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Hay Festival 2024

Escape the day-to-day at Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye 2024. Join us 23 May–2 June at our free-to-enter Festival site. Explore the full programme and book your individual events below. If you want to see the programme at a glance, please use our schedule view.

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ActivityMorning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

Event 264

Morning Yoga with Hay Yoga Collective

–  Creative Hub
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Start your day with an hour of yoga blending movement, mantra, meditation and breathwork. The classes support detoxification and regeneration – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our daily yoga classes are brought to you by a collective of ten highly skilled practitioners, all local to Hay-on-Wye. Each practitioner has their own style, but with all you can expect a mindful, student-focused practice with clear cueing and functional sequencing.

Whether you need grounding and recharging before a busy day at the Festival, an opportunity to stretch and move your body, or simply an hour to focus on your breathing, these classes are open and accessible to all. Practitioners will adapt to different levels of experience, providing options for deepening or softening within poses so that each student takes what they need from the practice. Beginners and experienced students are most welcome. Yoga mats are provided.

Please contact Clare Fry at hello@larchwoodstudio.com with any questions relating to these classes. As capacity is limited, we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and alert your practitioner at the start of class if you have any injuries.
Price: £12.00
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ActivityHay Castle Entry Ticket

Event HC15

Hay Castle Entry Ticket

–  Hay Castle
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A fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of this unique and historic building. Visit at a time of your choice during Castle opening hours.

Price: £5.00
ActivityBreakfast Tour with Tom True

Event HC16

Breakfast Tour with Tom True

–  Hay Castle
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Hay Castle’s executive director Tom True introduces the key moments and characters from the castle’s past followed by a continental breakfast.

Price: £20.00
ActivityLlwynberried Farm Walk

Event 265

Llwynberried Farm Walk

A Sustainable Future for Food Production

–  Meeting Place on Festival Site
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Helen and John Price and the next generation, Rhiannon and Humphrey Wells, open the gates to their farm for a visit led by agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson. This traditional family farm is adapting to meet the challenges of a new era to build a sustainable future for food production. Learn about the choices they face relating to soil and the environment, livestock and climate change, and their plans to be carbon negative within the next three to five years. See cattle and sheep and the crops that are grown to feed them, and taste beef from the farm served in bread rolls at the end of the visit.

With thanks to Helen & John Price and Rhiannon & Humphrey Wells for welcoming us to their farm.

Please wear walking boots or wellies and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather. These are visits to real working farms and are suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome but children must be supervised at all times. We regret we cannot accommodate dogs on this walk.
Price: £14.00
PanelHannah Critchlow, Danny Dorling, AC Grayling and guests

Event 266

Hannah Critchlow, Danny Dorling, AC Grayling and guests

The News Review

–  Global Stage
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Start your day at Hay Festival with our daily news review. Join our leading journalists and special guests as they take us behind the headlines with insider perspectives, insights and an eye on what’s next. Strong coffee recommended!

Among today’s guests are neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow, author of Joined-up Thinking, Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford and author of Shattered Nation and AC Grayling, philosopher and Master of the New College of the Humanities at Northeastern University, London.

Price: £13.00
PanelTayshan Hayden-Smith, Kate Humble, Megan McCubbin and Paul Whitehouse talk to René Olivieri

Event 267

Tayshan Hayden-Smith, Kate Humble, Megan McCubbin and Paul Whitehouse talk to René Olivieri

A Space For Everyone: Land and Nature

–  Discovery Stage
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How can we live the lives we want without despoiling the environment we hold so dear? How do we balance the competing demands of public access, farming and wildlife against the backdrop of the climate and nature crises?

Tayshan Hayden-Smith, former professional footballer turned guerrilla gardener, Kate Humble, farmer and TV presenter, Megan McCubbin, conservationist and wildlife presenter on BBC2’s Springwatch, and Paul Whitehouse, actor, writer and comedian, talk to the Chair of the National Trust, René Olivieri, about how we rediscover the power of connection with nature.

Price: £13.00
ConversationAK Blakemore

Event 268

AK Blakemore

The Glutton

–  Meadow Stage
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The 18th century is drawing to a close, unrest grips France and Sister Perpetue is guarding the patient known as the Glutton of Lyon. He has supposedly eaten all manner of creatures and objects, including a child. The now-frail man, whose real name is Tarare, was cast out and left for dead, igniting his ferocious appetite. His extraordinary abilities to eat made him a marvel throughout the land. AK Blakemore discusses her new novel The Glutton, which takes us to a world of tumult and depravity, wherein the hunger of one peasant is matched only by the insatiable demands of the people of France. Blakemore is author of The Manningtree Witches. Her writing has appeared in the London Review of Books and Poetry Review. Blakemore talks to the Monocle Radio Books Editor, Georgina Godwin.

Price: £11.00
ActivityWayfaring Walk: The National Park and its Five Missions

Event 269

Wayfaring Walk: The National Park and its Five Missions

Helen Lucocq and Nick Jones

–  Meeting Place on Festival Site
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Guides from the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park lead a walk through the beautiful surrounds of Hay-on-Wye. Local experts give their insights into this treasured landscape.

Hay-on-Wye is based within 520 square miles of beautiful landscape that makes up the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. The National Park is driving change to bring about a sustainable future, meeting our needs within planetary boundaries. Their Hay Festival series of walks take you into the town’s local environment while offering the opportunity to learn more about the Park’s work and its treasured landscape.

Please wear appropriate footwear and outdoor gear. We regret we cannot accommodate dogs on this walk.
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ConversationBBC Academy: The Traitors Uncloaked: Making a Hit Podcast

Event 439

BBC Academy: The Traitors Uncloaked: Making a Hit Podcast

–  Exchange Marquee
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Accompanying podcasts for big television series’ have become popular for those that want to delve deeper into their favourite shows. Here, the team behind The Traitors Uncloaked deliver a masterclass continuing the storytelling with podcasts.

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ConversationJoseph Coelho

Event F59

Joseph Coelho

UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate

–  Wye Stage
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Share dreams about possible impossibilities with Joseph Coelho, award-winning poet and author, in his final festival appearance as UK Waterstones Children’s Laureate. Joseph talks about how he has travelled all over the country (and beyond!) as the Children’s Laureate to inspire everyone in becoming poets and storytellers. Joseph’s poetry creates all sorts of other worlds, with wild ideas and unforgettable images. He shares tips for writing your own stories and performs some of his own humorous and inventive poems.

Please bring your own notebook and pen or pencil to this event.

7+ years
Price: £7.00
PerformanceMama G

Event F60

Mama G

The Magic Bookmark

–  Spring Stage
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Join “everyone’s favourite pantomime dame” (Metro), Mama G, on a magical panto adventure, as she tries to discover why inclusive stories are so important. All she needs is your help, and some of the best picture books on the market. Get ready for a morning of singing, dancing and laughing that the whole family will love. Oh yes, they will!

Family, 4+ years
Price: £7.00
WorkshopReady, Steady, Music! Workshop

Event W58

Ready, Steady, Music! Workshop

–  Creative Hub
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Get your Hay day off to a brilliant start with our daily Ready, Steady, Music workshops! With different activities each day, these interactive, fun-filled sessions for mini musicians will have you tapping sticks, roaring like dinosaurs, flying with unicorns, dancing with scarves, playing with parachutes and much more. Come and meet our puppets, explore our instruments and be accompanied by the beautiful sound of the cello.

0–4 years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
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WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W59

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £16.00
ActivityMake & Take Crafting

Event MT19

Make & Take Crafting

Friday Morning Session

–  Make & Take Hub
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An opportunity to get crafting! Activities differ every day, including everything from print-making to junk modelling with recycled materials. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit.

Book for the session and you can drop in at any point during the 1.5 hour duration. Accompanying adults: please stay in attendance at all times, but you do not require a ticket.

3–11 years
Price: £5.00
WorkshopPizza-making Workshop

Event W60

Pizza-making Workshop

Kitchen Garden Pizza

–  Family Garden
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Come to the Family Garden for a pizza masterclass with Kitchen Garden Pizza. In this one-hour session your imagination and creativity will be fed along with your belly! You’ll get your hands messy with freshly grown and foraged ingredients, make and top your own dough and observe the pizzaioli at work at the wood-fired oven. And while you wait for your pizza to cook, you can decorate your own pizza box!
Dairy-free and gluten-free options available.

4+ years
Parents/carers must attend but do not need a ticket.
Price: £16.00
WorkshopCrafting for Kids: Make a Shield

Event HC17

Crafting for Kids: Make a Shield

–  Hay Castle
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A fun drop-in session for families, inspired by the history of Hay Castle. Design and make your own shield.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities are aimed at children aged 4+ years, but younger siblings are very welcome.

4+ years
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ConversationJohn Bailey and Paul Whitehouse

Event 270

John Bailey and Paul Whitehouse

How We Fish

–  Global Stage
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Paul Whitehouse, comedian and co-star of the BBC’s Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, and John Bailey, fishing consultant on the show since it first aired, have been devout fishermen for longer than they care to remember. A hobby, pastime or sport (call it what you want), they have felt the pull of the water ever since they were kids and have never missed the chance to set up on the bank and try their luck. The two fishermen discuss the rich tapestry that is fishing – from mentors to memories; from philosophy to modern jargon; from watercraft to becoming self-styled ‘Fishing Detectives’. They share brilliant stories and recollections from fishing trips past, rich in the wonders of the riverbank.

Price: £13.00
ConversationCat Bohannon talks to Adam Rutherford

Event 271

Cat Bohannon talks to Adam Rutherford

Eve

–  Discovery Stage
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Cat Bohannon answers questions scientists should have been addressing for decades. With boundless curiosity, she examines the past 200 million years to explain the specific science behind the development of the female sex. Eve, her first book, is not only a sweeping revision of human history, it’s an urgent and necessary corrective for a world that has focused primarily on the male body for far too long. Bohannon’s findings will completely change what you think you know about evolution and why Homo sapiens have become such a successful and dominant species. She talks to scientist, writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.

Price: £13.00
ConversationGavin Bunting, Karen Morrow, Eurgain Powell, Jennifer Rudd and Stan Townsend

Event 272

Gavin Bunting, Karen Morrow, Eurgain Powell, Jennifer Rudd and Stan Townsend

Just Transition

–  Meadow Stage
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Our panel discusses Wales’ global responsibility to tackle climate change, the effects of climate change on Wales’ population and what Wales can do to reach net zero by 2035. The panellists are all drawn from a group commissioned by Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru. They share their evidence gathering processes, findings and draft pathways – probing questions will be welcome, as well as your opinions on the developed pathways.

Bunting is Professor of Civil Engineering, Morrow is Professor of Environmental Law and Rudd is Senior Lecturer in Business Innovation and Engagement, all at Swansea University. Powell is a Sustainable Development Programme Manager for Public Health Wales. Townsend is Secretary for the Wales Net Zero 2035 Challenge Group.

Price: £11.00
ConversationBBC Academy: Constructing the Tardis

Event 440

BBC Academy: Constructing the Tardis

–  Exchange Marquee
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Graham Webb helps run 4Wood TV & Film Constructions who build sets for some of the best-known TV shows. Graham shares the details of how set building, including constructing the new Tardis for Doctor Who, helps tell stories.

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