WELCOME TO HAY

The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 26 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Event S10

Ghastly Gorgons and Gorgeous Goddesses with Wilf Merttens, Readathon storyteller

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Have you ever wanted to control the weather like the Greek god Zeus or turn someone to stone like the snake-headed monster Medusa? Take part in your own Greek Myth with Readathon storyteller Wilf Merttens and make your own mask to become a powerful god, goddess, or a fantastical monster, in one of the earliest and most enduring tales ever told. Dressing-up optional. Merttens has won many awards including Young Storyteller of the Year. As well as entertaining children in hospital with Readathon, he tells tall tales at folk clubs and festivals across the UK.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Event W59

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 14+
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Event 332

James Holland

The War in the West, Volume 2

Venue: Tata Tent

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941–1943: Hitler’s invasion of Russia; America’s entry into the conflict; the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany; the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic.

Price: £7.30
 
 
James Holland

Event 333

Janina Ramirez

Julian of Norwich

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Julian of Norwich was the subject of medievalist and TV historian Janina Ramirez’s latest BBC Four documentary: In Search of the Lost Manuscript, Julian of Norwich. Drawing on the material in her latest book, Ramirez takes us further into the history of the Mother of English Literature, discussing what we know about Julian and why she deserves to be seen as a writer on an equal footing with Chaucer or Thomas More. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Janina Ramirez

Event 334

Peter Dunne

The 50 Things: Lessons for When You Feel Lost, Love Dad

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

As his 50th birthday dawned, Peter Dunne set out to leave a trail of metaphorical breadcrumbs for his three children, so that if they ever needed to know what their father might have had to say they would have him to hand: from compromise to compassion, and democracy to sacrifice, Dunne explores the social mores and morality of our time and tries to answer the eternal questions that line the path to peace of mind. He talks to John Mitchinson.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 335

Hugh Warwick

Linescapes: Remapping and Reconnecting Britain’s Fragmented Wildlife

Venue: Good Energy Stage

It is rare to find a landscape untouched by our lines – the hedges, walls, ditches and dykes built to enclose and separate; and the green lanes, roads, canals, railways and power lines, designed to connect. This vast network of lines has transformed our landscape.

In Linescapes, Hugh Warwick unravels the far-reaching ecological consequences of the lines we have drawn. As our lives and our land have been fenced in and threaded together, so wildlife habitats have been cut into ever smaller, and increasingly unviable, fragments. He talks to Oliver Balch author of Under the Tump.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Hugh Warwick

Event 336

Dan Evans, Esther Muddiman, Stuart Fox and Sioned Pearce

Mind the Gap: Young People, Brexit and the Generational Divide - Cardiff University Series 5

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The result of the 2016 EU referendum revealed striking divisions between generations, with a majority of 18-24-year-olds voting to remain, and a majority of over-65s voting to leave. How can we connect the generations? The panellists are all research associates at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods in Cardiff.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event HD75

Kimberly Wyatt

Billie’s Big Audition

Venue: Cube

Welcome to the World Elite Dance Academy. Billie has dreamed of being a dancer for as long as she can remember. Now she has an audition at WEDA, a world-famous contemporary dance school, but will she be able to get over her nerves and win a place at her dream school? Join superstar Kimberly Wyatt as she dances you through her brand-new series and always remember…be you, be fearless, be authentic.

6+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Event HD76

Build your own Quantum Computer

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join the Qubit Ninja team for a 90-minute workshop where you will learn about the incredible world of quantum computers. The University of Oxford team will introduce you to mysterious quantum phenomena – including qubits, superposition and entanglement – and then let you loose with your own quantum circuitry to try it out for yourself.

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Family and 14+
1.5 hours
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Event S11

Tell A Hay Tale with Jen Lunn, Readathon storyteller

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Are you a wicked witch or wizard in a magic castle, or a superhero with a secret plan to save the Universe? Let your imagination run wild to conjure up your own characters and help to create a unique Hay Tale. Led by Readathon storyteller Jen Lunn, this session will tell you about the ancient art of this oral tradition, and you can unleash your own storytelling powers. Lunn works with Readathon storytelling in hospitals and schools and has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create professional performances, podcasts and digital books.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Event W60

HAYDAYS World of Food

Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Young Adult
Price: £15.30
 
 

Event DT27

Ticket to Dine

Dinner - Early Sitting

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant

Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us. 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as like from all the dishes on offer for just £20, by booking online you will received a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. By booking online you will guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.

A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neil's Yard Creamery are also available to buy, as well as a full bar and baristas coffees.

See a Sample Menu Here

If you have any dietary requirements please state these in the notes at the Checkout stage.
Price: £20.00
 
 

Event 338

Adam Henson

Like Farmer, Like Son

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The Countryfile star and visionary farmer explores his bond with his life-long hero: his father, Joe. In the 1940s and ’50s Joe, the son of stage and film star Leslie Henson, chose a completely different path and decided to pursue a career as a farmer. Joe overcame a serious stammer to become a regular broadcaster on Country Matters. He became the saviour of Britain’s rare breeds and opened the world’s first Farm Park.

Price: £10.30
 
 
Adam Henson

Event 339

Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Event 340

Alexander Betts talks to Amol Rajan

Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Betts and his co-author Paul Collier suggest how international policymakers can deliver humane, sustainable results that are better for refugees and host countries. Drawing upon years of research in the field and original solutions that have already been successfully trialled, they outline a compelling vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies and even rebuild their countries of origin. Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Refugee Studies Centre.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Event 341

Edward Bulmer

Watching Paint Dry: A Masterclass in Colour

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

As one of the country’s leading architectural historians and interior designers, Edward Bulmer has been involved in the restoration and redecoration of numerous historic buildings including Goodwood and Althorp. With this experience he has created a range of Natural Paints that are also historically authentic and accurate.  As an artist, he has developed this range using just 12 natural pigments used by artists for centuries. This delivers incredible depth of colour and a high-quality finish. It also allows buildings to breathe and our own air to be toxin-free. He talks to Giles Kime, Interiors editor of Country Life.

Price: £8.30
 
 
Edward Bulmer

Event 343

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Art in the Time of Colony

Venue: Starlight Stage

How does an artist and academic build a museum in a book? Reading from her books Art in the Time of Colony and The Importance of Being Anachronistic, the Birmingham Professor of Global Art discusses the process of writing the poetic and personal into her histories of art.

Price: £7.30
 
 
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Event HD77

Juno Dawson

Venue: Cube

Join the author for a discussion of her new book, Margot and Me, a tender cross-generation story of the unexpected truth that a girl uncovers about her grandmother, when she reads the diary of her life during the War.

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12+
Price: £5.30
 
 
Juno Dawson

Event 344

Ken Dodd

The Ken Dodd Happiness Show

Venue: Tata Tent

Ken Dodd is a comedian of legendary status; an icon and national treasure who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter.  He returns to the festival for a 30th anniversary celebration show.

Come and be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs presented by a comedy genius. 

Enjoy a fun-filled variety show for all the family, with non-stop gags and a selection of songs in Ken Dodd's unique Happiness Show.

Price: £22.30
 
 
Ken Dodd

Event 345

Jerry Brotton

Reformations 14: Shakespeare

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.  

Price: £7.30
 
 
Jerry Brotton

Event 346

Rachel Dowse talks to Jane Davidson

Starling Song: Murmurations of Meaning

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The 2017 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture

Often overlooked, taken for granted and sometimes even shooed away from our bird tables, the common starling is, as Rachel Dowse shows in this illustrated talk, a beautiful and inspiring bird with a long cultural and linguistic heritage. From Aristotle and Pliny, to Mozart and the Mabinogion and Peter Coates and Robert Macfarlane, the starling has inspired writers, musicians, and scientists.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 347

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

In Concert: Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hay regular George Monbiot and the folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan join their considerable forces for an evening that plays with songs and the human stories that inspired them. Mining the themes of loneliness and social isolation and the ways people overcome them, the interplay of words and music is poignant and encouraging.

Price: £10.30
 
 
George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

Event 349

John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing will Transform the World

Venue: Starlight Stage

Genome editing has already been used clinically to treat AIDS patients by genetically modifying their white blood cells to be resistant to HIV. In agriculture, genome editing can be used to engineer species with increased food output, resistance to pests, drought and harsh environments. But these powerful new techniques also raise important ethical dilemmas. To what extent should parents be able to manipulate the genetics of their offspring? Can we effectively weigh up the risks from introducing synthetic life forms into complex ecosystems? Parrington is an Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Oxford.

Price: £6.30
 
 
John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

Event 350

Erika Rackley

Who Our Judges Are and Why it Matters

Venue: Cube

Who were these Supreme Court judges who might thwart ‘the will of the people’?  What were their backgrounds, their politics?  In response, there came a reassuring message: the job of judges is simply to apply the law made by our elected Parliament.  But this reassurance is based on an understanding of judging that is at best only half true; it does sometimes matter who our judges are. Rackley is Professor of Law at University of Birmingham.

Price: £7.30
 
 

Event 351

Emmy the Great, Ina Shai and Simeon Hammond Dallas

The Canopy Festival

Venue: Oxfam Moot

An evening of live music, spoken word and poetry inspired by trees and woods, culminating in a live performance by the sublime, magically engineered folk-mixer Emmy the Great, with a VJ set of woods/trees with visuals from a host of contemporary visual artists.

Price: £7.30