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 HD1

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Cressida Cowell

Creativity & Magic

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join Cressida Cowell, bestselling author-illustrator of the much-loved How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series, in her final festival appearance as UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Cressida talks about her books and their inspirations, dragons, wizards and sharing writing and illustration tips. She will also be giving Hay an exclusive sneak peek of her sketchbooks and will read from her new book series, Which Way to Anyway.

Family, 8+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Cressida Cowell

Event HD2

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC World: Click Live from Hay Festival

Centenary Innovation Special

Venue: Marquee
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Over its 100 years, the BBC has pioneered many now-ubiquitous technologies. The BBC’s tech programme, Click, looks at some of the remarkable stories of innovation from the BBC microphone to the famous ‘pips’. In this special show from Hay Festival, host Spencer Kelly brings together a panel of guests to unpack the history of BBC tech before looking to see what the future may hold.

Family, 8+ years
Unreserved seating
Free – no ticket required
BBC World: Click Live from Hay Festival

Event MT1

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 HD3

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jacqueline Wilson

The Magic Faraway Tree

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Join Jacqueline Wilson on a magical adventure into Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood. A lifelong fan of Blyton and The Magic Faraway Tree series, Jacqueline has written a new Faraway Tree exploit to delight readers of all ages. There are new and familiar faces to meet and a whole new set of fantastical worlds for readers to explore. Jacqueline Wilson is one of Britain’s bestselling children’s authors. She writes for a wide age range and has legions of fans both in the UK and around the world.

7+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Jacqueline Wilson

Event HD4

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Dom Conlon

Wild Wanderers

Venue: Starlight Stage
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With the aid of a giant world map, Dom Conlon takes children on a journey through the natural world to see how hares adapt to climate, how sharks protect the air we breathe, how the wind brings life to the Amazon rainforest and how life without light would be a difficult thing. Children will leap across the room and make their own Wild Wanderer stories to take away.

3+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Dom Conlon

Event HD5

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michael Morpurgo talks to Julia Eccleshare

When Fishes Flew

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A chance to hear Michael Morpurgo, bestselling author of War Horse and Private Peaceful, talk about his novel When Fishes Flew, a sweeping story of love and rescue. A memorable journey to the Greek island of Ithaca, and back in time to World War Two, it’s an unforgettable hymn to personal courage, quiet heroism and the legacies of storytelling.

Australian-Greek girl Nandi travels to her ancestors’ home in Ithaca, and discovers, through a friendship with an extremely unusual flying fish, the extraordinary story of her great-aunt Elena and how she became an unsung hero of World War Two – and still is…

Family, 9+ years
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Michael Morpurgo talks to Julia Eccleshare

Event HD6

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Daniel Morden

A Ship of Fools

Venue: Cube
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Award-winning author and storyteller Daniel Morden tells tales from long ago with relish, passion and gusto. Expect magic spells, flying ships, mysterious strangers, dastardly kings, calling out, joining in, foolishness and terrible jokes.

Family, 6+ years
Price: £6.00
 
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Daniel Morden

Event MT2

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 HD7

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Lemn Sissay and Greg Stobbs

Don’t Ask the Dragon

Venue: Starlight Stage
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You’re invited to Alem’s birthday party, but where will he be celebrating? Maybe the bear, the fox, the treefrog or the bulldog know? But don’t ask the dragon… or he will EAT you! Join Lemn Sissay and Greg Stobbs for a fun, interactive reading with colouring activities from their new picture book – a heart-warming story about finding joy and home wherever you are.

Family, 4+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Lemn Sissay and Greg Stobbs

Event W2

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Workshop with Linda Davies

Money: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Venue: Summerhouse
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What every young person needs to know. Join this interactive workshop with bestselling author and financial empowerment guide Linda Davies, where you’ll learn how to create a healthy relationship with money.

14+ years
Price: £7.00
 
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Workshop with Linda Davies

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