Across the first two days of the Hay Festival in Wales, our Programme for Schools welcomes over 2,000 students to the Dairy Meadows site along with their accompanying teachers. Thanks to the kind support of the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust, pupils and teachers from state-funded schools across Powys and Herefordshire enjoy a free cross-curricular programme of leading children’s writers and performers.
The Programme for Schools provides a unique opportunity to reach out to children in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 who rarely or never attend cultural events due to their rural location. We create a mini-Hay experience for every pupil – including the obligatory ice creams, picnics, book bags filled with goodies and, of course, opportunities to meet their literary heroes.
As well as attending all events for free, each pupil receives a free ticket to a public event of their choice, so they can return and experience the festival further during their half-term.