Dates: 23rd May - 2nd June 2019
Location: Hay-on-Wye, Wales
Unlike many of the other festivals included on our site, The Hay Festival was actually conceived as a literature festival. It has been described as “The Woodstock of the Mind”, and whilst it now also includes musical and film performances, the predominant attraction must be the phenomenal array of different writers, scientists, lyricists and even comedians who speak each year.
Set up in 1987, this festival has been celebrating great thinking and writing for the last 27 years. It brings both speakers and listeners from all around the world to discuss ideas and create entertainment, to provoke revelations and encourage debate. From poets and musicians to environmentalists and politicians, experts and renowned theorists of all fields come together for these ten days every year, giving rise to an experience that simply cannot be found elsewhere.
The festival attracts all sorts of different people – there really is almost no common demographic amongst its fans. Most people who attend have of course an interest in current affairs – be these affairs of literature, economy, the environment, music, and just about everything else. All of them enjoy a good time, good food, good company – you will not be lacking in invigorating conversation or general joie de vivre.
Entrance is free – you pay separately for each particular show/performance/reading that you want to see – this can range from around £5 to £20, on average. It’s a good idea therefore to plan ahead and book accommodation over the days featuring options you are really interested in, if you can’t go for the whole ten days. There are plenty of second-hand bookshops around the town too – so if browsing through old books is a favourite pastime, this is the place to be.
The Hay Festival runs sister festivals of a similar ilk all around the world – from Nairobi to Cartagena and beyond. Within the main festival, you can also find the Hay Fever Festival – a section that is specifically catered to younger readers/writers and their families. This includes lots of wonderful activities to keep children entertained and establish their curiosity about the world around them – from ice cream to performing arts.
The area around the small town of Hay-on-Wye in Powys, Wales, is in itself a stunning region to visit. The town maintains a friendly, village atmosphere while still including a fair number of restaurants, pubs and hotels, ensuring your culinary satisfaction. Found in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the natural surrounding landscape inspires you, body and soul. What could be better than settling in to your luxury boutique tent in such a staggeringly beautiful area, with the Hay Festival providing the means to stimulate your mind?
The designated campsites for the festival are all in a close vicinity, and with the well-thought out comfort provided by luxury camping, you really couldn’t be preparing yourself better to enjoy every second of your time. With hot showers and down duvets, plenty of space and privacy, every night spent in boutique camping is as easy as a night at home – though infinitely more exciting. You can also enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your neighbours are likely to have a similar outlook, and be sure of avoiding the potentially less savory types elsewhere.
All that remains is to book your tent with us and prepare for a fascinating encounter in Wales!