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Festival marquees and rides overlooking the River Wye

HowTheLightGetsIn, Hay 2023

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

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When is HowTheLightGetsIn?

This year, HowTheLightGetsIn will electrify the idyllic town of Hay-on-Wye for a magical Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 26 to Monday 29 May.

What to expect at HowTheLightGetsIn

The world's largest music and philosophy festival returns home to the idyllic embankment of the River Wye, for a bank holiday weekend of revelry, reflection, and parties.

HowTheLightGetsIn brings its own special form of magic to everyone. There is no other place on the planet where you can fill your days with inspiration from the world's leading thinkers and party and dance late into the night.

At HowTheLightGetsIn, you can join a debate about the nature of the universe with the world's top scientists, laugh until your sides hurt with the UK's best comedians, dance by the river to the finest beats, dine with our speakers at Inner Circle events or indulge in sumptuous long table banquets.

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Festival marquees and Ferris wheel