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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Children 3+ years

Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Event HD5 Venue: Tata Tent

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

3+
Price: £8.30
 
 

Animation Time Machine!

Event W1 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and Hereford College of Arts to create and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 3–7
2 hours
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W2 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or to take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3–7
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Axel Scheffler

Posy and Pip: The New Friend

Event HD14 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Axel Scheffler

Pip and Posy are the best of friends – most of the time. And they are always having adventures. Axel Scheffler, illustrator of Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, introduces his delightful new series about the dramas of toddler life. Join him for stories, drawing and the opportunity to meet two very special surprise guests.

3+
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Ben Cort

Aliens Love Underpants

Event HD19 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Ben Cort

Aliens, dinosaurs, monsters, pirates – everyone loves underpants. Join the illustrator who helped to create Aliens Love Underpants and celebrate its tenth anniversary. Watch as Ben brings the aliens to life in this interactive event suitable for all the family. And catch a special guest appearance from somewhere far away. Alien fans can come dressed in their favourite alien outfit or in funny pants.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Animation Time Machine!

Event W11 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Leave your mark and help re-animate a classic short film. Join Dan Brown and Nick Brown from MASH Cinema and HCA to colour and collage your own frames, and see the new film take shape over the weekend. Completed animation will be available on the Hay Festival website.

Age 3-7
2 hours
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The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W12 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3-7
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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy’s Gold

Event HD23 Venue: Starlight Stage

The ever-popular Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in now deep in the desert on a mission to return a sack of stolen Egyptian gold back to its rightful owner. Join the writer for a musical, storytelling journey. There are mummies, pharaohs and a live performance of songs from the Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

Perfect

Event HD26 Venue: Cube

Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

Author and zoologist Nicola Davies and illustrator/artist Cathy Fisher introduce swifts – amazing birds that sleep and eat on the wing and never stop flying. Learn how to look out for them, listen for their cries and how to tell if they might be nesting where you live. Help Cathy draw a swift, see how she made the stunning artwork for Perfect, and listen to a story about how swifts helped a boy to understand his new baby sister.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W19 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critter’s colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

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Oliver Jeffers

Event HD31 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Oliver Jeffers

Award-winner Jeffers returns to Hay Festival to entertain his many fans with stories and live drawing from his recent titles including A Child of Books, as well as giving an insight into his future titles. A  Child of Books is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Fiction Award.

3+
Price: £8.30
 
 

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop

Event W21 Venue: Mess Tent

Get seriously messy with Jon Williams from Herefordshire’s Eastnor Pottery. You will see pottery demonstrations and  create your own sculptural masterpieces to add to our forest critters’ colony or take home...or both. One thing’s for sure...mud will fly!

Age 3-7
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Charlotte and Adam Guillain

Muffins for Mummies

Event HD35 Venue: Cube

Charlotte and Adam Guillain

Brave explorer George has packed 25 muffins for his night-time adventure in the museum to catch the fabled thief. Can he and his faithful puppy Trixie track down the criminal without getting squashed by the great big mammoth? With storytelling and funny songs, the authors bring the entertaining adventure to life.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Ed Vere

Grumpy Frog

Event HD45 Venue: Cube

Ed Vere

Do you sometimes feel grumpy? Do you wish every day was your birthday? Join the author and illustrator of Grumpy Frog for a fantastic interactive event with storytelling and live drawing. 

3+
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S5 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

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HAYDAYS World of Food

Event W32 Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy, using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 4-7
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Hereford College of Arts:  Illustration Workshops

Event W33 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Come and work with Hereford College of Arts students of illustration to create exciting and inventive images. Be prepared to explore ideas beyond your imagination.

Age 4-7
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Jonny Lambert

Tiger Tiger

Event HD50 Venue: Cube

In celebration of Little Tiger Press’ 30th birthday, illustrator and paper engineer Jonny Lambert demonstrates how he creates his amazing animals. Join his workshop as he talks about Tiger Tiger and the art of illustration and storytelling. Discover the art of creating a character with the Tiger Tiger mural and create a mini 3D tiger cut-out to take home.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 

Rob Biddulph

Sunk!

Event HD55 Venue: Starlight Stage

Rob Biddulph

Penguin and his friends from Blown Away are back in a new adventure, and this time they’re pirates. While sailing the seven seas in search of treasure, Captain Blue and his friends are unexpectedly sunk. But with a shipwreck to explore and a mysterious stranger on a desert island to meet, they might still find some treasure after all. Join Rob Biddulph for story-telling and drawing.

3+
Price: £5.30
 
 

HAYDAYS World of Food

Event W43 Venue: Mess Tent

Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your tastebuds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!

Age 4–7
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Jemma Westing: Out of the Box

Event W42 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jemma Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. Her new book, Out of the Box, is packed full of amazing things to make from recycled cardboard. Join her to make and decorate your own cardboard-tube owl.

Age 7-12
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Emma Lewis: The Museum of Me

Event W47 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Work with this award-winning illustrator to make your own ‘Museums of Me’ to show what’s important to you or what you’re interested in, using collage, cut paper and other materials. The Museum of Me is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Opera Prima Award.

Age 4-7
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Science of Solar Workshop

Event W51 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

So many things we take for granted, such as having access to basic services like electricity, remain a significant challenge for millions of people in today’s developing world. Come and find out how solar power works and can provide clean, reliable energy around the world.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S6 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S7 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
Drop in