Become a Hay Festival Benefactor

Benefactors contribute hugely to the Festival's ongoing development aims.

Woman in art gallery at Hay Festival

As a Benefactor you will receive the following benefits annually, helping make your visit to Hay Festival extra special:

  • Your name will be printed in the Festival programmes, in the supporter page of the website and on donor boards situated in the Box Office
  • 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 (upon request) – a bespoke list of 30 events selected by the Festivals’ Director, Peter Florence
  • Reserved seating in the Festival venues
  • Access to the Kitchen Table, a private area for Benefactors and Patrons to relax between events, with a concierge desk service and cloakroom facilities
  • 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 (food & beverages to be paid on account separately)
  • Invitations to special receptions and parties at each Festival, including two tickets for the annual Festival Family Supper
  • Complimentary daily pass to the official Hay Festival car park

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).

Download the application form


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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 £1,000 per annum secures all benefits (whether you pay annually or as a one-off payment) and you may purchase these benefits separately without making any further donation. The balance of £1,500 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.


Elizabeth Bingham, Kate Bingham and Jesse Norman, Philip and Janet Bunce, Terry and Anne Burns, Nick Butler and Rosaleen Hughes, Bill Foster, Nigel and Bernie Foster, T.S Eliot Foundation, Michael, Rhian-Anwen, Arthur and Molly Hamill, Jacqueline Harris and Danny Rivlin, Thomas and Karen Kalaris, Peter Lacy and Lucy Rice, Kevin Loosemoore and Fiona Menadue, David and Pauline Maydon, Tatiana and Frank Moretti, Hannah Rothschild, Maurice Saatchi, Terry, Sian, Isaac and Miles Sinclair, Guy and Lory Spier

Donna Brazile on stage at Hay Festival
Hay Festival tent tops at twilight

Table of benefits for Hay Festival memberships

Table of benefits for Hay Festival memberships