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 HD21

BookTrust Storytime Prize

Shortlist celebration hosted by Baroness Floella Benjamin

Venue: Starlight Stage

Come and snuggle up with the seven shortlisted authors and illustrators of the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2019! This will be a glorious celebration of the very best books for sharing with babies and young children. There will be live readings of the books and a chance to make some noise, all hosted by children’s champion and former Play Away and Play School presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin. To find out more about BookTrust visit booktrust.org.uk.

Family event – aimed at families with young children and babies
Online booking is now closed
BookTrust Storytime Prize

Event W39

Cookery Workshop 12

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 W40

Foraged Art Workshop 10

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
Online booking is now closed
Foraged Art Workshop 10

Event HD22

Liz Kessler

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Liz Kessler as she launches her new book, Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince. Discover the tricks and treasures Liz uses to create her worlds both under the sea and on land in this interactive event that will provide plenty of swishy inspiration.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W42

Cookery Workshop 13

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
Sold out
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Event W44

Radio Production Workshop 5

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 HD23

Onjali Q Raúf

Refugees: Reality, Representation and Reaction

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class…’ – so begins Onjali Q Raúf’s Blue Peter Book Award-winning debut novel The Boy at the Back of the Class. Onjali portrays the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child in a way that is accessible, warm and funny. Told with heart, humour and hope, this is a story about friendship and how naturally children celebrate, rather than fear, all our differences. The Boy at the Black of the Class is winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD24

The Booktrust Storytelling Event

Venue: Hay Public Library

A special storytime session with some of Wales’ finest librarians. Join BookTrust Cymru to share and celebrate some of the titles shortlisted for the new BookTrust Storytime Prize (Best Book for Sharing), as well as some of our favourite bilingual Bookstart books. This is a bilingual session in English and Welsh – suitable for Welsh learners.

Family – 0–4
Free – drop in
The Booktrust Storytelling Event

Event W45

Cookery Workshop 14

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
Sold out
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Event W46

Foraged Art Workshop 11

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
Sold out
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Foraged Art Workshop 11

Event HD25

Cerrie Burnell

The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

Venue: Starlight Stage

Celebrated children’s author and former CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell presents her magical novel The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth. Meet Minnow, a seafaring girl with an incredible underwater ability, who goes on a journey from Brighton to Iceland to Barbados with her friend Raife on a mission to rescue her mother. Follow the call of the wild deep and be immersed in an event with mermaids, sharks and a magical mystery to be solved. Cerrie will share fascinating shark facts, reveal her top storytelling tips, and inspire children to go on their own creative writing adventures.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event W48

Cookery Workshop 15

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
Sold out
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Event W49

Foraged Art Workshop 12

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 12

Event W50

Radio Production Workshop 6

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 HD26

Jeremy Strong

Armadillo and Hare

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join cardigan-wearing Armadillo and tuba-playing Hare along with their bestselling creator Jeremy Strong as they ponder the meaning of life and cheese sandwiches! Jeremy will be talking about his inspiration for this new collection of funny tales, and the generally strange life of the writer.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD27

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Barry the Fish with Fingers

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet for a brand new singing-and-prancing show. Supertato and Barry the Fish with Fingers are back and this time they are joined by new friends, Cake and Snowball. Find out more about their fun-filled stories in this mad-capped interactive and veg-tastic event.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD28

Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Venue: Cube

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
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Discover Story Building

Event W52

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 HD29

Reimagined Fairytales with Jessie Burton

The Restless Girls

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Think you know all about fairytales ? Think again! Join bestselling author Jessie Burton as she discusses The Restless Girls: the "wild, wise, generous" and "ferocious" retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s The Twelve Dancing Princesses with Claire Armitstead from the Guardian. Imagine a fairytale that doesn't need a dashing prince to save the day. A dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale for the modern world, The Restless Girls is a timeless story of family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD30

Ali Sparkes

Nightwalker

Venue: Starlight Stage

How did you sleep last night? Not well if you’re a Night Speaker, cursed with insomnia but also gifted with the power to speak any language – human or animal. Or maybe you chose to stay awake because, like self-styled vampire Spin, the shadows are the only place you’re safe… Join Ali Sparkes for a journey through the midnight world of Nightwalker Spin and his strange love-hate relationship with the Night Speakers. Be ready to supply sound effects, get hypnotised, shout fabulous foreign words… and find out what it’s really like to be destroyed by daylight

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD31

Discover Story Building

Perfectly Norman

Venue: Cube

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) to explore picture book Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival. In this interactive event children will hear all about Norman, a boy with an extraordinary secret. Explore why Norman feels the way he does, and reflect on what makes us all unique. The event includes a craft activity for each child to complete and take home.

4–7
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Event W53

HCA Illustration Workshop 1

Working with Nature

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration students to create exciting and inventive images based on the natural world. Explore ideas about the world around us, and how we can share these with everyone else who inhabits this planet, including animals, insects, plants and sea life. Have fun making 2D and 3D creations using a wide variety of materials.

6–8
Parents must attend but don’t require a ticket
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Event HD32

Onjali Q Raúf, Sita Brahmachari and Emma Taylor

Refugees: Realities and representations

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join authors Onjali Q Raúf, Sita Brahmachari and Emma Taylor from Book Aid International as they discuss the realities of refugees’ experiences and how they’re represented in literature. From general ideas like kindness and friendliness, to more practical advice like raising money and which donated household goods refugee camps are most in need of. Chaired by Farrah Serroukh, who leads the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s Reflecting Realities research project.

9+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD33

Discover Story Building

Bear Hunt

Venue: Cube

Join Story Builders from Discover Children’s Story Centre (discover.org.uk) as they swish-swash, splash-splosh, squelch-squerch, stumble-trip and tiptoe their way through this classic adventure from Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Help celebrate the 30th year of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in this interactive storytelling event.

0–3 – older siblings welcome
30 mins
Price: £7.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
Discover Story Building

Event W55

HCA Illustration Workshop 2

Working with Nature

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with Hereford College of Arts BA (Hons) Illustration students to create exciting and inventive images based on the natural world. Explore ideas about the world around us, and how we can share these with everyone else who inhabits this planet, including animals, insects, plants and sea life. Have fun making 2D and 3D creations using a wide variety of materials.

9-11
Parents may attend but don’t require a ticket
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