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 HD70

Anne Rooney

Dinosaur Atlas

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join author Anne Rooney on a journey to the prehistoric age. Walk alongside the massive megalosaurus, take to the skies with terrific pterosaurs and dive to the depths of an ancient ocean with the incredible ichthyosaur. Keep your eyes open, though – you never know what other creatures you might meet along the way. Dinosaur Atlas was shortlisted for the Royal Society’s 2018 Young People’s Book Prize.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD71

David Long

Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Courageous Animals

Venue: Compass Studio

David Long tells the extraordinary stories of amazingly brave animals – dogs, horses, cats and even birds. Their intelligence and loyalty as well as their courage is a model for all,and David explores what humans might learn from them as he retells their fascinating true stories.

9+
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Event HD72

Adam & Charlotte Guillain

Jelly Beans for Giants and Molly’s Magic Wardrobe

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Ever wondered what a giant’s favourite treat is, or how to find a fairy’s missing wand? Join the Guillains in fairyland and see what happens when you climb a beanstalk. Packed with storytelling and songs – get ready to laugh and sing along.

3+
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Event W99

Foraged Art Workshop 13

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 13

Event W100

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
Free – sign up at the venue on the day

Event HD73

Judith Kerr

The Curse of the School Rabbit

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

HAYDAYS' favourite Judith Kerr returns to introduce her forthcoming illustrated chapter book, published in June to celebrate her 96th birthday. She talks about her amazing life and work including When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog stories. Judith will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Associate Culture Editor, the Guardian.

6+
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Judith Kerr

Event HD74

Karl Nova

Rhythm and Poetry

Venue: Starlight Stage

Award-winning wordsmith, hip hop artist and poet Karl Nova will perform pieces from his new book Rhythm and Poetry. Karl stitches and weaves his performance to tell stories that are humorous, personal and inspirational. He will perform freestyle, inviting the audience to challenge him to create a verse on the spot.

11+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD75

Emma Carroll and Lisa Thompson

Secrets of the Sun King and The Day I Was Erased

Venue: Compass Studio

How do you create a compelling adventure that keeps readers guessing? Join bestselling authors Emma Carroll and Lisa Thompson as they discuss building suspense and keeping readers hooked in their page-turning stories including Secrets of a Sun King and The Day I Was Erased.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W102

Foraged Art Workshop 14

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 14

Event W101

Jenny Valentine 1

The Perfect Crime: Creative Writing Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join award-winning novelist Jenny Valentine to create your own crime scene investigation. Expect plot twists and high drama; as Sherlock Holmes says: “once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”.

11–12
2 hours
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Jenny Valentine 1

Event HD76

Cressida Cowell

Dragons and Wizards

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join Cressida Cowell, award-winning author of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once series. Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic, as well as the inspirations behind all her writing, and give tips on becoming an author or illustrator.

9+
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event HD77

Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Venue: Starlight Stage

Calling all human beans! Join Word Wizards Sara-Jane Arbury and Fiona Ross, and gobblefunk with Roald Dahl’s redunculously rude and rotsome words. Learn how to curse like a Giant and insult like a Trunchbull! Oodles of foulsome fun with wacky word games, mouth manglers, explosive expletives, shouting matches and whizzpopping poppyrot.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 
Fiona Ross and Sarah-Jane Arbury

Event W104

Jenny Valentine 2

The Perfect Crime: Creative Writing Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join award-winning novelist Jenny Valentine to create your own crime scene investigation. Expect plot twists and high drama; as Sherlock Holmes says: “once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”.

13–14
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Jenny Valentine 2

Event HD78

Jacqueline Wilson

Dancing the Charleston

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join bestselling Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who introduces her gloriously atmospheric new book and discusses how she created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. Please note that there will be no book signing after the talk, but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature on will be available from the Bookshop.

9+
Price: £10.00
 
 

Event W107

Foraged Art Workshop 15

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.

9–11
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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Foraged Art Workshop 15

Event HD79

Katherine Rundell

The Good Thieves and Into the Jungle

Venue: Starlight Stage

Katherine Rundell discusses her two most recent titles: The Good Thieves, the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong, and Into the Jungle, a collection of beautifully imagined stories about the origins of the animals in Rudyard Kipling’s classic Just So Stories.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W110

Foraged Art Workshop 16

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
Sold out
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Foraged Art Workshop 16

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