Welcome to the Haydays programme, we have lots of events for children and families to enjoy together, including more workshops than ever before. Children aged 11 or older may attend events or workshops on their own. Children aged 10 or younger must be accompanied by an adult (aged 16 or older) at all times, including during events. Adults will need to buy a ticket for children's events, unless otherwise stated. Babes in arms do not require tickets. We look forward to seeing you all at the festival.
Escape to the magical world of the Moomins and their friends as it is explored in this beautiful book, The World of Moominvalley. Join the author as he delves into the background to the classic Moomin stories and reveals the richly creative life of their author Tove Jansson. Moomin fans old and new will be entranced by the wealth of knowledge that this book adds to the familiar stories.
Introduced by Nat Jansz
In association with Oxfam
Rooted Forest School is running outdoor sessions for children and their families on Black Lion Green. The sessions explore our ancient relationship with fire and cooking, using traditional methods to heat food in the cold winter months. Children will have the opportunity to bake bread over the hot coals while listening to a traditional winter story. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
Ed Vere is an award-winning, best-selling writer and illustrator of picture books. He will be reading from Banana! , where you will discover that getting what you want can be tricky if you don’t ask in the right way, and also from Bedtime for Monsters, a very funny tale with a big twist.
Rooted Forest School is hosting a drop-in session for parents and families, based around play, exploration and engagement with nature. Join us to explore natural paint colours and build dens. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
This workshop introduces young people to micro:bits, which are very small computers. During the workshop participants will be creating interactive programs using the micro-controllers and external sensors. No need to bring any equipment. The workshop is run by Dr Emma Posey, Associate Producer of Air Lab and Teacher of Computing at Fairfield High School, with the help of students and ex-students of the school. Artist Paul Granjon performs with his robots and will co-lead this workshop. It is run in partnership with Fairfield High School and is part of Arts Alive Wales' Digital programme.
As the 2017 Arts Council of Wales International Fellow, the award-winning YA writer has been visiting our festivals around the world talking to teenagers in different cultures about their concerns and aspirations. In the first half of this session she discusses what’s she’s heard with the former principal of Hereford Sixth Form College, and a leading child psychiatrist. She will invite feedback from the students taking part in this year’s Beacons Project, and from members of the audience.
Rooted Forest School is running outdoor sessions for children and their families on Black Lion Green. The sessions will explore our ancient relationship with fire and cooking, using traditional methods to heat food in the cold winter months. Children will be given the opportunity to bake bread over the hot coals while listening to a traditional winter story. (rootedforestschool.co.uk)
Parents go free
Adam Frost, author of The Awesome Book of Animals, wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.
Workshops for children, along with their friends and families, make festive decorations with a focus on inventiveness and creativity. Bring your imagination!
A stand-up comedy show for children, their parents and anyone who likes laughter without the rude words. Hold on to your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for kids from the man who invented it. James’s show will find The Hilariously Funny Things about everything including pets, couscous, spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees and why we have hair.