Hay Festival HAYDAYS for families and children

Welcome to the Haydays programme, we have lots of events for children and families to enjoy together, including more workshops than ever before. Parents or carers must attend workshops with children aged 8 years or under, but don't require a ticket. Children aged 9–11 can be signed in and out of workshops: parents or carers may also attend but don't require a ticket. Children aged 12 and over may attend workshops without signing in and without a parent or carer in attendance. Ingenuity Studio 1 free workshops take place every day. Sign up at the venue for 10am, 11.30am or 1pm. Ingenuity Studio 1 free drop-in sessions for families take place between 2.30pm and 5pm, Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June. Adults will need to buy a ticket for children's [HD] events, unless otherwise stated. Babes in arms do not require tickets. We look forward to seeing you all at the festival.

Event HD1

Julia Donaldson and Friends

The Gruffalo is 20!

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Celebrate The Gruffalo’s 20th birthday with Julia Donaldson and friends for a fun-packed hour of stories and songs based on her bestselling books. Performing alongside her guitar-playing husband Malcolm and other actors, they will also bring to life her brand new stories The Cook and the King and The Go-Away Bird. Get ready to join in! 

3+
Family Show.
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Event HD2

Candy Gourlay

Bone Talk

Venue: Starlight Stage

Shortlisted for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal, Bone Talk is a dramatic adventure tale full of spirit and soul that transports readers to the world and heart of a remote Filipino tribe. Candy Gourlay, who is of Filipino heritage and was a journalist during the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, explores colonialism and the treatment of Filipino tribes in this fascinating and strongly set adventure.

9+
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Event W3

Become a Fake News Detective 1

The Guardian Foundation

Venue: Scribblers Hut

What is news? Is all news fake? Who can you trust? Join the NewsWise team for a fun, interactive investigation into the news… find the clues to help you spot fake news, and understand why this matters! NewsWise (theguardian.com/newswise) is a free project from The Guardian Foundation (theguardian.com/the-guardian-foundation), National Literacy Trust (literacytrust.org.uk) and PSHE Association (pshe-association.org.uk).

9–11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W2

Cookery Workshop 1

Cook School

Venue: Cube

Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W4

Foraged Art Workshop 1

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden

Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

4–6
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 1

Event W5

NMiTE (New Model in Technology and Engineering)

Ingenuity Flash

Venue: Ingenuity Studio 1

Join us in NMiTE’s Studio 1, a hi-tech refurbished shipping container, to explore ideas through making. Experience how highly creative and technological engineering can be. NMiTE is located in Hereford and aims to be the city’s first university with a focus on engineering.
Sign up at the venue for 10am, 11.30am or 1pm. Ingenuity Studio 1 free drop-in sessions for families take place between 2.30pm and 5pm, Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June. 

9–18
Parental consent required for under 11s
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Event HD3

Michael Rosen

Jelly Boots and Uncle Gobb, and a Bear Hunt

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Come and meet the one and only Michael Rosen and find out all about Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots and Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot and his other fabulous stories including We're Going on a Bear Hunt as we celebrate its 30th birthday. Jelly Boots is a riotous poetry celebration of words – silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot is the third uproarious Uncle Gobb adventure and sees Malcolm and his awful Uncle Gobb return, each with a cunning plot… 

Suitable for ages 7+
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Event HD4

Sarah Crossan and Lauren Child

The UK and Irish Children’s Laureates Share Ideas

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child and Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan will share the stage to discuss the power of words, the importance of illustration and their mutual conviction that every child should have access to literature and to creativity. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

12+
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Event W6

Cookery Workshop 2

Cook School

Venue: Cube

Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W7

Foraged Art Workshop 2

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden

Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

6–8
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 2

Event W9

Become a Fake News Detective 2

The Guardian Foundation

Venue: Scribblers Hut

What is news? Is all news fake? Who can you trust? Join the NewsWise team for a fun, interactive investigation into the news… find the clues to help you spot fake news, and understand why this matters! NewsWise (theguardian.com/newswise) is a free project from The Guardian Foundation (theguardian.com/the-guardian-foundation), National Literacy Trust (literacytrust.org.uk) and PSHE Association (pshe-association.org.uk).

9–11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD5

Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses and Dr Who

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join Malorie Blackman as she reflects on her time as Children’s Laureate and her extraordinary writing career to date – from her groundbreaking and unforgettable Noughts & Crosses series and BAFTA winning story Pig-Heart Boy to her writing for Doctor Who. Malorie will talk about her inspirations and her writing tips, and will give a sneak preview of her new novel Crossfire, out later this year. Malorie will speak to Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust.  

14+
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Malorie Blackman

Event HD6

Chae Strathie

So You Think You’ve Got It Bad? A Kid’s Life in Ancient Egypt

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Life in ancient Egypt may sound like fun, with the glorious sunny weather and amazing pyramids. But in award-winning author Chae Strathie’s new book, you’ll discover it was actually pretty tough. From dodging Deathstalker scorpions to cleaning up cow dung, and from eating roast hedgehog to being slammed in the stocks, learn what life was really like at the time of the Pharaohs. Maybe modern life’s not so bad after all…

6+
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Event W10

Cookery Workshop 3

Cook School

Venue: Cube

Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD7

The Elmer Show

Elmer’s 30th Birthday Surprise

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Elmer the patchwork elephant loves making his friends laugh, but doesn’t like being different. After trying to hide his true colours, his friends help him discover that being himself is more fun than he could have imagined. Now, as everyone knows, elephants never forget – especially when it is a birthday. But sometimes humans do. So come and help Elmer’s storyteller friend plan a special birthday surprise for Elmer by stomping through an interactive storytime, trumpeting along with songs and coming up with ways to make Elmer feel extra special on his birthday.

3+
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The Elmer Show

Event HD8

Alex Wheatle and Clarrie Mae Bent

Crongton Live

Venue: Starlight Stage

The Brixton Bard, Alex Wheatle, and actress Clarrie Mae Bent invite you to join them for an interactive event full of discussion, storytelling and live performance exploring Alex’s acclaimed Crongton sequence of YA novels: Liccle Bit, Crongton Knights, Straight Outta Crongton and Home Girl. Set on the fictional South Crong estate, Alex’s books explore family, friendship, love, and loyalty put to the test. The event will focus on the importance of language, style and dialogue, inspiring young writers and performers alike.

14+
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Event W13

Become a Fake News Detective 3

The Guardian Foundation

Venue: Scribblers Hut

What is news? Is all news fake? Who can you trust? Join the NewsWise team for a fun, interactive investigation into the news… find the clues to help you spot fake news, and understand why this matters! NewsWise (theguardian.com/newswise) is a free project from The Guardian Foundation (theguardian.com/the-guardian-foundation), National Literacy Trust (literacytrust.org.uk) and PSHE Association (pshe-association.org.uk).

9–11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W12

Cookery Workshop 4

Cook School

Venue: Cube

Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W14

Foraged Art Workshop 3

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden

Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

5+
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD9

Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen

Flights of Fancy: Stories, pictures and inspiration from Children’s Laureates

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join Julia Donaldson, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen in this original and action-packed event showcasing each of their amazing stints as UK Children’s Laureate. There will be singing, acting, drawing and performing – and plenty of inspiration for audience creativity too. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

Family event – 6+
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Event HD10

Bryony Gordon

You Got This

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

The most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself. Mental health activist, bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon will share the crucial life lessons she wished she had known when she was a teenager. Join Bryony as she chats about self-respect, body positivity, love, mental health and confidence with Holly Bourne, author of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Together they will be covering all the tools that any teen needs to grow up happy.

12+
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Event W15

Cookery Workshop 5

Cook School

Venue: Cube

Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W16

Foraged Art Workshop 4

Rooted Forest Schools

Venue: Wild Garden

Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.

4–6
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 4

Event HD11

Sarah Cruddas

The Space Race: The journey to the Moon and beyond

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the TV space journalist as she tells how humans went from first imagining what lies above us to being able to reach for the stars. Learn all about where space exploration is heading and discover that the future of space is stranger than you can ever imagine – including the idea that the first person to walk on Mars is probably in school today. Packed full of amazing facts, quirky statistics and mind-blowing information, this will appeal to space fans of all ages.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 
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Event W18

Cookery Workshop 6

Cook School

Venue: Cube

Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.

5–18
Parents of children under 9 must attend but don’t require a ticket
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