Hay Festival 2020 Earlybirds

We are delighted to announce our earlybird tickets for events in 2020. We are particularly excited to be hosting Shakespeare's Globe on Tour. Please be aware that tickets for these events are extremely limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We will be adding many more events over the coming months, please ensure you and your friends are signed up to our newsletter so we can keep you informed every time we release tickets.

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Event HF182

Helen Stephens

The Big Adventure Of The Smalls

Venue: The Moot
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Join this inspirational illustrator for an imaginative flight of fancy around Small Hall with bannister sliding, secret passageways and chandelier swinging.
 
5-7 years
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Event HF129

Louise Yates

Dog Loves Drawing

Venue: The Hexagon
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We adored Dog Loves Books and now he's back with his Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning creator, making his own stories.
 
5-7 years.
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Event HF127

Nick Crane

Barefoot Books World Atlas

Venue: Big Tent
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Join this cartographer, explorer, writer and television presenter as he introduces us to a whole new way of looking at the world.
 
Families.  9+ years
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Event HF128

Susie Day

Pea’s Book of Best Friends

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meet sisters Clover, Pea and Tinkerbell. They’re beans-on-toast, hand-me-down-wellies sort of girls and you’ll love them. A charming, fresh new series for the summer hols.
 
8+ years
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Event 526

The Outer Town

Venue: Meet at Hay TIC
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A short walk heading out towards Cusop, and back along the Wye taking in places and people of interest. Easy flat walk, no stiles. Can be muddy
 
Walks organised by Haywalkingfestival.co.uk
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Event 533

The Princes Drawing School

Venue: The Summer House
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Come to the Pop Up Studio and learn how to look and to draw with the only art school dedicated to drawing from observation. Spend a morning drawing and change the way you see! Suitable for all ages and abilities. No equipment required.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event 377

Max Hastings, Peter Oborne, Simon Schama, Val McDermid, Kate Williams and Emily Perkins talk to Jon Gower

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 4

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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The panelists discuss two more of the questions from the Festival's big silver jubilee project.
 
Are you happy? -- If yes, why? If not, is there something you can do about it?
What piece of writing has most changed your heart and mind?
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Event 378

Ian Kershaw

The End – Hitler’s Germany, 1944-45

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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What made Germany keep fighting when defeat was inevitable? In the end the regime had to be stamped out town by town with a level of brutality almost without precedent. The historian raises the most profound questions about the nature of the Second World War, about the Third Reich and about how ordinary people behave in extreme circumstances.
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Event 379

Edward Davey, Tony Cocker and Jane Davidson

The Future of Energy Series 1 - Low Carbon and Economic Growth

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Is it possible to have economic growth within a low carbon economy? The Secretary of State, E-ON CEO and INSPIRE Director discuss the opportunities and threats facing us as we face a changing energy world.
 
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Event 380

Harriett Gilbert hosts Margaret Busby, Bernardine Evaristo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, David Howell and the winners

Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Venue: Digital Stage
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We are delighted to host for the first time the announcement of the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and the Short Story Prize. The judges will be talking about the process and the winning writers will be in conversation with Harriett Gilbert. The multiple prize winning Nigerian author and the Minister of State for the Commonwealth will present the awards.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event T32

Cool Fossil Music Foundation

Rhythm Guitar Techniques

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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Learn how to lock-in with the rhythm section.
 
Duration 60 mins.  14+ years
 
Each young person attending this workshop must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org AND bring a copy on the day.
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Event T33

Epiphany Films

Film Workshop

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
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From story-boarding to shooting, get to grips with film production.
 
14+ years
 
Each young person attending this workshop must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org AND bring a copy on the day.
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Event HF133

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Venue: The Mess Tent
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The fantastic team behind Local to Ludlow return to Hay with their mobile culinary school. Using locally sourced ingredients they teach children how to cook delicious snacks from scratch.
 
Duration 60 mins.   5-9 years
 
No adult ticket required, but children must be accompanied for this cookery session.
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Event HF183

Helen Stephens

The Big Adventure Of The Smalls

Venue: The Moot
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Join this inspirational illustrator for an imaginative flight of fancy around Small Hall with bannister sliding, secret passageways and chandelier swinging.
 
5-7 years
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Event HF130

Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Venue: Big Tent
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Laugh your tights off with the wickedly fabulous creator of Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging, as Tallulah Casey and her mates return for a new term at Dother Hall Performing Arts College. Chaired by Paul Blezard
 
12+ years
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Event HF132

Louise Yates

Dog Loves Drawing

Venue: The Hexagon
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We adored Dog Loves Books and now he’s back with his Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning creator, making his own stories.
 
5-7 years.
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Event HF131

Paul Howard

Bugville

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Hear about the epic endeavours of superheroes/bugs, Superfly and Midge, as they battle Electro Slug and his repulsive sidekick, Loo. They have devilish plans and outrageous disguises. Don’t forget your cape.
 
7+ years
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Event 381

Max Hastings

All Hell Let Loose - The World at War 1939-1945

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
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In this magnificent war history the author emphasises the Russian front, where more than 90% of all German soldiers who perished met their fate. He suggests that the Royal Navy and US Navy were their countries’ outstanding fighting services, while the industrial contribution of the United States was much more important to Allied victory than that of the US Army.
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Event 382

Ben Okri

Wild

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road presents his first book of poems for 13 years. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
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Event 383

Matt Pritchett

Matt

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Telegraph’s superstar cartoonist on drawing, humour and satire.
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