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 HD25

Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers – Hetty Feather Series

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join us for an afternoon with the much-loved author and discover how she started her writing career and created some of her most popular characters, then hear about her brand new book, Rose Rivers.

9+
There will be signed bookplates available for book sales in the Bookshop.
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Event HD26

Ed Vere

How to Be a Lion

Venue: Starlight Stage

You don't need to roar to be heard...Join author and illustrator Ed Vere for a fantastic storytelling event celebrating daydreamers, quiet courage and the importance of being true to yourself. Ed will be live drawing characters from his new book and introducing children to the charms of Leonard the Lion and his best friend Marianne, who just happens to be a duck. 
A fun, thought-provoking and interactive event for children and their parents!

3+
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Ed Vere

Event W40

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

8-10
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Event HD27

Michael Morpurgo in conversation with Peter Florence

Venue: Tata Tent

The Director of Hay Festival talks to the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful. They discuss in particular his latest book Flamingo Boy, set during the Second World War in the Camargue region of France. The book is inspired by his grandson.

Family
Price: £9.00
 
 

Event HD28

Frances Hardinge talks to Georgina Godwin

A Skinful of Shadows

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A unique opportunity to hear from the author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree, as she talks about her new novel, an historical tale of a mysterious family's hidden secrets, and a young girl's quest to shape her own destiny.

12+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W43

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

8-10
Price: £6.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event HD29

Robin Ince and Christopher Edge

Science in Stories: The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, as they tackle questions of science and creativity, puzzling over mysteries such as black holes, the Big Bang and the nature of reality as explored in their books The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I.

9+
Price: £7.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event HD30

Steve Lenton and Tracey Corderoy

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the creators of the lovable ex-robbers turned bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. Hear all about their latest adventures in this fun-packed event full of storytelling, fun participation and laugh-out-loud games.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W45

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

11-13
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Event HD31

Juno Dawson

Clean

Venue: Starlight Stage

The top YA author is widely recognised for her skill in writing powerful stories that include some of the most difficult issues facing YA readers today. Clean is a gripping and moving story that realistically tackles a broad range of issues including drug addiction, gender identity and mental health.

14+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W47

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

14+
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Event HD32

Jon Dovey, Tom Abba, Dan Franklin, Joanna Walsh

Ambient Literature and the Future of Storytelling

Venue: Compass

Join the Ambient Literature team and their guests for a discussion exploring the role that digital technologies can play in creating literary experiences that go beyond the page. The ubiquitous smartphone and new digital platforms offer writers and designers the opportunity to explore how we might incorporate new technologies and new stories.

14-Adult
Price: £6.00
 
 
Jon Dovey, Tom Abba, Dan Franklin, Joanna Walsh

Event HD33

Adam Frost

Animal Quiz

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD34

Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

Gaspard the Fox

Venue: Starlight Stage

This is a charming and humorous picture-book celebrating urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals with whom they share the city. Hear about them from the BBC broadcaster and author, and learn how to draw one with the illustrator. Book signing includes a paw-print from Gaspard.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD96

Authors4Oceans

Venue: Compass

Join legendary illustrator Jackie Morris (The Lost Words and The Seal Children), authors Nicola Davies (A First Book of the Sea and LOTS: The Diversity of Life on Earth), M.G. Leonard (Beetle Queen and Battle of the Beetles) and Lauren St John (Dolphin Song and Kat Wolfe Investigates) for a special event.  All four are part of Authors4Oceans, founded by Lauren St John to inspire the book industry, and young and old readers, to tackle plastic pollution and other marine conservation issues. There will be live drawing and tales about dolphin rescues, humpback whales, coral reef diving and the power of storytelling and illustration to spark action to save our seas.

9+
Price: £0.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W49

Craft Workshops with Ruskin Mill

Autism, Creativity and Engagement: Celebrating Neurodiversity

Venue: Mess Tent

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 inspired by the insights of Rudolf Steiner and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Family
Free, drop in

Event HD35

Steven Butler and Steven Lenton

The Nothing To See Here Hotel

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author and the illustrator welcome you to check in to The Nothing To See Here Hotel – occupied by magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. This series features energetic storytelling from Butler while Lenton will draw you into the adventure as he sketches the characters live on stage and gives you tips on how to create your own magical establishment.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD36

Andy Mulligan talks to Claire Armitstead

Dog

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and author of Trash as he discusses his most recent book, the story of the changing relationship that develops between a boy and his new dog, Spider. Spider helps Tom manage things when his life at home and at school is spinning out of control and in return Tom gives Spider all the love and attention he needs. Both grow stronger as a result. Dog is a book about trust, standing up for yourself, and learning to love.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W51

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
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Event W52

Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

RSPB Cymru Workshops

Venue: Wild Garden

Come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding in and among the leaves, logs and long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a unique colour collage. Materials provided. Meet at the RSPB Cymru stand.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

Family
Free but ticketed
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Wildlife Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event HD37

Kevin Crossley Holland and Francesca Simon

Norse Myths: Tales of Thor, Loki and Odin

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join these master storytellers in their modern interpretations of the Norse myths. Kevin draws on his study of the mythology to bring together these great stories in a stunningly illustrated anthology. While equally well versed in the myths but taking greater liberties with them, Francesca's vibrant re-workings, including The Lost Gods and The Monstrous Child, and her picture-book Hack and Wack, show how resonant the old stories are today. Chaired by Sian Cain.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD38

Jim Smith

Barry Loser is the best at football NOT

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Lollies winner, for a session of stories, laughs and draw-alongs. Jim will teach you how to draw Barry Loser and his mates as well as drawing live portraits of the audience.

7+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD39

Jen Lunn

Read for Good: Secrets of the Storytelling Universe

Venue: Cube

Unleash your inner Shakespeare by joining the professional storyteller to discover the secrets of telling a good tale. In this interactive creative session you'll put into practice techniques used by the greatest storytellers of all time, and develop the skills you need to keep your friends entertained. Plus, who knows? You might even find a bestseller up your sleeve. Jen Lunn works with Read for Good to bring the magic of storytelling to children in hospital and to develop bespoke story workshops for schools. She has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create performances, podcasts and digital books.

4+
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Event W53

Travel in Space and Time

Illustration workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts Illustration degree students to create exciting and inventive images based on space and time travel. Be prepared to explore ideas from another orbit and beyond this time frame.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-10
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Event HD40

Chris Bradford

Bodyguard: Fugitive

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author launches his new book, Fugitive, with a high-energy, immersive experience and live performance. Teen bodyguards Charley and Connor protect the world’s high-profile figures in the most testing of situations. But when the bodyguard is the target, who protects him or her? Learn bodyguard skills from the author (trained in karate, kickboxing and samurai swordsmanship) before putting these skills to the test. Will you spot the killer in the crowd?

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

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