Hay Festival 2021 – Workshops

As part of our 2021 Festival programme, we invite you to get creative with some dynamic and interactive workshops. Imagine what it's like to be a hedgehog with The School of Life; work with students from Hereford College of Arts to create a book or an animation using recycled materials or enjoy a poetry show. You can learn to code with the University of Oxford or explore biodiversity with Head 4 Arts and WWF Cymru. These events are for children aged 4–11 and are free to watch again and again..

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

The School of Life

Nature and Me

Virtual venue: The Learning Stage
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Can you imagine what it might be like to be a hedgehog? This virtual event from The School of Life will show you how. Based on their new book Nature and Me, it’s an interactive meditation for children, demonstrating how you can use your imagination to relate to the natural world.

6 - 11 years

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

University of Oxford, Department of Computer Science

Learn to Code

Virtual venue: The Learning Stage
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Help Rory the Robot code a few shapes before moving on to create your own game. This workshop will give you a brief introduction to programming and lasts 20-30 minutes. You will need access to a tablet/computer and Wi-Fi.

Teaching materials for this event can be found here

9 -11 years

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Head4Arts

GWEITHDY YSGRIFENNU CREADIGOL - The Library of Life Creative Writing Workshop

Virtual venue: Lleoliad rhithwir - The Learning Stage
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At the rainbow’s end something terrible is happening to the extraordinary library that keeps the world in balance. Sections are shrinking, books are disappearing. Who is responsible and where will its tiny keeper find help?

Introducing a new illustrated book and resources to help you explore biodiversity and the climate crisis, with narration by naturalist Iolo Williams and illustrations by Andy O’Rourke.

Join Tamar Eluned Williams, the story’s creator, to devise your own character and continue the journey towards a better future.

Ar ddiwedd yr enfys, mae rhywbeth ofnadwy yn digwydd i'r llyfrgell ryfeddol sy'n cadw’r byd mewn balans. Mae adrannau'n mynd yn llai, mae llyfrau'n diflannu. Pwy sy'n gyfrifol, a lle fydd ei cheidwad bach yn dod o hyd i help?

Yn cyflwyno llyfr ac adnoddau darluniadol newydd i'ch helpu i archwilio bioamrywiaeth a'r argyfwng hinsawdd, gyda llais y naturiaethwr Iolo Williams a darluniau gan Andy O'Rourke.

Ymunwch â Tamar Eluned Williams, awdur y stori, i ddyfeisio eich cymeriad eich hun a pharhau â'r daith tuag at ddyfodol gwell.

4 - 11 years

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Hereford College of Arts

A Kid in My Class: Performance

Virtual venue: The Learning Stage
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Watch this new, dynamic, musical adaptation of Rachel Rooney’s poetry. The production is a unique collaboration between Performing Arts and Music and Art students at Hereford College of Arts, created especially for you to enjoy digitally at Hay Festival.

4-11 years

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Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Hereford College of Arts

Illustration and Animation Workshops

Virtual venue: The Learning Stage
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Join Hereford College of Arts illustration students in these fun and engaging activities that encourage creativity. You’ll recycle, re-use, and re-purpose materials you already have at home or in school to create books, animations and paper engineering items.

4-11 years

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