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.

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Schools Choir Event

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join us in this uplifting schools choir event. Choir leader Fiona Evans has been working with hundreds of local primary school pupils to create this fantastic concert where the children invite you to Imagine the World through song.

Family
There will be a collection for the charity Send My Friend to School (www.sendmyfriend.org) at the end of the performance
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Schools Choir Event

Event HD2

David Walliams

Ten years of Glorious Stories

Venue: Tata Tent

Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams has seen ten years of global success as a children’s author. Hear about the inspiration for his best-loved characters, listen to him read excerpts from some of his books and get the chance to put your questions directly to him. David will be discussing his writing with Gemma Cairney.

6+
There will be a limited number of pre-signed books available in the Festival bookshop
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Julia Green and Natasha Farrant

Adventure Fiction

Venue: Starlight Stage

The authors of To the End of the World and The Children of Castle of Rock discuss the great tradition of adventure stories and the delights of writing modern tales to add to it with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

9+
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Rachel Bright

The Squirrels who Squabbled

Venue: Compass

Join the author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could for a fun-filled event packed with stories, drawing and games. Hear the tale of The Squirrels who Squabbled – a tale of two greedy mammals who must learn to share – before learning how to draw one of the iconic animal characters from Rachel’s books, illustrated by the talented Jim Field.

4 - 8
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Event W4

CATion Outreach Presents

Science Inklings Workshops

Venue: Mess Tent

Come to our extraordinary hand-writing workshop. Learn all there is to know about the science behind ink and quills, make your own colours from vegetables, follow the trail of ink on paper with chromatography and lose yourself in the realm of optical illusions and STEM.

Family
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Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode, projecting your monsters all over the Festival site, and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Event W5

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.

4-6
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Event W2

Stemettes

Hack the Web

Venue: Cube

Come and 'hack the web' with Stemettes. Ever wondered what your favourite website would look like if you had control? Have you ever thought you have a better idea? Come and learn the basics of HTML coding – we’ll be ‘hacking’ our favourite websites – legally.  Stemettes app 'OtotheB'.

11-13
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Event HD4

Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The winner of the 2017 Hay Festival Medal for Fiction returns to launch the paperback of her new book. Best known for her world-conquering How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida will talk about her inspiration, give tips on becoming an author or illustrator, and share amazing behind-the-scenes details about how the Dragon books became films. Cressida has been an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for a decade and The Wizards of Once won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story this year.

9+
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Event HD5

Andy Stanton

Going to the Volcano

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the one and (thankfully) only, irrepressibly silly author in an event for younger readers and their families. He reads from Danny McGee Drinks the Sea and previews his latest picture-book, Going to the Volcano, featuring Jane-o, Dwayne-o, a Great Dane-o, a train-o… and, of course, a VOLCANO! Colourful, loud, energetic and hilarious – and that’s just Andy Stanton. Come along for an unforgettable journey and enjoy the fun. You’ll erupt with laughter.

3+
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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.

6-8
Parents must attend but do not require a ticket
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Rooted Forest School

Event W8

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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Event W7

Stemettes

Hack the Web

Venue: Cube

Come and 'hack the web' with Stemettes. Ever wondered what your favourite website would look like if you had control? Have you ever thought you have a better idea? Come and learn the basics of HTML coding -– we’ll be ‘hacking’ our favourite websites – legally.  Stemettes app 'OtotheB'.

14-16
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Event HD6

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano

Illegal

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Join the authors and illustrator behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels as they present their new book Illegal and take you on an epic and heart-breaking journey across continents. Hear how their graphic novel came to be, the real-life stories behind the headlines and what it takes to make a graphic novel.

9+
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Event HD98

Clara Vulliamy

Dotty Detective

Venue: Starlight Stage
Come and meet the author and illustrator of the Dotty Detective series. Dot and her best friend Beans love cracking codes, poring over puzzles and solving mysteries. Hear all about them in this fun session, and you might pick up some top detective tips to take home, too.
6+
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Event W9

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 HD8

David Almond

The Colour of the Sun

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Join the author of Skellig in conversation with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust as he introduces his moving, funny and magical new novel,The Colour of the Sun.“The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free.”One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

12+
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David Almond

Event W11

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

14-16
90 mins
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Event W12

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
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Rooted Forest School

Event HD9

Andy Stanton

'Natboff!' and the madcap world of Mr Gum

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join the ridiculously funny writer for an hour of joyous nonsense as he talks about the amazingly successful Mr Gum series, as well as his new book, Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity, which is just as epically surreal as it sounds. There’ll be plenty of laughter, silly voices and horrible, horrible singing – in short, business as usual. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or add an extra one if you were already smiling to begin with.)

9+
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Event HD10

Gemma Cairney and Jenny Valentine

Ask Us Anything

Venue: Starlight Stage

The authors of Open Your Heart and Finding Violet Park, both teen ambassadors, will explore how important it is to talk, with expert advice from Hay Festival Youth Council members Gemma Elgar and Ceri-Anne Gatehouse. Gemma, Jenny, Gemma and Ceri-Anne will be here to discuss everything from self-expression to how to love your body, your friends and your family, with help and advice for times when things feel like they are going wrong.

14+
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Event HD11

Rob Biddulph

Dinosaur Juniors: Happy Hatchday

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Join the author and illustrator for a dinosaur event with a difference. Hear Rob talk about how he became a children’s author and illustrator, listen to him read from his latest book and take part in creating some dinosaurs of your own.

3+
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Event HD12

Josh Lacey and Garry Parsons

The Dragonsitter

Venue: Starlight Stage

What does it take to be a Dragonsitter? Could you be one? This is your opportunity to find out. Join the author and illustrator to learn about The Dragonsitter series in a fun-filled event packed full of storytelling and live-drawing.

6+
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Event W20

CATion Outreach Presents

Science Inklings Workshops

Venue: Mess Tent

Come to our extraordinary hand-writing workshop. Learn all there is to know about the science behind ink and quills, make your own colours from vegetables, follow the trail of ink on paper with chromatography and lose yourself in the realm of optical illusions and STEM.

Family
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Event W19

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.

11-14
90 mins
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