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 HD51

Karine Polwart & Kate Leiper

A Wee Bird Was Watching

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join award-winning songwriter and debut children’s writer Karine Polwart and acclaimed illustrator Kate Leiper as they share their new picture book, A Wee Bird Was Watching. Through music and drawing, discover an enchanted woodland of delights in a story that is a wonderful tale of resilience, kindness and courage.

6+
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Event HD52

PG Bell, Anna James, Nadine Wild-Palmer

What If…? Creating fantasy worlds

Venue: Compass Studio

Explore the magical possibilities of stories and the unlikely places they can take you. Travel with PG Bell, whose Train to Impossible Places is a rollicking adventure, fall into the heart of storyland with Anna James in Pages & Co and head down into an unexpectedly different world with Nadine Wild-Palmer in The Tunnels Beneath. Chaired by Sian Cain, Online Books Editor at the Guardian.

9+
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Event W68

Being Mathematical 1

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) for a workshop offering families the opportunity to work mathematically. Being resilient, curious, resourceful and collaborative are all great characteristics, which everyone can develop to be more mathematical. Come and share some problems selected from the popular RI Masterclass (rigb.org/education/masterclasses) and NRICH (nrich.maths.org/mathematically) collections, encouraging you to strengthen your mathematical muscles.

8–10
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W69

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 HD53

Louise O’Neill, Alice Oseman, Tom Pollock and Caroline Carpenter

The Bookseller YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction for young adults every year. Join shortlisted authors Louise O’Neill (The Surface Breaks), Alice Oseman (I Was Born for This), Tom Pollock (White Rabbit, Red Wolf) and Caroline Carpenter (Chair of the Bookseller YA Book Prize) for a discussion of their books and the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Chelsey Pippin.

14+
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Event HD54

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Venue: Compass Studio

It’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday! Eric Carle’s world-famous story is the most read children’s book in Britain. Join us for a fun, interactive storytelling session and caterpillar crafting.

Parents must accompany children under 11, and will need their own ticket.
Please book as many tickets as you need seats (babes in arms don't require their own ticket).

3+
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Event W71

Being Mathematical 2

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) for a workshop offering families the opportunity to work mathematically. Being resilient, curious, resourceful and collaborative are all great characteristics, which everyone can develop to be more mathematical. Come and share some problems selected from the popular RI Masterclass (rigb.org/education/masterclasses) and NRICH (nrich.maths.org/mathematically) collections, encouraging you to strengthen your mathematical muscles.

11–13
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W72

Craft Demonstration from Ruskin Mill Students

Neurodiversity: Reimagining our potential

Venue: Meeting Place on site

Have a go at green woodwork, pottery and weaving and find out what our craft-based Practical Skills Therapeutic Education brings to autistic young people. Talk with students, craft tutors and staff. Ruskin Mill Trust is a unique educational charity for learners with complex needs.

Family event
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W70

Migrations: Bird Mask Workshop 1

University of Worcester

Venue: Cube

Join the University of Worcester illustration team to make bird masks in response to the Migrations – Open Hearts, Open Borders exhibition. Find out how artists can change attitudes and help us to empathise with people who face dangers in their struggle to find a safer and better place to live. We will provide postcards and colours; please bring kindness and imagination to show that a small gesture can make a difference.

6–8
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD55

Nicola Davies

The Wonder of Trees

Venue: Starlight Stage

The award-winning author and scientist invites you to celebrate trees in all their variety as she leads a journey exploring the extraordinary diversity of trees and forests. With fascinating facts and figures, Nicola will encourage children (and adults) to treasure te world’s biodiversity and give tips on how to help stop it slipping away.

9+
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Event W77

Craft Demonstration from Ruskin Mill Students

Neurodiversity: Reimagining our potential

Venue: Meeting Place on site

Have a go at green woodwork, pottery and weaving and find out what our craft-based Practical Skills Therapeutic Education brings to autistic young people. Talk with students, craft tutors and staff. Ruskin Mill Trust is a unique educational charity for learners with complex needs.

Family event
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W74

Migrations: Rubber Stamp Workshop 1

University of Worcester

Venue: Cube

Join the University of Worcester illustration team to make rubber stamps in response to the Migrations – Open Hearts, Open Borders exhibition. Find out how artists can change attitudes and help us to empathise with people who face dangers in their struggle to find a safer and better place to live. We will provide the rubber and inks; please bring kindness and imagination to show that a small gesture can make a difference.

14+
1 hour 30 mins
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Event W76

Reveal My Daemon 1

Creative Workshop with Rufus Mufasa

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Step into Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials world where every child is born with their own shape-shifting daemon. What form will your daemon take? You might want a lion, but could it be a poodle? Join poet and performer Rufus Mufasa and Head4Arts in discovering your inner daemon through poetry, art… and magic.

9–11
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Event HD56

Humza Arshad

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Comedian Humza Arshad introduces his latest character creation, Humza Khan aka Little Badman, the star of a hilarious new series for children full of mischief, adventure and evil aunties. Named ‘the most influential Asian of his generation’, Humza Arshad is an ambassador for YouTube’s Creators for Change and is passionate about using creativity and comedy to inspire youngsters from all backgrounds.

9+
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Event HD57

The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Venue: Starlight Stage

Who will win the 2019 YA Book Prize? Join the host of the award presentation to hear from authors on the shortlist, which this year includes Sara Barnard, Juno Dawson, Laura Dockrill, Muhammad Khan, Louise O’Neill, Alice Oseman, Tom Pollock, Fiona Shaw, Katherine Webber and Laura Wood.

12+
2 hours
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Event W80

Craft Demonstration from Ruskin Mill Students

Neurodiversity: Reimagining our potential

Venue: Meeting Place on site

Have a go at green woodwork, pottery and weaving and find out what our craft-based Practical Skills Therapeutic Education brings to autistic young people. Talk with students, craft tutors and staff. Ruskin Mill Trust is a unique educational charity for learners with complex needs.

Family event
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W79

Reveal My Daemon 2

Creative Workshop with Rufus Mufasa

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Step into Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials world where every child is born with their own shape-shifting daemon. What form will your daemon take? You might want a lion, but could it be a poodle? Join poet and performer Rufus Mufasa and Head4Arts in discovering your inner daemon through poetry, art… and magic.

11–13
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Event W75

Migrations: Collage & Print Workshop 1

University of Worcester

Venue: Cube

Join the University of Worcester illustration team to make collages and prints in response to the Migrations – Open Hearts, Open Borders exhibition. Find out how artists can change attitudes and help us to empathise with people who face dangers in their struggle to find a safer and better place to live. We will provide materials and inks; please bring kindness and imagination to show that a small gesture can make a difference.

9–11
1 hour 30 mins
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event W83

Being Mathematical 3

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) for a workshop offering families the opportunity to work mathematically. Being resilient, curious, resourceful and collaborative are all great characteristics, which everyone can develop to be more mathematical. Come and share some problems selected from the popular RI Masterclass (rigb.org/education/masterclasses) and NRICH (nrich.maths.org/mathematically) collections, encouraging you to strengthen your mathematical muscles.

14+
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Event HD58

John Boyne in conversation with Daniel Hahn

My Brother’s Name is Jessica

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

John Boyne, award-winning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, discusses his new novel which explores the bravery of transgender youth through the eyes of family. John Boyne will speak to Daniel Hahn, discussing the book and celebrating LGBTQ+ representation in children’s and YA fiction.

9+
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