Sadly the HAY FESTIVAL is another closure due to the current crisis. We know personally how much work has gone into this, and so many other events across the country. We can only applaud all the organisers, supporters and volunteers who have not only worked tirelessly to stage brilliant events, but in these times of uncertainty, have come together to ensure we are all kept full updated as to the situation regarding these events.

Here is the statement for the HAY FESTIVAL.


We deeply regret that Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Ticket refunds are available. All ticket holders are being contacted.

We are heartbroken that our gathering of writers and readers and friends will not take place this spring. As we all face these times of uncertainty and isolation we will work harder than ever to carry forward our spirit of togetherness.

Our not-for-profit organisation now faces a devastating reality. We have 10 days to raise emergency funds to support us as we plot a sustainable route to secure Hay Festival 2021, when we can again celebrate together and tell stories.

If you are in a position to support us, please visit our GoFundMe page for more information.


Ticket refunds are available, all ticket holders are being contacted. If you require further information please contact


If you have booked accommodation for the festival please contact your accommodation provider direct.

Visit Hay

Tangerine Fields We are aware that many of you will have pre-booked camping with our Official Campsite, Tangerine Fields. We are pleased to say that Tangerine Fields will be offering a full refund to all customers. They have asked us to let you know that this will take 2 to 3 weeks to process and thank you for your patience. Please email if your payment details have changed; if not, they will automatically process the refund as soon as possible.

Gypsy Castle Camping

Fred’s Yurts

Glamping Wales

Green Dragon Hotel

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages

Border Hideaway


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We wish the Festival the best of luck through this difficult time and feel sure they’ll be back bigger, better and stronger next year.


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