WELCOME TO HAY

Welcome to our HAYDAYS programme full of exciting events for children and young families. We look forward to seeing you in May.

You can view the main programme here.

Event HD1

BEBRAS Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge is designed to engage students in tasks that are fun and based on problems that computer scientists often meet and enjoy solving. They can be solved without prior knowledge but do require logical thinking. At Hay you can meet the BEBRAS team and see how well you do. Please bring your own laptop if you can.

Age 14-16
Price: £8.30
 
 

Event HD2

BEBRAS Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut

The UK BEBRAS Computational Thinking Challenge is designed to engage students in tasks that are fun and based on problems that computer scientists often meet and enjoy solving. They can be solved without prior knowledge but do require logical thinking. At Hay you can meet the BEBRAS team and see how well you do. Please bring your own laptop if you can.

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Age 16-18
Price: £8.30
 
 

Event HD5

Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Venue: Tata Tent

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

3+
Price: £8.30
 
 

Event HD6

Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+
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Event HD7

Pamela Butchart

There’s a Werewolf in my Tent!

Venue: Starlight Stage

Pamela Butchart will delight her listeners as she also scares the living daylights out of them in this hilarious story of a school camping trip with a difference. Watch out for a special surprise appearance.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Pamela Butchart

Event HD8

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff

Traitor to the Throne and Nanodel

Venue: Cube

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff have both recently completed their second titles in powerful trilogies set in richly imagined worlds. Join the authors as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating whole new worlds and the people who live in them. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

11+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event W1

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 3–7
2 hours
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Event S1

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Event W2

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3–7
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Event HD9

Dick Vs Dom

Venue: Tata Tent
Dick and Dom are coming back to Hay, and will be having a riot on stage with their new show Dick vs Dom where
they split the crowd in half and everyone play games against one another in the audience and on stage. It’s either that or everyone will just sit in silence and have 45 mins quiet reading time together...
6+
Price: £9.30
 
 
Dick Vs Dom

Event HD10

William Grill and Katherine Rundell

The Wolves of Currumpaw and The Wolf Wilder

Venue: Starlight Stage

Wolves are the stuff of children’s fiction. Join award-winning illustrator William Grill and author Katherine Rundell as they discuss their respective books and the enduring fictional appeal of wolves. The Wolves of Currumpaw is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Non-Fiction Award.

9+
Katherine Rundell is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD11

Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Venue: Cube

Invention is at the heart of the adventures of Rosie Revere, Ada Twist and Iggy Peck. Andrea

Beaty’s stories of engineer Rosie, scientist Ada and architect Iggy show that anyone can be whatever they want to be if they are curious and apply themselves.

6+
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Andrea Beaty

Event W3

Seed your ideas with Emma Beynon

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Creative writing sessions with activities to help your stories grow. Come and explore your creativity with Emma, she has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Age 6-8
2 hours
Free but ticketed
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Event W4

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 8–11
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Event W5

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 8–11
2 hours
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Event HD12

Nick Sharratt

The Cat and the King

Venue: Starlight Stage

Nick Sharratt introduces his new illustrated story in which a cat and the King must find a new home after an unfortunate incident in which their castle is burnt down by a dragon. Nick will live-draw his new characters, talk about his picture books and discuss his life as an author and illustrator.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event W6

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure... mud will fly!

Age 12+
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Event HD13

Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+
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Event HD14

Axel Scheffler

Posy and Pip: The New Friend

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Pip and Posy are the best of friends – most of the time. And they are always having adventures. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, introduces his delightful new series about the dramas of toddler life. Join him for stories, drawing and the opportunity to meet two very special surprise guests.

3+
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Axel Scheffler

Event HD15

Tanya Landman

Beyond the Wall

Venue: Cube

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for Buffalo Soldier, the story of a female African-American slave fighting in the Civil War, Landman’s latest title is Beyond the Wall, about a Roman slave girl, and she has also written The Goldsmith’s Daughter. In all of her books, she draws on the lives of characters whose lives have been hidden in the past. Join her as she discusses uncovering the truth about these hidden stories with Jonathan Douglas.

Price: £5.30
 
 

Event W7

BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure with Emma Beynon

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Drop in writing sessions to create a collaborative poem, with different themes every day. Come and explore your creativity with Emma Beynon, who has a wealth of experience running creative writing workshops and has an infectious approach to building a story. Emma is currently writing a novel based on her sailing adventures in Svalbard and her educational writing includes Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Family event
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Event W8

Animation Time Machine!

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 12+
2 hours
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Event W9

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure... mud will fly!

Family event
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Event HD16

Horatio Clare

Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

Venue: Cube

More adventures for Aubrey, a small boy who can talk to animals, in this author’s new title. Now shrunk to the size of an earwig, Aubrey is helping the insects to save the world from starvation and supporting a newly arrived Ladybird family to overcome hostility from the local inhabitants. Join Horatio Clare as he discusses his fantastic new story about the world of Aubrey and his epic adventure of love, travel and insects with Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

9+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Horatio Clare

Event HD17

Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen

Venue: Starlight Stage

Michael Rosen discusses different journeys through life with writers whose stories have been selected for the Hay Aarhus 39 anthologies QUEST and ODYSSEY: stories of journeys from around Europe. Selected by three of Europe’s top authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – some of the best emerging writers for young people from across wider Europe have contributed to the collections. Rosen will talk to Dy Plambeck and Sanne Munk Jensen from Denmark and Sandrine Kao from France. The event will explore how stories can bring people together through shared experiences.

11+
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Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen