Welcome to HAYDAYS
25 May–4 June 2017

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Hay Festival 2017 Programme for Schools

2017 Schools Programme is launched

  • We run a full 'Programme for Schools' for both primary and secondary students on the first two days of the Festival, just before half term.

Are you curious, adventurous, dreamy, imaginative and ready to have fun? Do you like listening, talking, cutting and sticking, singing or dressing up? And, of course, reading? I hope so, because the HAYDAYS programme will be packed with events designed to celebrate the creativity that can make all of that happen.

   Join us between 25 May and June 4. The full programme will be available in April.

HAYDAYS Courtyard

We have our very own festival site within the main festival site - fun for all the family!

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The Starlight Stage

Most of our HAYDAYS events take place in the Starlight Stage and The Cube venues. There are also a bunch of lovely extras, including...

Make and Take

An opportunity to get crafting, from 10am to 5pm every day. Get messy and creative: your imagination is
the limit!

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The Mess Tent

A lovely, messy space for learning new things. You can come to creative workshops and drop-in sessions happening throughout each day in here.


Shepherds Ice Cream

Jam-packed with lots of lovely flavours, including our faves
Banana Crunch and Chocolate.


Book Signings

Books and signings by all the children's and Young Adult authors on the programme are available at the Hay Festival Bookshop on the main site, just a step away from the HAYDAYS Courtyard.