2016 tickets available now

box office: 01497 822 629

We are pleased to announce our full programme.
Our HAYDAYS programme for families and children can be viewed here.
Some events are likely to sell out quickly so please book now.
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Trevithel Court Farm

Farm Visit

Event HF124 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

Join local agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson as they explore farms in the local area. Expedition parties meet at 9am at the box office on the day of their excursion, to return at around 1pm. Limited numbers of self-drive tickets are available too, please contact the box office on 01497 822 629 for more information. On the day please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing in case of inclement weather.

Walk through David and Catherine James’s orchards, see how the trees are managed and sample the cider. Look inside the beehives, and learn how honey is made. An extensive range of farm machinery will be laid out for inspection.

With thanks to David and Catherine James of Trevithel Court Farm.
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Jeremy Knight

CADW: The Three Castles Tour

Event 885 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

The three castles of Grosmont, Skenfrith and White are a fascinating trio of historic sites. Join the author of CADW’s official guidebook to these border castles, for a memorable day out.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Stephen Marsh Smith

River Walk 2

Event 886 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

Join the Wye & Usk Foundation trip around the Wye and its tributaries near Hay to see the rare and unusual creatures that live in the river, and to see what progress is being made to restore the run of salmon.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Daniel Swift

Bomber County

Event 247 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Searching for his grandfather, the author examines the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry.
 
Read a review of Bomber County www.guardian.co.uk/books/
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Edward Docx and Rahul Bhattacharya talk to Anita Sethi

Fictions: Hearts of Darkness

Event 248 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Docx's scientist finds extremes of love and horror deep in the South American jungle in his novel The Devil's Garden. In Bhattacharya's The Sly Company of People Who Care an Indian journalist ventures into the dark rainforest interior of Guyana.
The Devil's Garden - Edward Docx
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Andrew Simms, Caroline Lucas and Charlie McConnell

Is Small Still Beautiful?

Event 249 Venue: Oxfam Stage

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of EF Schumacher, author of the landmark book Small Is Beautiful, Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party, is joined by Andrew Simms, author and Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation) and Charlie McConnell, director of Schumacher College, to ask if the message of the book is more relevant today than ever. With a personal message from Schumacher’s former colleague George McRobie. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
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Milling Around Talgarth

Event 887 Venue: Meet at Box Office

A linear 8-mile walk across the tops of the Black Mountains to visit a restored flour mill and water wheel in the heart of Talgarth.
 
Bus provided for return.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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The King James Bible and Other Treasures

Event 888 Venue: Meet at Box Office for bus

A trip to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth to see their first edition King James Authorised Version Bible and a wealth of other unique highlights of the collection in this exclusive guided tour hosted by senior curators.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing. Please bring packed lunches.
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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H.

Event HF68 Venue: Starlight Stage

Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble! Come and hear how to write creep crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in the future.
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Event HF156 Venue: Mess Tent

Join us in making mouth-watering Strawberry Shortcake with Cream, delicious! 

Duration 60 mins. 

5–9 years. Children must be accompanied.
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Flat Stanley

Event HF69 Venue: The Hexagon

One day Stanley wakes up as flat as a pancake, but why worry? He can fly like a kite! Join us to hear his story and make your very own Flat Stanley to pop in the post.
 
5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
 
See event [HF65]
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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Event HF67 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Hop along to this charming storytelling show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey.
 
3–5 years
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Dan Cruickshank

The Country House Revealed

Event 250 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The scholar and broadcaster examines the nation’s most spectacular piles in A Secret History of the British Ancestral Home. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
The Secret History of Georgian London - Dan Cruickshank
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Justin Lewis

Cardiff Series 3: Climate Change and the Media

Event 251 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

How have the media informed – or failed to inform – our understanding of climate change? Ranging from news coverage of the environment to the role of advertising in shaping a consumer culture. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
More about Prof. Justin Lewis' research www.cardiff.ac.uk
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival
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David Acheson

Mathematics, Magic and the Electric Guitar

Event 252 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

Why are so many people scared of maths? It’s full of wonderful surprises that anyone can enjoy, from mind-reading tricks with the number 1089 to helping to play the electric guitar.
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Simon Garfield

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Event 253 Venue: Oxfam Stage

About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, and about Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.
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Nominet Trust

Tech Session

Event T56 Venue: Scribblers Hut

How can you help and support people to get online? Let Internet Buttons show you how! An interactive workshop exploring new ways to get online, and help others discover the internet.
 
hf2 for teens
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Andy Briggs

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

Event HF71 Venue: Starlight Stage

With the blessing of the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, comes a Tarzan for the 21st century. The author of Villain.net talks warring guerrillas, poaching, illegal logging and the environment, before putting your survival knowledge to the test.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Easy Peasy Cookery School

Workshop

Event HF158 Venue: Mess Tent

Join us in making freshly baked herby flowerpot bread.

Duration 60 mins. 

5–9 years. Children must be accompanied.
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Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Event HF70 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Have fun with The World’s Greatest Portrait Painter and Dinosaur Drawer! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5–80+ Rib Ticklers
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