HowTheLightGetsIn is set in a magical location on the edge of the Black Mountains, alongside the River Wye in the famed book town of Hay.

We've grown since we started. But we've kept our intimate scale. Our venues are small enough to encourage real conversation, electric enough to make the dancing spin.

If you've been to Hay, you'll know why this small town draws US Presidents and Nobel Prize winners, critics and intellectuals alike into its orbit. If you haven't, it's time to see what all the fuss is about.

This year, we’ll be shaking things up a bit and expanding our Riverside site, stretching even further along the banks of the charming river Wye. We’ll be back with all of the big ideas, the show-stopping performances and late night parties you’ve come to expect, but this time you’ll have even more energy to dance into the night with everything just a stroll away.

The nearest railway station is Hereford, about 20 miles away. Our Travel Partner GWR runs trains to Hereford. Book your train travel now at

Frequent buses run from Hereford to Hay-on-Wye (T14) throughout the festival. Or share a taxi with another festival visitor!


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