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HowTheLightGetsIn returns to Hay-on-Wye in May 2018 with more ideas, music, magic and wonder than ever before. For one weekend, the world's leading thinkers flock to our festival site on the edge of the Black Mountains. Elsewhere in our fields, an inspiring programme of music, comedy and performance art unfolds across our intimate and atmospheric venues.

The Orb, Hot Chip (DJs), Ana Matronic, Badly Drawn Boy, Camille O'Sullivan, Nerina Pallot, Sam and the Womp, Luke Sital-Singh, Blair Dunlop, The Turbans, Afriquoi (DJs), The Correspondents, Fyfe Dangerfield, Tsar B, The Turbans, Spiro, Patch & the Giant, Yumi and the Weather, Tankus the Henge, The Undercover Hippy, Harpo Smith

Getting to Hay 

Our postcode: HR3 5BG.
The site address is: HowTheLightGetsIn, globe at hay, Newport Street, Hay on Wye, Hereford

By train / bus 

The nearest railway station is Hereford, about twenty miles away. Our Travel Partner First Great Western runs direct trains to Hereford. Purchase tickets at firstgreatwestern.co.uk. The bus service from Hereford and Brecon to Hay-on-Wye (39 or 39A) is frequent with additional services for the period of the festival.

By coach 

National Express run coaches to Hay from London Victoria, London Heathrow, Cirencester and Gloucester, Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham and Worcester.

By car 

Hay-on-Wye is situated between Brecon and Hereford, off the A345. You will find parking for HowTheLightGetsIn, as you enter Hay from Clyro and Hereford. For the Globe Site cross the bridge over the River Wye into Hay, turn left and the festival site is at once apparent.

Whether you're after a spectacular four course banquet or a quick snack between sessions; exotic world foods, local ciders or a slice of homemade cake, you'll find a whole range of exceptional eateries across the two festival sites. 

Name Distance Prices From
Old Black Lion 2.5 ml £50.00 Book
The Swan at Hay 2.8 ml £65.00 Book
Baskerville Arms Hotel 3.3 ml £60.00 Book
Black Mountain Lodge 4.9 ml £82.00 Book

The Globe At Hay, Newport Street, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, HR35BG