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 HD8

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Lenny Henry talks to Nathan Bryon

The Boy With Wings

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join actor, comedian and author Lenny Henry as he talks about his brilliantly funny, action-packed adventure story The Boy With Wings. Twelve-year-old Tunde is an average kid with average friends whose life is turned upside down when, in the middle of a football match, he leaps for the ball and stays in the air – on an enormous pair of wings. He discovers newfound powers and a secret past, and finds out how an average kid can become an extraordinary hero.

9+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Lenny Henry talks to Nathan Bryon

Event HD9

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Smriti Halls

Who Are You?

Venue: Cube
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Join award-winning author and former BookTrust Writer in Residence Smriti Halls for a fun-filled event, jam-packed with games and storytelling. First, it’s all about you as Smriti introduces her new picture book Who Are You? which celebrates the pieces, places and people that make us who we are. Discover Smriti’s inspiration and draw a doodle that represents you.

3+ years
Price: £6.00
 
Smriti Halls

Event MT3

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 HD10

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Julian Clary & David Roberts

The Bolds Go Green

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Give a hoot and don’t pollute! The Bolds have decided to do their bit for the planet and go green. They’re reducing, reusing and recycling as much as they can. Not all of their eco-friendly ideas are welcome though – especially when it comes to ‘watering’ the neighbours’ front garden with wee. An eventful trip to the charity shop leads to a new rescue adventure for the Bold family, and an old friend returns with an unexpected list of demands. Can the Bolds keep their cool as temperatures rise? The much-loved comedian and award-winning illustrator reveal the answer!

Age 7+
U16 Ticket
£5.00
 
Adult Ticket
£8.00
 
Julian Clary & David Roberts

Event HD11

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Madeleine Finlay

Beetles for Breakfast

Venue: Cube
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Find out why eating insects, getting inspiration from desert-dwelling bugs and even using poo for power could help us lead more environmentally friendly lives in the future. Author, scientist and BBC presenter Madeleine Finlay will discuss some of the weird and wacky ideas scientists have to live greener. You’ll get the chance to try some insects and design your own bug-based menu.

5+ years
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Madeleine Finlay

Event W6

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Theraplay Workshop with Vivien Norris

Venue: Summerhouse
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Theraplay is a way of playing with your child which builds and enhances attachment, self-esteem, trust in each other and joyful engagement.The ideas can be used in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important. It is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. Join our family Theraplay group and experience what it’s like! The group will be playful, physical, personal and fun. Everyone joins in so come prepared for activity.

5+ years
A parent/carer must attend but does not require a ticket.
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Event HD12

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Pamela Butchart

Wigglesbottom Primary: The Talking Lamb

Venue: Starlight Stage
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It’s time to return to the hilarious Wigglesbottom Primary with superstar author Pamela Butchart. Expect mayhem, chaos and a school trip that goes a bit pear-shaped because of a lamb that’s just been introduced to Year 2. Let your imagination run riot in this laugh-out-loud event.

5+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Pamela Butchart

Event HD13

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

David Farr talks to Francine Stock

The Book of Stolen Dreams

Venue: Cube
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Step inside the pages of an immortal adventure with master storyteller, BBC film and screenwriter David Farr and discover a truly unforgettable journey of wonder, courage and magic. One of the UK’s leading screenwriters, David has a knack for creating magical stories and this tale of a stolen book, inspired by David’s own family history, will have you riveted.

9+ years
Price: £6.00
 
David Farr talks to Francine Stock

Event W7

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Theraplay Workshop with Vivien Norris

Venue: Summerhouse
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Theraplay is a way of playing with your child which builds and enhances attachment, self-esteem, trust in each other and joyful engagement.The ideas can be used in everyday parenting and in any setting where relationship connection is important. It is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child. Join our family Theraplay group and experience what it’s like! The group will be playful, physical, personal and fun. Everyone joins in so come prepared for activity.

8+ years
A parent/carer must attend but does not require a ticket.
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Event MT4

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 HD14

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michael Morpurgo talks to Ian McMillan

There Once is a Queen

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Michael Morpurgo discusses his commemorative gift book There Once is a Queen, published to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and gorgeously illustrated by Michael Foreman. This very special book begins with the Queen as a child, planting an oak tree with her father, and follows her story in a way that brings her historic reign vividly to life for readers around the globe, big and small.

Family, 4+ years
Price: £7.00
 
Michael Morpurgo talks to Ian McMillan

Event HD15

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Michelle Paver

Wolfbane

Venue: Cube
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Travel back six thousand years into the Forest of the Stone Age: a world of myth, menace, natural magic and exhilarating adventure. Michelle Paver shares the secrets behind her bestselling Wolf Brother series and reveals how Torak, Renn and Wolf face their deadliest challenge yet in Wolfbane, the thrilling final book. Will this adventure be the end for Wolf?

9+ years
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Michelle Paver

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