HowTheLightGetsIn is more than just an unrivalled programme of debates and music. Each year we lovingly construct a space of wonder and delight, a beautiful escape from all the shackles of the day-to-day. Our festival is a haven for the curious, a place to roam around in pristine countryside and rediscover the things that make life wonderful. From our decadent masked balls and Medieval feasts to the scintillating sights of the Spiegel Circus, HowTheLightGetsIn is built on spine-tingling, life-affirming moments that stay with you for the rest of the year. Come to Hay-on-Wye and step into a playground for the soul. 


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Long Table Banquets

philosophy salon

Open Platform


Kenwood House

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival Documentaries




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