Hay Festival 2023 Wales, UK
May 25 - June 4
The Hay Festival in Wales is the leading book festival in the UK. Held in the beautiful Welsh town of Haye-in-Wye towards the end of May, the 2023 Hay Festival of literature will feature more than 600 writers and thinkers in conversations and debates.
Events are held at the free-to-enter Festival Village on Dairy Meadows, which includes the Festival Bookshop, market stalls, cafés and restaurants. There are also events in the town of Hay-on-Wye.
Hay Festival Programme
The 2023 programme will include Margaret Atwood; Alexander McCall Smith; Eleanor Catton; Fflur Dafydd; and Caleb Azumah Nelson.
Grammy award-winning singer Dua Lipa will present a live recording of her podcast, At Your Service. Other events will feature Marina Hyde; Simon Schama; Isabella Tree; A C Grayling and Jon Snow.
Hay is not just about literature. The Proclaimers will perform on the main stage, while poet Laureate Simon Armitage and Sir Michael Parkinson will also attend.
There will be a serie of debates on the future of Europe with Misha Glenny, Ece Temelkuran and Zsuzsanna Szelényi.
Some of the festival sessions will be streamed live online with digital passes on sale in May. The full programme can be found here.
Not all the events are literary as you can also explore the beautiful countryside during your stay.
Children’s entertainment will feature Jordan Stephens, Beth Suzanna, Connor Allen, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Julia Donaldson and Greg Jenner.
Winners of the 2023 Festival Medals will be announced on stage. Previous winners include John le Carré, Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Ahdaf Soueif and George Monbiot.
History of Hay Festival
The festival originated in 1987 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Since then it has travelled to some 30 locations from Colombia to Peru, the US, Mexico and Spain. The festivals reach millions of people each year both through in person events, online and via its social media channels.
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Hay Festival Dates
Thursday 25 May to Sunday 4 June, 2023.
Hay Festival Accommodation
Accommodation for the festval tends to fill up quickly, you can find the festival accommodation recommendations here. Or alternatively use Findmeabed.co.uk the official accommodation service and booking agent for the festival.
Things To Do in the Area
One of the great aspects of attending the festival is its wonderful location. The Wye Valley is a lovely part of the country, and the nearby Brecon Beacons are spectacular. For further inspiration follow Mark Bibby Jackson as he walks along the Herefordshire trail to Ross-on-Wye just across the border in England. Alternatively yo can discover the Beacons and continue down toards the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Hay Festival Camping
A range of camping options from a Fred’s Yurts to Tangering Fields and Hay Glamping, can be booked here.
Hay Festival Parking
There is a car park at Hay close to the festival, costing £8 per day for Macmillan. Alternatively, the park & ride car park costs £5 and is located at Clyro Court (Baskerville Hall Hotel) HR3 5LE.
Hay Festival Tickets
You can book tickets for the festival here.
What is Hay Festival?
For more information on the leading UK literature festival, click here.
Main image: Day 4 at Hay Festival 2022, credit Adam Tatton Reid. All images kindly supplied by the organisers.
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