The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.
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The breakfast programme for Wales with news, interviews, sport, weather and travel information. Presented by Mai Davies, Felicity Evans and Oliver Hides. Broadcast live Monday to Friday, 6am–9am, and Saturdays, 7.30am–9am.
Agronomist Jonathon Harrington and vet Barney Sampson lead a visit to Andrew and Rachel Giles’ farm, which has a herd of 350 spring calving dairy cows. Enter the milking parlour and help to milk some of the cows, as well as see the young calves. Watch how the cows are fed and learn how their four stomachs enable them to digest grass. Samples of whole milk and other dairy products will be provided for tasting and a cheese maker will demonstrate their craft. Also see events 135, 230, 276, 322
A minimum age of 8 years is required to take part in this expedition.This is a visit to a real working farm and is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about food and farming. Families are welcome, children must be supervised at all times. Coaches will return to the festival site in time for events starting at 1pm.
Tour led by archaeologist Will Davies of Cadw.
Sharky and George are the top party people for children. The main idea behind any Sharky and George party is to ensure that all of the children are involved in all of the active, imaginative and energetic games all of the time. Their book, Don't You Dare, is a collection of all their best games, pranks, general mayhem and mischief!
George says: 'The dull thing about Sharky is that he's really called Charlie. More interestingly, he drives a very cool old MG, loves dogs, eats a lot, broke a world record, is an amazing skier, terrible singer and dances like a hero. Sharky is Global Head of Fun at S&G and knows everything about games, sweets and toys.'
Sharky says: 'George's first car was a taxi, his first house was a boat and his first award at school was for being a 'jolly good egg'. He also knows a lot about frogs. George makes sure only the funniest games are played, the best pranks are performed and the silliest hair styles are worn at all the S&G parties.
The radio panel game of literary correctness in which James Walton is joined by regular captains Sebastian Faulks and John Walsh for the literary quiz with a twist. Guests include Sue Limb and Russell Davies.Broadcast Sundays from 5 October, 11.30am–12 midday
12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
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We are proud to launch Barbara Winton’s book about her father, the 105-year-old British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Chaired by Alan Yentob.
The independent discovery of evolution by natural selection by Darwin and Wallace is one of the most famous episodes in the history of science. Wallace’s story has been told many times in recent years, but almost always by amateurs rather than historians. Alarmingly, almost everything you have heard about Wallace is wrong. The image of a cheated working-class hero whitewashed from history by the patrician Darwin and his establishment supporters may be irresistible, but it is also pure myth.
The illustrator and writer explains the language of architecture in churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. He introduces the basic ‘grammar’ of churches: elevation, plan, fronts, vaults and towers and the ‘vocabulary’ of styles in chronological order, from ancient Saxon churches to modern cathedrals.
The Trans-Siberian stretches nearly 6,000 miles between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast. It was the most ambitious railway project of the C19th. It is intimately involved with Russian and Soviet history. And it reminds travellers of the vastness of our world and hints at the hardships that were endured in its construction. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.
The vintage-style homeware entrepreneur, Alastair Sawday of the eponymous 'special places to stay' enterprise, and the Women in Rural Enterprise boss give expert advice about the challenges and opportunities of setting up in business with the magazine’s editor. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.
In light of the First Minister for Wales’s call for UK-wide constitutional conventions, how does the Scottish independence vote, whether yes or no, affect the people of Wales?
Tour led by archaeologist Will Davies of Cadw.
Find out how to get the sounds you want and learn how to create the right effects for musical styles.
Becoming the master of menacing is not easy. If you want to learn the rules join Steven Butler, author of brand new book series Diary of Dennis the Menace, for a sneak peek into the mischievous life of the naughtiest boy in The Beano. Expect lots of fun and games and maybe even a prank or two!
Have fun with Topsy and Tim as they leap from book to screen! Join your favourite twins for a tip-top storytelling, games and activity session.
In just over three generations, we have consumed approximately half the useful oil that it took photosynthesis around two million years to produce. In two generations we have used around half our useful uranium resources. We are faced with an urgent choice, the roots of which lie in 1905 with the discovery of Einstein’s ‘other’ equation, E = hf. This little-known equation, which began the quantum revolution, could hold the key to our future survival through the generation of electricity from sunlight.
Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love
Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behaviour. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try?
Consider a world where gold is worthless, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted?
Backing innovation and creating opportunity. Chris Peel is the Managing Director of ReHab Jobfit.
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Find out how the rhythm section works together, with techniques and tips in a hands-on session.