Hay Literary Festival in Wales, UK. 26 May – 5 June 2022

Hay Literary Festival in Wales, UK

26 May – 5 June 2022

Hay Literary Festival

The quaint village Hay-on-Wye hosts this annual celebration of writing.

This literary festival brings together a collection of people who share a love of literature.

More about the festival

Books come alive during the ten days of the Hay literary festival.

Stories are told, ideas exchanged, jokes are shared, and music is played.

It’s full of people who want to talk and people who want to listen.

Entrance to the main festival site is free, and there are many free events.

Those that are ticketed can be purchased at the festival on pre-purchased online at the festival website.

It’s a family-friendly festival with a special programme for kids.

Where to stay and hotel tips


There are some excellent hotels in the centre of Hay on Wye.

Two hotels, with great reviews from their visitors, are The Pavement Palace and Seven Stars.

Overview of all hotels in Hay on Wye here

How to get there

The nearest bus and train stations are in Hereford, 20 miles (32 km) away.

Special festival bus services are running between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye.

The closest major international airports to Hereford are Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol, and the London airports of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are not far either.

All airports offer public transport connections and car hire options.

More about Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Very close to the English border, the historic town of Hay is in an area of natural beauty.

Situated near the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, this quirky town, with its plethora of antique and secondhand bookstores, has long been a place of pilgrimage for bibliophiles.

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