Become a Friend of Hay Festival

The Friends of Hay Festival was formed in 1988 to support and encourage the Festival. Their investment in Hay Festival Foundation enables us to fund vital education and outreach work, supports our environmental aims and seeds the development of the festival.

Friends having a laugh at Hay Festival

Members make a vital contribution to our success and fund the annual Friends Lecture as well as contributing ideas and recommendations to the festival itself.

Friends membership lasts for 12 months and costs £32 for single or £55 for double membership. Either of these memberships can be upgraded to include a priority booking period for the Children’s programme, at an additional cost of £10.

Friends of Hay Festival benefit from:

  • Priority booking – only Friends are able to book tickets for the first three days after events have been made available for sale
  • Friends entrance to all the main festival venues to avoid the queues
  • Friends membership cards for quick identification
  • Regular email newsletters
  • Exclusive offers for intimate events
  • The knowledge that your support is helping us to deliver another amazing year at Hay

Friends are offered 3 days’ priority booking on all tickets we release for Hay Festival in Wales. This includes all Earlybird tickets and tickets for the Winter Weekend in Hay.

We notify all Friends by email at the beginning of any priority booking period: it is very important to respond within the limited time-frame to make the most of your membership, as once this period is over the general public will be notified and booking will be open to all.

Booking tickets as a Friend is easy – there are no membership numbers; you simply log in to our site as a returning customer with the email address and password registered on your Friends account.

If you do not have a password please request a new one via the forgotten password link and follow the instructions. When viewing the programme during a priority booking period, only those logged in as Friends will be able to see and use the add to basket button.

Become a Friend of Hay Festival

Already a Friend? Renew or upgrade here

You can also gift Friends membership to others – when you buy a Gift Membership, we send a gift voucher for your friend or loved one, so they can sign up with a unique login to access the range of Friends benefits. Find out more...

Group of friends hanging out at Hay Festival
Woman reading newspaper in sunshine

Table of benefits for Hay Festival memberships

Table of benefits for Hay Festival memberships