Become a Hay Festival Patron

Hay Festival could not survive without the support and generosity of our Patrons.

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Patrons receive the following benefits:

  • Three days of priority booking for all Hay Festival events including early bird and Winter Weekend tickets
  • Access to the Kitchen Table - a private space 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 (food & beverages to be paid on account separately)
  • Two complimentary tickets to the annual Festival Family Supper
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Closing Night Concert and pre event hospitality
  • Acknowledgement of your support on the Hay Festival website, programme and donor boards situated in the Box Office
  • 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

The cost of becoming a Patron is £1,000 per annum.


Already a Patron? Renew or upgrade here

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.


Feras Al-Chalabi, Carol and Nick Brigstocke, Nicholas and Marie-France Burton, Alison and Paul Chappell, Maureen Cruickshank, Sara Davenport, Claire and Alan Denholm, Louis Flannery QC, James Gardner, Tony Halmos, Robin and Philippa Herbert, Danna and Josh Harman-Berger, Ross Hollyman, Jonathan Hopkins, Robert Lance Hughes, Sheila Lovatt, Teresa McDonnell, Jonathan Morgan, Stephen and Lorna Payne, Joyce Reuben, Christopher Rhodes, Sian Rolfe, Selina Shaw, Jill Shaw Ruddock, Frances Spurrier, Paul Voyce, David Way

Life Patrons

Lorna Cartledge, Frances Copping, Marlene Hobsbawm, Fay Hunter, Rhoda Lewis (co-founder Hay Festival)

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Table of benefits for Hay Festival memberships

Table of benefits for Hay Festival memberships