Patrons and Benefactors

For 30 years Hay has brought readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world, from the beaches of Cartagena de Indias to the cities of Beirut and Mumbai. Our Festivals inspire, examine and entertain.

The Hay Festival Foundation is a registered charity created to support the aims of the Festival in Britain and internationally. The Foundation brings people of all ages together to support our educational initiatives and opportunities. We are committed to access and inclusion and to the pursuit of excellence and happiness.

The Foundation is supported through philanthropy and charitable grants, more information about Foundation projects can be found here. Please join us to secure the Festival for future generations, to imagine the world as it is and as it might be.

Caroline Michel
Chair, Hay Festival

There are three ways for individuals to contribute philanthropically to Hay Festival Foundation projects:

Patrons

Patrons receive the following benefits, helping make your visit to Hay Festival extra special:

  • 3 days priority booking for all Hay Festival events including Earlybird and Winter Weekend tickets
  • Private areas for Patrons to relax between events, with a concierge desk service and cloakroom facilities
  • Access for you and one guest to the Artists’ Restaurant to mix with Festival artists and speakers*
  • Two complimentary tickets to the annual Festival Gala Dinner
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Closing Night Concert
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Hay Festival website, programme and donor boards
  • Entry to Hay Festival venues via the Friends entrance
  • Complimentary daily pass to the official Festival car park

You will also enjoy many additional benefits throughout the year:

  • Complimentary tickets to Hay Festival Winter Weekend
  • Complimentary tickets to Hay Festival Segovia
  • One-off London events

* Food & beverages to be paid on account separately.

“Hay is a Renaissance-style Festival focused on solving humanity’s problems through literature, science and philosophy”

Reuters

To become a Patron, please contact maggie@hayfestival.org

Download the application form

Gift Aid Declaration

To support the Foundation, you may wish to Gift Aid any donation made today or in the future, and any donation you may have made in the past four years to the Hay Festival Foundation. A minimum payment of £500 secures all benefits, and you may purchase these benefits separately without making any further donation. The balance of £500 is a suggested donation to the Hay Festival Foundation and gift aid can be claimed on this amount to support the Foundation’s programmes such as our education and outreach projects.

Patrons
Philip and Janet Bunce, Alison Chappell, Frances Cloud, Maureen Cruickshank, Claire Denholm, Louis Flannery, Anthony Galliers-Pratt, Kathy Gilfillan, Janita Good and Chris Clifford, Simon Grenfell, Robin and Philippa Herbert, Marlene Hobsbawm, Ross Hollyman, Jonathan Hopkins, Ruth Huddleston, Shân Legge Bourke, Jan Lindsay-Smith, Jane Livesey, Teresa McDonnell, Tim Meunier, Andrea Minton-Beddoes, Michael and Samantha Pearce, Sarah Quibell, Sian Rolfe, Selina Shaw and Paul Voyce, Feras Al-Chalabi.

“Hay is a Renaissance-style festival focused on solving humanity’s problems through literature, science and philosophy” – Reuters

Benefactors

As a Benefactor you will receive the following benefits annually:

  • Your name will be printed in the Festival programmes, in the supporters page of the website and on billboards on site
  • Complimentary tickets to all our festivals around the world – in Wales, Spain, Colombia, Mexico and Peru – as well as other Festivals that may come on stream in the next five years
  • Advice about travel and accommodation to and at international festivals, as well as providing a ‘Director’s cut’ of each programme – a bespoke list of 30 events selected by the Festivals’ Director, Peter Florence
  • Reserved seating in the Festival venues
  • An invitation to coffee at the Director’s Table in the Green Room whenever space allows, and you may entertain your guests in the Artists’ Restaurant*
  • Invitations to special receptions and parties at each Festival, including two tickets for the annual Gala Dinner
  • A free pass to the car park on-site during Hay Festival Wales
  • The membership is for five years and two people

The cost of becoming a Benefactor is £10,000 for five years (or £2,500 per annum).
* Food & beverages to be paid on account separately.

To become a Benefactor, please contact maggie@hayfestival.org

Download the application form

Gift Aid Declaration

To support the Foundation, you may wish to Gift Aid any donation made today or in the future, and any donation you may have made in the past four years to the Hay Festival Foundation. A minimum payment of £1000 per annum secures all benefits, and you may purchase these benefits separately without making any further donation. The balance of £1500 is a suggested donation to the Hay Festival Foundation and gift aid can be claimed on this amount to support to the Foundation’s programmes such as our education and outreach projects.

Benefactors
Elizabeth Bingham, Kate Bingham and Jesse Norman, Lord and Lady Burns, Nick Butler and Rosaleen Hughes, Sian Facer and Terry Sinclair, Rhian-Anwen and Michael Hamill, Tom and Karen Kalaris, Peter Lacy and Lucy Rice, Pauline and David Maydon, Danny Rivlin and Jacqueline Harris, Hannah Rothschild, Maurice Saatchi.

“The most important literary festival in the western World” – New York Times

Chair’s Circle

The Chair’s Circle is a dedicated group of individuals who have a deep and personal involvement with the Festival, supporting our long-term future.

Led by Caroline Michel, Chair of Hay Festival Board of Directors and Trustee of the Hay Festival Foundation, members have insider access to the Festival including a dedicated programme of dinners and events hosted by Caroline at Hay Festivals around the world. We work with you to create a tailored programme of activity that suits your interests and fits with your schedule.

Membership of the Chair’s Circle is by invitation only. For more information please contact maggie@hayfestival.org

Gift Aid Declaration

To support the Foundation, you may wish to Gift Aid any donation made today or in the future, and any donation you may have made in the past four years to the Hay Festival Foundation. £5000 is a donation to the Hay Festival Foundation and gift aid can be claimed on this amount to support to the Foundation’s programmes such as our education and outreach projects.