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. Children aged 11 or older may attend events or workshops on their own. Children aged 10 or younger must be accompanied by an adult (aged 16 or older) at all times, including during events. Adults will need to buy a ticket for children's events, unless otherwise stated. Babes in arms do not require tickets. We look forward to seeing you all at the festival.

Event HD79

Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett

Triangle and Square

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the New York Times duo as they conspire again on two slyly funny tales about some creative shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humour, these thoughtful offerings about different shapes from two of today's most irreverent picture-book creators emphasize the importance of keeping your eyes and your mind open to wonder, where others see only rubble and rocks.

6+
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD80

Sarah McIntyre

Bunnies v Dinosaurs

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the writer-illustrator in the worlds she has created, populated entirely by animals. Explore her two new picture-books: hop along to meet The New Neighbours and find out how a hopeful young Diplodocus becomes Dinoville’s hero in Dinosaur Firefighters. Stories and drawing in this interactive session for families.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 
Sarah McIntyre

Event W112

Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6 years
Price: £10.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
Rooted Forest School

Event W110

Splatch

Circus Workshops

Venue: Cube

Roll up, roll up...run away with the circus at Hay Festival. Join two fantastic performers from Splatch, a community-driven company from Cardiff. They will be teaching hula hoop, juggling, tightwire and acrobatics. Get physical and have fun at this workshop.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-10 years
Price: £9.00
 
 

Event W111

Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

University of Worcester Illustration Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join the illustrators in a printmaking workshop and have a go at creating characters through rubber and foam stamping techniques.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11 years
Price: £7.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

Event HD81

Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join Waterstones' Children’s Laureate as she introduces a storytelling event and talks about the inspiration for her latest picture-book. Learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling, led by Devon Black. Lauren will read from the book and answer questions.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD82

Nicola Davies

The First Book of the Sea

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the author of The First Book of Nature and The First Book of Animals as she introduces a collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. Feel what it is like to swim with dolphins and flying fish, pore over rock-pools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins. With exquisite watercolour illustrations from Emily Sutton, the book captures the excitement of a child's first glimpse of the sea, the majesty of ancient trading ships and the wonder of the humpback whale.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W115

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent

Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
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Event W116

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8 years
Price: £10.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
Rooted Forest School

Event W113

Splatch

Circus Workshops

Venue: Cube

Roll up, roll up...run away with the circus at Hay Festival. Join two fantastic performers from Splatch, a community-driven company from Cardiff. They will be teaching hula hoop, juggling, tightwire and acrobatics. Get physical and have fun at this workshop.

11-14 years
Price: £9.00
 
 

Event W114

Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

University of Worcester Illustration Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join the illustrators in a printmaking workshop and have a go at creating characters through rubber and foam stamping techniques.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11 years
Price: £7.00
 
 
Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

Event HD83

Peter Lord

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Creative Director and co-founder of Aardman Animations takes us behind the scenes of the UK's favourite animation studio. The latest blockbuster adventure is Early Man.

Family
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD84

Steven Camden

Nobody Real

Venue: Starlight Stage

One of the UK’s most acclaimed spoken-word artists who has performed around the world introduces his new book about a girl called Marcie and her imaginary friend, Thor Baker. Join this discussion and creative session revolving around imaginary friends and the role they play in our lives.

12+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W117

Rosie Wellesley

The Drawing Doctor and the Itchy-saurus

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Rosie is a doctor who also makes gorgeous picture-books. She’ll be reading from her new book and talking about why she wrote this story about a dinosaur with an itch that can’t be scratched. You’ll be joining in with the dinosaur roars and potion-making and then drawing along with Rosie as she shows you how to draw characters this and her other new book The Very Helpful Hedgehog. You’ll also make your own dinosaur roar speech bubbles to take away.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

3 - 5 years
Price: £7.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W118

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9 - 11 years
Price: £10.00
 
 
Rooted Forest School

Event HD85

Amy Lamé in conversation with Jenny Valentine

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the author, activist, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and the Mayor of London’s very first Night Tsar as she looks back at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement. With the help of her new book, From Prejudice to Pride, Amy charts LGBTQ+ history from ancient civilisations to the present day, exploring the pioneers, heartbreaks and courageous communities that have helped us understand what it means to be LGBTQ+ today.

11+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD86

Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jacob Sager Weinstein

Imaginary worlds

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

How do you create a world where everything is different to our own? Join three authors as they discuss the imaginative journey it takes to create alternative worlds in their books including Skychasers, The Girl of Ink and Stars and The City of Secret Rivers. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W120

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent

Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
Price: £8.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W119

Rosie Wellesley

The Drawing Doctor and the Itchy-saurus

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Rosie is a doctor who also makes gorgeous picture-books. She’ll be reading from her new book and talking about why she wrote this story about a dinosaur with an itch that can’t be scratched. You’ll be joining in with the dinosaur roars and potion-making in the story and then drawing along with Rosie as she shows you how to create characters using a printing technique created specifically for the book.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6 - 8 years
Price: £7.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W121

Splatch

Circus Workshops

Venue: Cube

Roll up, roll up...run away with the circus at Hay Festival. Join two fantastic performers from Splatch, a community-driven company from Cardiff. They will be teaching hula hoop, juggling, tightwire and acrobatics. Get physical and have fun at this workshop.

15 - 18 years
Price: £9.00
 
 

Event W122

Rooted Forest School

Fire and Cooking Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4 - 6 years
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Rooted Forest School

Event HD87

Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD88

Miranda McKearney, Nicola Davies, Atinuke

Building Empathy Through Stories

Venue: Starlight Stage

The founder of EmpathyLab, a new organisation inspired by scientific research showing that reading builds our real-life empathy, discusses how to create stories that elicit empathy in readers with the two writers. There will be an opportunity to join in empathy-boosting activities, and look ahead to national Empathy Day on 12 June.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W125

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent

Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
This event is sold out, but there is still availability over the rest of the programme. Please go ahead and browse through the listings.
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