Adoptive Family Day

We believe all families should have the opportunity to enjoy Hay Festival. In a new initiative to further that goal, in 2019 Hay Festival partnered with The Family Place to offer adoptive families a chance to visit the site with extra support to make their trips as carefree as possible.

Children in Make and Take Tent at Hay Festival

With the support of HSBC-UK, eight adoptive families enjoyed a free day trip to Hay Festival 2019. Each family had the chance to watch and meet the internationally acclaimed authors and illustrators behind some of today's most loved books for young people. Plus they were able to enjoy the Festival's multiple family areas, from the Make & Take Tent to the Wild Garden, food hall and bookshop, with specialist staff in place to ensure the trip was inspiring for children and adults.

Everyone received a book token to use in the Hay Festival bookshop. Sir Robert Winston joined the families for a celebration lunch where gave every child a copy of his latest book Ask a Scientist – and he signed the children's books and answered their questions. What could be better?

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