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Hay Festival is free to enter and is packed with activities, tempting places to eat and drink, exhibitors to browse, and places to simply sit and read.

HAY FESTIVAL BOOKSHOP The bookshop is a large and airy space with plenty of room for all ages to relax and browse. It stocks books by all authors attending the Festival and more, and will host book signings as usual. Please note that only one book per person that is not purchased from the Festival bookshop can be accepted for signature. The bookshop is open from 9am daily.

The Festival’s gardens provide the perfect place for you to relax with a book and there is plenty to keep young children busy at our Make & Take Tent, where collage, glue and paint reign supreme. You will also find many free events and workshops, some of which require booking in advance, so please remember to check the programme at for more details.

ILLUSTRATION HOT DESK Come and see wonderful artists at work in the Make & Take Tent and find out what it’s like to be a working illustrator. See who’s in residence each day on the chalkboard outside the Make & Take Tent and check it out on #HAYDAYS.



Visit the new Hay Festival Shop to find perfect gifts for your friends and family – and perhaps a treat for yourself. Hay Festival T-shirts and hoodies are annual bestsellers, and there is a wide range of stationery from pens and pencils to leather-bound notebooks. You can also buy gift vouchers, which are redeemable against items from the shop during the Festival and online afterwards at, or against tickets for Festival events.

Drawing Europe Together is an exhibition in the Summerhouse of artworks created by 45 children’s book illustrators from across Europe who have shared their powerful visions of the European Union’s shared past and its unsure future. This is a passionate and heartfelt exploration of Europe and what it means to many of the people who live and work within its borders. You can buy limited edition prints from five of the exhibiting artists — Axel Scheffler, Chris Riddell, Emily Gravett, Catherine Rayner and Judith Kerr. All available in the Hay Festival Shop.

HAY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION Discover the benefits of joining the Hay Festival membership schemes: Friends, Patrons and Benefactors. Come to the membership desk in the Box Office for a chat or to join on the spot. More information at

SERIOUS READING ROOM A new covered space for festival-goers to relax in, created by our friends at Serious Readers. The Serious Reading Room is open throughout the Festival, offering a comfortable spot for contemplation between events, as well as surprise, free readings from star festival speakers every day. Visit serious-reading-room for the daily schedule of performances and follow @seriousreaders.

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Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.