.

Chatting at Hay Festival
Talking at Hay Festival