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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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+
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Event HD71

David Long

Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Courageous Animals

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

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: Cube

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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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
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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+
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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. Chaired by Darren Chetty.

9+
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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

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