Make and Take

An opportunity to get crafting at Hay Festival. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit!

Father and children painting

The Make and Take Tent is a free, drop in venue at Hay Festival where families and children can hang out and take part in crafting and other messy, creative activities. 

Open throughout the festival, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 26 May to Saturday 2 June, and from 10am to 1pm on Sunday 3 June.

Younger children will love getting hands-on with paint, glue and paper, while older ones (and parents!) may appreciate a moment to sit down and read a book...

The Illustration Hot Desk, located in the Make and Take Tent, is a place where you can see wonderful illustrators such as Ed Vere, Sarah McIntyre, Laura Carlin, Nadia Shireen and Nick Sharratt at work and find out what it's like to be an illustrator. You can see who's in residence each day on the chalkboard outside the Make and Take Tent, and check it out on #hayillustrates.

Getting messy with paint at Hay Festival
Sarah McIntyre mans the illustration hot desk at Hay Festival