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 W20

Foraged Art Workshop 5

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 5

Event W21

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 W19

Radio Production Workshop 1

Radio Platfform

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Radio Platfform is a youth-led radio station that offers young people a platform to build their confidence, find their voice and express their opinions. Join this interactive workshop to get a taste of all aspects of radio production, from presenting to editing and producing.

9–11
2 hours 30 mins
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Event HD12

Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and Ottoline

Venue: Starlight Stage

The former Children’s Laureate, highly-acclaimed illustrator, political cartoonist and bestselling children’s author of many brilliant books including the award-winning Goth Girl and Ottoline series will talk about his love of drawing. Chris will also lead a Q&A session where he will draw his answers live in front of the audience.

9+
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Event W22

Cookery Workshop 7

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 W23

Foraged Art Workshop 6

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 6

Event HD13

Lauren Child in conversation with Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Hubert Horatio

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child explores the magic of illustration and writing and the importance of daydreaming, and introduces her latest books How to Raise your Grown Ups – Hubert Horatio and Mary Poppins: Illustrated Gift Edition.

9+
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Event HD14

Nicola Davies

Animal Surprises

Venue: Starlight Stage

Discover the delights of nature with the zoologist, poet and bestselling children’s book author as she takes you through the jungle, dives deep down into the sea and climbs high up into the trees to uncover animals big, small, wide and tall.

3+
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Event W25

Cookery Workshop 8

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 W27

Radio Production Workshop 2

Radio Platfform

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Radio Platfform is a youth-led radio station that offers young people a platform to build their confidence, find their voice and express their opinions. Join this interactive workshop to get a taste of all aspects of radio production, from presenting to editing and producing.

12–15
2 hours 30 mins
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Event HD15

Gill Lewis

The Closest Thing to Flying

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Gill Lewis as she discusses her thoughtful and wide-ranging new novel, which explores the plight of refugees in the UK, the origins of the RSPB and the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement. Gill weaves together all of these strands and shares her own journey to becoming an author.

9+
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Event W28

Cookery Workshop 9

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 W29

Foraged Art Workshop 7

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 7

Event HD16

Sophia Bennett

The Bigger Picture: Women who changed the art world

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Join author Sophia Bennett for a discussion on what it means to be a woman working in the arts today and a celebration of some of the world’s most renowned and inspirational women artists. From the pioneers who paved the way to contemporary artists working today, find out how artists including Lubaina Himid, Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman have broken boundaries, fought to have their voices heard and changed the way we look at art. Chaired by Claire Armitstead, Associate Culture Editor, The Guardian.

12+
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Event HD17

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Runaway Robot

Venue: Starlight Stage

What would you do with a robot best friend? Award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce has some ideas. He’ll share these as he introduces Runaway Robot, which stars Alfie, whose lonely life is transformed when he meets Eric, a one-legged robot. A warm-hearted story of the importance of friendship, and a celebration of being different.

9+
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Event W31

Cookery Workshop 10

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 W32

Foraged Art Workshop 8

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 8

Event W33

Radio Production Workshop 3

Radio Platfform

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Radio Platfform hosts a debate with a panel of young adult Hay Festival-goers. Hay Festival is a hub of creative thought, and this is your chance to discuss the topics of the day and express your opinions. We want to hear what you’ve got to say… Radio Platfform: Your Voice, Your Sound, Your Platfform.

16–18
2 hours
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Event HD18

Andy Stanton

Mr Gum and The Paninis of Pompeii

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

Join the ridiculously funny author of Mr Gum for an hour of joyous nonsense as he introduces his brand new series, set in ancient Pompeii. Meet Caecilius the fart merchant! Thrill to the adventures of Barkus Wooferinicum, the family mutt! Tremble at the terrifying legend of the ma-wol-n-f! 85% historical inaccuracy guaranteed!

6+
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Event HD19

Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank

B is for Baby

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join storyteller Atinuke and illustrator Angela Brooksbank for a captivating read-along brought to life with live illustration. Hear fascinating folk tales from the bustling city in Nigeria where she grew up as she brings to life traditional stories from her childhood. Full of warmth and colour, Atinuke’s storytelling will have little ones mesmerised.

3+
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Event W35

Cookery Workshop 11

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 W37

Foraged Art Workshop 9

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 9

Event W38

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 W36

Radio Production Workshop 4

Radio Platfform

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Radio Platfform is a youth-led radio station that offers young people a platform to build their confidence, find their voice and express their opinions. Join this interactive workshop to get a taste of all aspects of radio production, from presenting to editing and producing.

9–11
2 hours 30 mins
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Event HD20

Chris Riddell

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell will talk about the inspiration behind his art for The Tales of Beedle the Bard and what it was like to illustrate JK Rowling’s words. There will be dramatic readings of the stories from the book while Chris Riddell draws live.

6+
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