Hay Festival HAYDAYS for families and children

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Event HD59

Nick Sharratt

Animal Pants

Venue: Starlight Stage

"Pants for iguanas and ravenous piranhas, groovy pants for gibbons, with pictures of bananas!" Come and join Nick Sharratt as he introduces his latest hilarious picture book.

3+
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Event HD60

Michelle Dickinson

The Kitchen Science Cookbook

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join an action-packed kitchen adventure with catapults, explosions and edible slime. Nanotechnologist Dr Michelle Dickinson shows you how to be a top scientist in your own kitchen. Using everyday equipment such as marshmallows and nuts, string and balloons, her experiments demonstrate principles of science and chemistry the whole family will find fascinating.

6+
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Event W86

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 W85

Swedish Culture for Children 1 with Cecilia Heikkilä

Children Can Change the World

Venue: Scribblers Hut

In Sweden, children and young people are recognised as an important part of society. Swedish children’s culture is open-minded and doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. This has fostered a generation of young people who express their opinions, are listened to and speak up to claim their rights, from Pippi Longstocking to Greta Thunberg. Join us to explore the power and potential of children changing the world. Illustrator, Cecilia Heikkilä, will lead a workshop related to climate change, nature and taking better care of the planet.

4-6 years
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event HD61

Francesca Simon and 25 Years of Horrid Henry

Up, Up and Away

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this ever-popular character. Join author Francesca Simon to find out what Henry gets up to in his latest mischievous adventure Up, Up and Away – a brand new collection of wickedly funny and totally brilliant stories.

6+
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Event HD62

Oscar’s Book Prize: John Dougherty and Laura Hughes

There’s a Pig Up My Nose!

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the author and illustrator of this gloriously silly story for a fun-filled event packed with songs and games. Laura Hughes and John Dougherty will sing and sketch their way through what happens when little Natalie enlists the help of her classmates after waking up one day with a pig up her nose. The story is the 2018 winner of Oscar’s Book Prize, which celebrates the best pre-school book of the year. Named after Oscar Ashton, a book-loving boy who died aged three-and-a-half, it is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust.

3+
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Event HD63

Kieran Larwood

The Beasts of Grimheart

Venue: Compass Studio

Hop into a fantasy adventure with Blue Peter award-winning author Kieran Larwood. Hear about the inspiration behind the fearsome warrior rabbits of the Five Realms series and help Kieran create a new land in an interactive map-making experience.

9+
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Event W88

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 W82

Migrations: Bird Mask Workshop 2

University of Worcester

Venue: Cube

2Join 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 W87

Swedish Culture for Children 2 with Sara-Jane Arbury

Children Can Change the World

Venue: Scribblers Hut

In Sweden, children and young people are recognised as an important part of society. Swedish children’s culture is open-minded and doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. This has fostered a generation of young people who express their opinions, are listened to and speak up to claim their rights, from Pippi Longstocking to Greta Thunberg. Join us to explore the power and potential of children changing the world. Performer Sara-Jane Arbury will run a Pippi Longstocking-themed workshop involving dressing-up.

7-9 years
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event HD64

Greg James, Chris Smith and Dave Cribb

Kid Normal and the Shadow Machine

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Calling all members of the Heroes’ Alliance! There’s been a dramatic jailbreak at a top secret prison and the planet’s most dangerous supervillains are on the loose. Luckily Kid Normal and the Super Zeroes are on hand to chase them down, but will they find Magpie and his dastardly shadow machine in time, before they bring about the end of the Heroes’ world as we know it?

Join award-winning broadcasters Greg James and Chris Smith for an action-packed Kid Normal event with musical accompaniment from Dave Cribb. Help create a brand-new superhero story and prepare for lots of games, singing and audience fun.

9+
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Event HD65

Jessica French

What a Waste

Venue: Starlight Stage

Our poor Earth is drowning in plastic. But it’s not too late to save it. Join conservationist, author and vet Jessica French to learn all about waste and how we can revolutionise our relationship with it to help make our planet a nicer place for everyone. Find out what is being done to fix the problem and how the smallest, simplest change can make a world of difference.

6+
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Event W91

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 W90

Migrations: Rubber Stamp Workshop 2

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 HD66

Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: Illustrated Edition for Children

Venue: Starlight Stage

Set your sails east as bestselling author and historian Peter Frankopan explores the history of the world via The Silk Roads. Discover a remarkable illustrated historical voyage and find out how understanding the past gives us insight into our future.

9+
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Event HD67

Proud: Stories, Poetry and Art on the Theme of Pride

Venue: Compass Studio

Join Juno Dawson as she discusses her new YA anthology Proud with some of its contributors: Simon James Green, Alice Oseman and new author Cynthia So. A rainbow, riotous celebration of talent, Proud is a funny and emotional read, featuring 24 LGBTQ+ YA authors, poets, and artists. All readers deserve to see themselves represented in books, and whether part of the LGBTQ+ community or a supportive ally, we can all read this with pride.

14+
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Event W94

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 W93

Swedish Culture for Children 3 with Sara-Jane Arbury

Children Can Change the World

Venue: Scribblers Hut

In Sweden, children and young people are recognised as an important part of society. Swedish children’s culture is open-minded and doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. This has fostered a generation of young people who express their opinions, are listened to and speak up to claim their rights, from Pippi Longstocking to Greta Thunberg. Join us to explore the power and potential of children changing the world. Performer Sara-Jane Arbury will run a Pippi Longstocking-themed workshop involving dressing-up.

7-9 years
Parents must attend but don't require a ticket
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Event W96

Migrations: Collage & Print Workshop 2

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 HD68

Emma Carroll

When We Were Warriors

Venue: Compass Studio
Against a dramatic World War Two background, Emma Carroll tells a thrilling story that explores how courageously and resourcefully children manage when everything in their lives falls apart. With a cast of new characters, Emma Carroll revisits settings which will be familiar to readers of her previous books such as Letters from the Lighthouse and Frost Hollow Hall.
9+
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Event HD69

Sara Barnard, Muhammad Khan and Laura Wood

The Bookseller YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new young adult fiction every year. Join shortlisted authors Sara Barnard (Goodbye, Perfect), Muhammad Khan (I Am Thunder) and Laura Wood (A Sky Painted Gold) for a discussion of their books and the the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Sian Cain, Online Books Editor at the Guardian.

14+
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Event W97

Swedish Culture for Children 4 with Emma Karinsdotter

Children Can Change the World

Venue: Scribblers Hut

In Sweden, children and young people are recognised as an important part of society. Swedish children’s culture is open-minded and doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. This has fostered a generation of young people who express their opinions, are listened to and speak up to claim their rights, from Pippi Longstocking to Greta Thunberg. Join us to explore the power and potential of children changing the world. Author, Emma Karinsdotter, will lead a workshop on writing and storytelling, with a focus on adventure.

9-12 years
Parents may attend but don't require a ticket
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