Events for Children and Young People

HAYDAYS brings audiences together with authors, poets, illustrators and performers in a varied range of events for children and young adults, to engage and inspire reading for pleasure and understanding other people's lives and experiences. Find all your favourite authors plus some new discoveries below. To find more events and workshops for students visit our Education page

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Event HD37

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Manjeet Mann

The Crossing

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Actor and award-winning writer Manjeet grew up in a house where there were no books. She was put on the ‘slow readers’ table in junior school and in secondary school was told ‘not to get her hopes up’ for her English GCSE. In this interactive workshop, Manjeet uses her own story to help liberate you from your fears around writing and open up a space for creativity, while supporting you to find your unique storytelling voice.

YA, 12+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Manjeet Mann

Event HD38

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Alex Wharton

Daydreams and Jelly Beans

Venue: Cube
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Award-winning poet Alex Wharton leads an event full of rhythm, rhyme and free verse as he reads from his poetry collection Daydreams and Jellybeans. Escape into beautiful daydreams but watch out for any hairy jellybeans... or mischievous hedgehogs. Follow Alex’s hints and tips to make poetry of your own.

7+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Alex Wharton

Event W11

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Strong Young Minds Workshop

Good Mental Health – How To Get It and Keep It

Venue: Summerhouse
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Come and join the CLD Trust and Strong Young Minds champions and wellbeing ambassadors to hear how everyone can improve their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

YA, 10+ years
Free but ticketed
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Strong Young Minds Workshop

Event HD39

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Amy & Ella Meek

Be Climate Clever

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Authors and award-winning young climate activists Amy and Ella Meek discuss their latest book Be Climate Clever. These two passionate changemakers answer all your burning questions about climate change. This is a ‘don’t miss’ event for all children interested in the environment.

5+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Amy & Ella Meek

Event HD40

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Phil Earle

Whilst the Storm Rages

Venue: Cube
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Author of When the Sky Falls Phil Earle’s latest book sees Noah on an unforgettable wartime mission to save his beloved dog Winn, in a remarkable story inspired by true events. In September 1939, as Noah’s dad marches off to war, he asks Noah to keep the family dog safe. But Noah’s hopes of doing that are crushed when the government advises people to take their pets to the vet to have them put down as part of the war preparations. Noah refuses to let that happen to Winn. With his two friends in tow, he makes a pledge to go on the run and save as many animals as he can, no matter what.

9+ years
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Phil Earle

Event MT10

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Afternoon Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £3.00
 
Make & Take Crafting

Event HD41

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Konnie Huq

Cookie and the Most Mysterious Mystery in the World

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Get ready to meet Cookie, who is funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world! Blue Peter presenter and children’s book author Konnie Huq explores the world of her popular Cookie! series with science experiments and a science quiz, tips on how to save the planet and a look at computer programming.

7+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Konnie Huq

Event HD42

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Manon Steffan Ros

The Blue Book of Nebo

Venue: Cube
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Award-winning Welsh author Manon Steffan Ros leads an informal writing workshop about how to write about the things that matter to us. How can we use stories as a way of making us feel a bit better, or to better understand the world? Manon guides us into the world of creative writing with tasks that aim to open up a new way of interpreting the world.

YA, 12+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Manon Steffan Ros

Event HD43

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Rob Biddulph

Draw with Rob

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Illustrator Rob Biddulph sketches out a fun-packed session for all the family. Rob helped everyone get through lockdown with his brilliant #DrawwithRob videos, and now you can join in live with a draw-along fresh from his latest book Amazing Animals! Find out all about Rob’s journey from budding artist to award-winning picture book creator and Guinness World Record holder in this event fizzing with fun and creativity.

5+ years
Price: £7.00
 
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Rob Biddulph

Event HD44

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Helen Rutter

The Boy Whose Wishes Came True

Venue: Cube
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What would you do if your favourite footballer granted you nine wishes? Well, that’s what happens to Archie Crumb in Helen Rutter’s new book. Helen tells us how her wish to be an author came true, and how you can achieve your dreams.

8+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Helen Rutter

Event W12

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

My3Words Workshop with Rufus Mufasa and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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Poetry meets geolocation and augmented reality in this creative writing workshop with a digital dimension. Head4Arts and the multi-talented Rufus Mufasa invite you to come in and find your happy place, inspired by what3words.

Everyone attending requires a ticket

12+ years
Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg. This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.
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Event MT11

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Morning Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
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Make & Take Crafting

Event HD45

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Liz Pichon

Tom Gates

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Pens at the ready! You can draw Tom Gates and a host of other characters with writer and illustrator Liz Pichon. Liz brings to life her brand new Tom Gates drawing book, and is ready to answer all your questions about her books. Bring your own notebook and get ready to doodle.

9+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Liz Pichon

Event HD46

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Simon Mole

I Love My Cat

Venue: Cube
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Cats are the best! Acclaimed children’s poet Simon Mole celebrates their beauty, acrobatic prowess and the undeniable sense of achievement that comes from a cat deciding your lap is worthy of curling up on. Hot on the wheels of the success of his book I Love My Bike, Simon returns to Hay with a sequel that is sure to leave you feline good!

4+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Simon Mole

Event W13

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

My3Words Workshop with Rufus Mufasa and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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Poetry meets geolocation and augmented reality in this creative writing workshop with a digital dimension. Head4Arts and the multi-talented Rufus Mufasa invite you to come in and find your happy place, inspired by what3words.

Everyone attending requires a ticket

12+ years
Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg. This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.
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Event HD47

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Robert Winston

Ask a Scientist

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Do you have a puzzling science question that you have always wanted to know the answer to? Professor Robert Winston explains the science behind some of the most bizarre and intriguing questions he has ever been asked. Find out the answers to questions such as ‘why is the sky blue?’, ‘does space ever end?’ and ‘could human life ever be created in a laboratory?’ Whatever your interest, get ready to learn about science in a fun and exciting way. Perfect for quizzical young readers wanting to know more about the world we live in.

5+ years
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Robert Winston

Event HD48

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Annelise Gray

Circus Maximus: Rivals on the Track

Venue: Summerhouse
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Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world, where the best horses and charioteers compete in an exhilarating race, and one girl dreams of glory. Annelise Gray introduces that one girl, her heroine Dido, and reveals the true history behind her thrilling adventure series.

9+ years
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Annelise Gray

Event MT12

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Afternoon Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
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Make & Take Crafting

Event HD49

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Derek Landy

The World of Skulduggery

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meet Derek Landy and plunge into the magically macabre world of Skulduggery Pleasant. In this unmissable event, you’ll meet an electric cast of characters, discover the inner workings of a creative genius and have the chance to get your questions answered. With the series now in its 15th year, and headed to a jaw-dropping crescendo, the question must be asked: are you ready?

9+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Derek Landy

Event HD50

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Aneesa Marufu

The Balloon Thief

Venue: Summerhouse
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Aneesa Marufu’s workshop event focuses on fantasy world-building. Learn about the inspiration and mythology which inspired the novel, and use Aneesa’s tips to create your own fantasy world as an audience. You’ll also get the chance to hear Aneesa read from The Balloon Thief.

YA, 14+ years
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Aneesa Marufu

Event HD51

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

YolanDa’s Band Jam

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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YolanDa’s Band Jam is the critically acclaimed CBeebies children’s TV show presented by double MOBO award-winning musician and broadcaster YolanDa Brown. Dubbed ‘Jools Holland for kids’, YolanDa’s Band Jam encourages children to discover the joys of music through dancing, singing and playing.

4+ years
Price: £7.00
 
YolanDa’s Band Jam

Event HD52

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jenny Eclair talks to Nell Frizzell

Writing on the Wall

Venue: Starlight Stage
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From acclaimed writer and comedian Jenny Eclair comes a hilarious and heartbreaking story about friendship against the odds. When Hermione discovers Helena’s writing under her bedroom wallpaper she is transported back to summer 1975 to discover a truth about Helena’s future that suggests she is in great danger…

YA, 14+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Jenny Eclair talks to Nell Frizzell

Event W15

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

The Library of Life Workshop with Tamar Eluned Williams and Head4Arts

Venue: Summerhouse
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What creature is causing such disruption in the great Library of Life? What is happening to our planet? Join Head4Arts with Tamar Eluned Williams in a storytelling and craft experience exploring climate change and biodiversity crisis.

Mae’r gweithdy hwn yn ddwyieithog ac yn croesawu siaradwyr Cymraeg a Saesneg.

This workshop is bilingual and welcomes both English and Welsh speakers.

6–11 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not require a ticket.
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Event MT13

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Make & Take Crafting

Morning Session

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 2.5 hour duration. An accompanying adult must attend at all times but does not require a ticket.

3–11 years
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Make & Take Crafting

Event HD53

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jess French

It’s a Wonderful World

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Jess French is a nature lover, TV presenter, author, and qualified vet known for her CBeebies show Minibeast Adventure with Jess. In It’s a Wonderful World Jess shows us the importance of the diversity of plants, animals and environments in our world and how to protect them. Join Jess for an introduction to her book and a question and answer session all about it.

5+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Jess French

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