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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Family

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S1 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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RSPB CYMRU WORKSHOPS

Minibeast Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event W81 Venue: RSPB Stand

Ready for an adventure? Grab your nets and pots and come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding under the leaves, logs and in the long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a colour collage.

Family event
Price: £5.30
 
 

BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure with Emma Beynon

Event W7 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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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W9 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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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S2 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
Drop In

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S3 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
Drop In

Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury

The Giant Jumperee

Event HD22 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury

Join two award-winning icons in the world of picture-books as they discuss creating The Giant Jumperee, their first collaboration. And take a look at Oxenbury’s drawing in a short video of her at work in her studio. Chaired by Children’s Director Julia Eccleshare.

9–adult
Price: £7.30
 
 

RSPB CYMRU WORKSHOPS

Minibeast Safari and Treasure Hunt

Event W82 Venue: RSPB Stand

Ready for an adventure? Grab your nets and pots and come on a safari into the wild garden to find what creatures are hiding under the leaves, logs and in the long grass. Along the way you’ll discover the many shades of colours that nature takes, as you collect natural treasures and create a colour collage.

Family event
Price: £5.30
 
 

BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure with Emma Beynon

Event W17 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 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
Drop in

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W19 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 critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S4 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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Screenprinting with Sunny Todd Prints

Event W20 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Learn how to silk-screen print with locally based and internationally acclaimed textile designers Sunny and Emma Todd. Their bold, graphic artwork is stocked in Liberty, Heal’s, Le Bon Marché, Amara and Anthropologie. Sunny is also a textiles lecturer at Hereford College of Arts. Create your own one-off stencil and screenprint it onto a canvas bag for you to take away (Fairtrade and UK-produced).

Age 8-11
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W21 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 take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3-7
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W23 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 take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 8-11
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W26 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 take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 12 +
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BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure with Emma Beynon

Event W28 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).

Drop In

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S5 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
Drop in

HAYDAYS World of Food

Event W32 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 4-7
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Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W33 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 4-7
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HAYDAYS World of Food

Event W34 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 8-11
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Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W36 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 8-11
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HAYDAYS World of Food

Event W37 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 12+
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Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W38 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 12+
Sold Out
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BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure with Emma Beynon

Event W39 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).

Drop In

HAYDAYS World of Food

Event W41 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
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