When is the festival?

HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2023 is running from 26-29th May 2023. Festival tickets will provide access to a huge range of events, including debates, talks, music, comedy, academy and late night parties.

Where is the festival?

HowTheLightGetsIn Hay 2023 is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the river Wye in the famed book town of Hay. The site is located just off Newport Street, HR3 5BZ. It is about a 5 minute walk from the Globe at Hay, Newport St, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5BG.

Can children come to the festival?

Yes, and under 12s do not need a festival ticket to gain entry to the site.

Can pets come to the festival?

No, pets are not permitted on the festival site.

Are dogs allowed on site?

Dogs are not allowed on site except guide and service dogs.

Can I bring a campervan onto the campsite?

Unfortunately, due to licensing reasons and to ensure safe access to our festival pitches, we cannot allow vehicles on the campsite. This includes campervans.

How can I book parking?

Parking is available to book on our Extras page here, once you have selected your ticket and accommodation.


I'm having problems buying my ticket

If you're having any issues purchasing your ticket, please email webmaster@artandideas.org with the subject line 'Ticket Issue'. Please state the issue as well as your phone number and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I apply my discount?

You can apply all discounts at checkout if you open 'Click here for offers/ insider codes'. Only one discount can be used per ticket. If you have a Friends Discount, you will need to enter your code at checkout. Student and under 25 tickets can be added to your basket on our festival passes page. Please note that discounts are only valid for HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Tickets.

I can no longer attend the festival, can I have a full refund?

Our terms and conditions, details of which you can find here, state that we cannot refund tickets.

I want to come but cannot attend the full weekend

We have a range of ticket options for those who would like to come but cannot attend the full weekend. Day Tickets grant you full access to the festival on the day(s) of your choosing. Flexi Tickets allow you to drop in to the festival for a few events on the day(s) of your choosing. Pick up a Flexi-4 ticket to attend 4 debates or talks, and add a Flexi Day Pass to grant festival access on the day(s) you wish to attend. You can read more on the Tickets page here.