B&bs get snapped up fast. The new Westbrook Court, four miles from Hay, still has availability; a three-night stay (festival minimum) in one of its five sleek suites – each with a private lounge and suntrap terrace – costs from £450 (01497 831752; westbrookcourtbandb.co.uk).
The fresh, modern and eco-minded Westview Guesthouse has limited space; it’s only three miles from Hay and has secure bike storage, so you could cycle in; doubles cost from £80 per night (01497 842935; westviewguesthouse.com).
The Felin Fach Griffin, a country pub with excellent food and cosy rooms, is 12 miles from Hay; helpfully, the 39B bus links the two in 30 minutes. Doubles cost from £125 per night; book via i-escape.com to get a free bottle of sparkling wine (0117 946 7072; i-escape.com/the-felin-fach-griffin).
If all else fails, the festival runs a bed-finder service, which costs £10 per booking (plus accommodation costs); it provides accommodation information, including listings of locals offering rooms in their homes during the festival. See hayfestival.com
Details of other campsites within walking distance of the festival can be found here hayfestival.com/wales