HAYDAYS

HAYDAYS is our programme for children and young people.

Are you curious, adventurous, dreamy, imaginative and ready to have fun? Do you like listening, talking, making and sticking, animating or cooking? And, of course, reading? The HAYDAYS programme is packed with events designed to celebrate the creativity that can make all of that happen.

Girls in Hay Festival Bookshop

At HAYDAYS you’ll have the chance to make a magical connection with authors, illustrators, artists, and performers of all kinds. You may learn their secrets; you’ll certainly be able to share some of your own.

HAYDAYS brings together favourite authors and illustrators including Jacqueline Wilson, Chris Riddell, Patrick Ness, Cressida Cowell, Julia Donaldson, Pamela Butchart, Francesca Simon, Juno Dawson, Brian Conaghan, Bali Rai, Peadar O'Guili, Nick Sharratt and Lucy Worsley. It also gives you the chance to meet new authors and illustrators such as MG Leonard, Alwyn Hamilton and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, whose wonderful books are waiting to be discovered.

Whatever the story and whatever way you like to enjoy it, you’ll find it at HAYDAYS.

Books and signings by all the children's and Young Adult authors on the programme will be available at the Hay Festival Bookshop on site.

You can explore the programme and book your tickets for HAYDAYS here.

Most of our HAYDAYS events take place in the Starlight Stage and The Cube venues. There are also a bunch of lovely extras, including:

Make and Take

An opportunity to get crafting, from 10am to 5pm every day. Get messy and creative: your imagination is the limit! Free drop in. See what we get up to here!

The Mess Tent

A lovely, messy space for learning new things. HAYDAYS World Food Kitchen and the Flying Potter take over the MESS TENT this year offering young people the chance to cook and taste foods from around the world and create their own beautiful pottery. Requires booking, please see our box office.

Scribblers Hut

The Scribblers Hut offers young people workshops across the creative spectrum. Requires booking - please click here to browse and buy tickets.

HAYDAYS Workshops

HAYDAYS includes a wide range of workshops for all ages and abilities. With sessions including dance with Rambert, drawing and creative writing, this dazzling array will have you spoilt for choice! Workshops are available for all ages in pottery, song-writing, screen-printing and animation. Requires booking - please click here to browse and buy tickets.

The Storytelling Nook

Head over to the Storytelling Nook for stories, workshops and readings from authors and artists from around the world. Free drop in and free events, some of which require booking, please click to view the programme.

Hay Festival Compass

Hay Festival Compass is a space to learn, be inspired and discover for older teenagers and students. For imaginative learning resources, internships and free access to some of the world’s best speakers, join us on-site and online. Watch the HAY LEVELS, find out more about the HAY ACADEMY and about prospective universities or degree subjects from academics, admissions tutors and students from Hay Festival partnership Universities. Free drop in.

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To find out more, join our writers’ mailing list, or submit – please email compass@hayfestival.com.

Follow #Compass for programme and updates on writing for young adults. This is where you will find reading recommendations and the latest award-winning writers. And why not follow us on Twitter @hayfestival #HAYYA?

Activities in the Make and Take tent
Patrick Ness on stage at Hay Festival
Girls in Hay Festival Bookshop