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 HD94

Ben Garrod

So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs?

Venue: Compass

Ben Garrod’s new books are is great fun and informative. Looking at  Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus and Triceratops, Garrod uses the most modern and interesting science to reveal amazing discoveries about the best known dinosaur species. 

Dr Ben Garrod is an evolutionary biologist. He is a teaching fellow at Anglia Ruskin University and broadcasts regularly on TV and radio. He is patron of NatSCA, a trustee of the Jane Goodall Institute, ambassador for The Wildlife Trusts, the Marine Conservation Society and Bristol Museum.

6+
Price: £5.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W89

Laura Carlin

A World of Your Own

Venue: Scribblers Hut

 If you were creating a world of your own, what would it look like? Would you build your house out of brick – or out of jelly? Would it be on the ground or in a tree? Would your shops sell envelopes and sweets – or shoes for superheroes? Would you ride a train to town, or a dinosaur? Come and work with this illustrator to create your very own extraordinary world.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-7
Price: £8.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W90

Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6
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Rooted Forest School

Event W92

Destino Dance Company

Ethio-Contemporary and African Dance Workshop

Venue: Hay Primary School Hall

The Destino Dance Company, who have performed at Sadlers Wells, aim to promote Ethiopian traditional dance and culture by merging it with contemporary and West African dance. This unique blend allows us to share the richness of African dance and culture. These sessions are recommended for anyone who loves dancing regardless of age, gender or ability.

Hay Primary School, Oxford Rd, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BT

11-16
2 hours
Price: £15.00
 
 

Event HD72

Ali Sparkes

Night Speakers

Venue: Good Energy Stage

What keeps you awake at night? It's probably not an inter-dimensional beam messing with your mind at exactly 1.34am every 24 hours. The writer investigates the night-time world of three kids who just can't sleep. Expect interactive comedy, weird sleep facts and a bit of hypnotism from the creator of the Shapeshifter series.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD73

Nick Crumpton

The Amazing Animal Atlas

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

From the mangroves of Florida to the peaks of the Himalayas, animals are found just about everywhere, so come and join the zoologist and writer as he takes us on a voyage around Planet Earth in search of some of our world’s weirdest, and most recently discovered, animals.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W94

Laura Carlin Workshop

A World of our Own

Venue: Scribblers Hut

If you were creating a world of your own, what would it look like? Would you build your house out of brick – or out of jelly? Would it be on the ground or in a tree? Would your shops sell envelopes and sweets – or shoes for superheroes? Would you ride a train to town, or a dinosaur?

Come and work with this illustrator to create your very own extraordinary world.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6
Price: £8.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W95

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-8
Price: £10.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets
Rooted Forest School

Event HD74

Patrick Ness

Release

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls talks about how his new novel, Release, was inspired partly by his childhood experiences. It follows a day in the life of gay teen Adam as he negotiates family, friends and relationships, in a world that might just be about to end. Join Patrick as he discusses his books and his screenplays with Jenny Valentine and Hay Festival Youth Council members Jamie Daly and Sam Mackley.

14+
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD75

Janina Ramirez

Riddle of the Runes

Venue: Starlight Stage

Be immersed in a world of riddles, runes and revenge with the Viking expert and children’s author who will introduce you to the fearless shield maiden Alva, reveal fascinating facts about the Vikings, and will need your help to solve a mysterious crime in the fjords of Kilsgard.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W97

David Reutter and Jamie Vicary

Build your own quantum computer

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Enter the Qubit Zone for a workshop where you will learn about the incredible world of quantum computers, and even build your own.  The team from the University of Birmingham and University of Oxford will give an accessible introduction to mysterious quantum phenomena, including qubits, superposition and entanglement, and then let you loose with your own quantum circuitry to try it all out for yourself.

14+
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Event W99

Rooted Forest School

Craft and Fire Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11
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Event W100

Steven Camden Writing Workshop

Venue: Cube

Steven aka Polarbear is one of the UK’s most acclaimed spoken-word artists and has performed around the world. Join him for a messy making up session, get a glimpse into his creative process and his thirst for collaboration as you grow characters and build worlds together, using your own life and imagination.

11-14
2 hours
Price: £15.00
 
 

Event HD76

Riverside Performing Arts

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Venue: Starlight Stage

Plop is a baby barn owl. He is the same as every baby barn owl that has ever been – except for one thing…he is afraid of the dark. Riverside Performing Arts, who brought you Elmer, presents Jill Tomlinson's classic tale, illustrated by Paul Howard. Filled with song, puppetry, dance and laughter, this touching story is beautifully adapted for the stage. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark encourages children to be conquerors, is guaranteed to raise a smile, and will calm the biggest fears.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W104

Rooted Forest School

Fire and Cooking Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6 years
Price: £10.00
 
 
Rooted Forest School

Event HD77

Sarah Crossan, Patrick Ness, Alex Wheatle

'The Bookseller' YA Book Prize Panel

Venue: Starlight Stage

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the authors of Moonrise, Release, and Straight Outta Crongton as they discuss pushing the boundaries of YA fiction. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust.

14+
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD78

Dave Evans

Designing Your Life

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Whether we’re 20, 40 or 60, many of us are still looking for an answer to the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?". The Silicon Valley design innovator and Co-Director of the Stanford Life Design Lab uses his expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it. This simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools such as re-framing, prototyping and ideation to build a life that works for you.

YA - Adult
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event HD79

Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett

Triangle and Square

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the New York Times duo as they conspire again on two slyly funny tales about some creative shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humour, these thoughtful offerings about different shapes from two of today's most irreverent picture-book creators emphasize the importance of keeping your eyes and your mind open to wonder, where others see only rubble and rocks.

6+
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD80

Sarah McIntyre

Bunnies v Dinosaurs

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the writer-illustrator in the worlds she has created, populated entirely by animals. Explore her two new picture-books: hop along to meet The New Neighbours and find out how a hopeful young Diplodocus becomes Dinoville’s hero in Dinosaur Firefighters. Stories and drawing in this interactive session for families.

3+
Price: £6.00
 
 
Sarah McIntyre

Event W112

Rooted Forest School

Craft Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

4-6 years
Price: £10.00
 
 
Rooted Forest School

Event W110

Splatch

Circus Workshops

Venue: Cube

Roll up, roll up...run away with the circus at Hay Festival. Join two fantastic performers from Splatch, a community-driven company from Cardiff. They will be teaching hula hoop, juggling, tightwire and acrobatics. Get physical and have fun at this workshop.

(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)

6-10 years
Price: £9.00
 
 
Last few remaining tickets

Event W111

Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

University of Worcester Illustration Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join the illustrators in a printmaking workshop and have a go at creating characters through rubber and foam stamping techniques.

(parents may attend but do not require a ticket)

9-11 years
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Tobias Hickey and Stephen Fowler

Event HD81

Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join Waterstones' Children’s Laureate as she introduces a storytelling event and talks about the inspiration for her latest picture-book. Learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling, led by Devon Black. Lauren will read from the book and answer questions.

3+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD82

Nicola Davies

The First Book of the Sea

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join the author of The First Book of Nature and The First Book of Animals as she introduces a collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. Feel what it is like to swim with dolphins and flying fish, pore over rock-pools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins. With exquisite watercolour illustrations from Emily Sutton, the book captures the excitement of a child's first glimpse of the sea, the majesty of ancient trading ships and the wonder of the humpback whale.

6+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W115

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent

Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
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