Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

We deeply regret that Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Event HF111

Dennis the Menace with Steven Butler

Venue: Good Energy Stage
Read more
Becoming the master of menacing is not easy. If you want to learn the rules, join the author of the hilarious Diary of Dennis the Menace series for a sneak peek into the mischievous life of the naughtiest boy in The Beano (and therefore the World’s wildest boy!). Expect lots of fun and games and maybe even a prank or two!
7+ years
This event has taken place
Dennis the Menace with Steven Butler

Event W26

Drawing the Head

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
Read more

In this portrait class, students will be encouraged to experiment with various drawing mediums, using colour and line to explore different ways of depicting depth and shade. There will be an emphasis on looking in detail at the individual, the peculiarities and structure of the head, discovering what makes a drawing a portrait.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

This event has taken place
Drawing the Head

Event HF113

Emma Dodd

The Entertainer

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
Read more
A hilarious session about an entertainer whose bear impression is just a little too convincing... The award-winning author-illustrator starts by reading her unbearably funny tale before bringing the story to life with a live drawing session.
4+ years
This event has taken place
Emma Dodd

Event HF112

Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Venue: Starlight Stage
Read more
Hop along to this charming interactive puppet show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. See Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and help him on his journey, and meet the mischievous rabbit in person!
3+ years
This event has taken place
Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Event W75

Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Drop-in Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
Read more

Create, decorate and launch your own rocket, aided by the AstroCymru groundcrew and University of South Wales Astronomers. See if you can achieve a Low Earth or Geosynchronous Orbit.  The sky is your limit!

4+ years
This event has taken place
Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Event W44

Wildlife Photography

RSPB Workshop With Natasha Jenkins of Photo Junior

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Read more

Young wildlife photographer in the making? Take our photography challenge – discover what lives in the Hay Festival garden and get creative! Learn new skills and discover nature with Photo Junior and RSPB Cymru. 

4–12 years

Photo: Mike Rawlings

This event has taken place
Wildlife Photography

Event 290

Chris Laoutaris

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to The Globe

Venue: Telegraph Stage
Read more

In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare… Who was the woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare’s life? Never far from controversy when she was alive – she sparked numerous riots and indulged in acts of bribery, breaking-and-entering, and kidnapping – Elizabeth Russell has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would be the making of Shakespeare as we all know him today.

This event has taken place
Chris Laoutaris

Event 291

Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

A People-Powered Economy

Venue: Oxfam Moot
Read more

What is causing the logjam between central economic policy-makers and the energy of local economic activists? Stormy with a sunny local banking outlook – the economic forecast with the New Weather Institute. New Economic Foundation fellows and authors Andrew Simms and David Boyle discuss with Green MP Caroline Lucas.

This event has taken place
Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Caroline Lucas

Event 292

Peter Korn

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters

Venue: Good Energy Stage
Read more

An introspective and revealing look at the nature of the creative process. This is not a ‘how to’ book in any sense: Peter Korn wants to get at the ‘why’ of craft in particular and the satisfactions of creative work in general to understand their essential nature. Korn is a furniture-maker and is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship.

This event has taken place
Peter Korn

Event 293

Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Thing

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
Read more

Every year the Next Big Thing session at Hay profiles some of the most extraordinary and visionary research work being adventured in the UK. From brain imaging to materials discovery, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work in cutting edge science with broadcaster Claudia Hammond.

This event has taken place
Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

Event 294

Front Row

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
Read more

BBC Radio 4’s daily arts programme Front Row will be discussing the future of publishing with authors, critics and industry insiders as they grapple with the creative and economic challenges of the digital world. Presented by Samira Ahmed.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 every day at 7.15pm–7.45pm. This programme will be broadcast on Friday 29 May at 7.15pm.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
This event has taken place
Front Row

Event HF114

Che Golden

Meadow Vale Ponies

Venue: Starlight Stage
Read more
Horse-mad author Che Golden is here to tell you all about the Meadow Vale ponies and how Mulberry is based on a very special pony, which she owns herself. Find out all about Che’s real life horse and pony adventures and how they inspired this series in a talk jam-packed with horsey facts and fun.
7+ years
This event has taken place
Che Golden

Event HF115

Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
Read more
Meet Max the Brave, a funny and loveable new character from acclaimed author and illustrator Ed Vere. Join Ed as he tells you about Max’s adventures and teaches you how to draw Max as well as some of his other characters.
4+ years
This event has taken place
Ed Vere

Event HF156

Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Venue: Tata Tent
Read more

Enter the magical mind of the bestselling author, whose recent books include the highly-acclaimed The Sleeper and the Spindle and Fortunately, the Milk. Find out where his genius ideas spring from and how he writes his books. From fairy tale twists to alien abductions over milk, there is a whole world to explore. He will be joined by Chris Riddell and his magical pens for some live drawing and book banter.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site.

8+ years
This event has taken place
Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Event W45

Wildlife Photography

RSPB Workshop With Natasha Jenkins of Photo Junior

Venue: Scribblers Hut
Read more

Young wildlife photographer in the making? Take our photography challenge – discover what lives in the Hay Festival garden and get creative! Learn new skills and discover nature with Photo Junior and RSPB Cymru. 

4–12 years

Photo: Mike Rawlings

This event has taken place
Wildlife Photography

Event W27

Drawing the Unexpected

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
Read more

Expect the unexpected! With a focus on Welsh culture and landscape, this drawing course uses unusual props and models to inspire you, opening up the imaginative mind and enlivening our drawing practice. With particular reference to artists Maggie Hambling, Thomas Bewick and Samuel Palmer.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

This event has taken place

Event 295

Ben and David Crystal

The Shakespeare Dictionary

Venue: Tata Tent
Read more

Shakespeare is the best and most creative writer of the English language of all time. He deploys the widest and most thrilling vocabulary, drawing on classical and biblical scholarship and the keenest ear for human speech ever bent. And where the words he needed didn’t exist, he invented them. The classical actor and his father, the great Linguistics professor, entertain us with the most vital language ever used.

This event has taken place
Ben and David Crystal

Event 296

Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

Venue: Telegraph Stage
Read more

The trailblazing economist, author of The Carbon Crunch, shows the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress to be false. He explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure and value ‘natural capital’ from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth.

This event has taken place
Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

Event 297

Ben Okri, Marcus du Sautoy and Elleke Boehmer

Narrative and Proof

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
Read more

How does narrative shape the sciences and the arts? Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, is joined by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, in conversation with novelist and academic Elleke Boehmer.

This event has taken place
Ben Okri, Marcus du Sautoy and Elleke Boehmer

Event 298

James Clackson

Cambridge University Series 14: Migration and Language: Ancient Perspectives

Venue: Good Energy Stage
Read more

What can we learn from the ancient Romans and Greeks about the impact of migration on language? And how is this relevant to contemporary concerns about immigration and language change?

This event has taken place
James Clackson

Explore All Genres