Hot Lists Thursday, May 25th , pictures by: Banner pic: Louis Briscese

Hay Festival half term guide for kids (and their tireless parents)

Hot Lists Thursday, May 25th

Hay Festival half term guide for kids (and their tireless parents)

This is the Hay Festival guide for those parents, grandparents or godparents who are heading up the babysitting duties over half term, but have already endured one too many renditions of the Peppa Pig theme tune.

It's a day-by-day walkthrough of some of the best workshops and interactive talks geared at kids during Hay Festival 2017. For each listing, we've added a corresponding event for adults running at the same time if you, or your significant other, want to slip away for some grown-up time.


Saturday, May 27

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Dick vs Dom (6+)

What: TV's favourite cheeky chappies - basically Ant & Dec for the under-16s - bring their antics on the road for an interative live show that sees them challenge each other, as well as the audience, in a series of games.

Where: Tata tent, 11.30am.

Tickets: £9.30, here.

And for the adults... One of the first 'drop-in' sessions, head across to the Compass venue to ask one of France's top academics - Rahaf Harfoush - anything you want about tech, innovation and digital culture.


Sunday, May 28

Robert Winston Landscape

My Amazing Body Machine - Robert Winston (9+)

What: The Professor himself, Robert Winston, on how many bones you have in your head and other werid and wonderful facts about how these bodies of ours work. A must-see for mini-doctors and scientists out there.

Where: Tata tent, 11.30am.

Tickets: £5.30, here.

And for the adults... Just across the way at the Oxfam Moot, you can learn more about what happens inside that head. Neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow will blow your grey matter with her insight in to in, and in to how to increase consciousness.


Monday, May 29

The Flying Potter: Pottery Workshop (12+ - classes for other ages throughout the day)

What: Get your hands dirty with Eastnor Pottery's Jon Williams and have a go at sculpting a mini-masterpiece.

Where: Mess tent, 1.30pm.

Tickets: here.

And for the adults... Peek behind the curtain and in to the world of spin doctors and #FakeNews with Saci Lloyd. Find out some of the techniques journalists use, as well your own media bias through an interactive quiz.

Tuesday, May 30

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Grumpy Frog - Ed Vere (3+)

What: An interactive, Frog-tastic morning of live-drawing and storytelling from Grumpy Frog creator Ed Vere. 'Do you wish every day was your birthday?' - yes, Ed, yes we do.

Where: Cube, 10am.

Tickets: £5.30, here.

And for the adults... Grab a coffee and join Marcus Brigstocke and he heads up a panel of funny people, sifting through the morning papers for the kind of comedic gems that only Fleet Street can provide in Early Edition: The News Review Revue.


Wednesday, May 31

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Farm Walk: Maesllwch Farm (8+)

What: Get out from under canvas for the morning, and wander round a dairy farm with farmers Andrew and Rachel Giles who will explain the miracle of turning grass in to milk - and even let you have a go at milking. A cheesemaker will also be on-hand to demonstrate the next stage of the process and give out a few tasters.

Where: Meet at the Box Office, 9am - 1pm.

Tickets: £13.30, here.

And for the adults... forget your wellies? Why not use this as a chance to treat yourself to a slap-up lunch a a complimentary glass of wine (or beer, or soft drink) at the festival's Relish Restaurant. Early Lunch starts at noon.


Thursday, June 1

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20 Years of Harry Potter Magic (9+)

What: Travel through a year at Hogwarts with Fleuble Laffalot, and take part in cornerstones at life at the wizarding school - including Quidditch and potions classes - in this interactive event.

Where: Oxfam Moot, 1pm.

Tickets: Here, may need to join waiting list.

And for the adults... Jeremy Bowen knows the Middle East better than you know the back of your hand. Hear his first-hand accounts from his time as the BBC's Man in Mosul (and Gaza, and Jerusalem).


Friday, June 2


Akala - Hip and Hop (3+)

What: Rapper, poet and modern-day street philosopher Akala proves there is nothing he can't do as he turns his writing hand to kids' stories, and specifically those of 'Hip' (a wise and cool hippo), and Hop (his best friend).

If you can't get a ticket, check out the author of the wildly-succesful Alex Rider series (James Bond for teenagers), who's on at the same time. 

Where: Cube, 2.30pm

TicketsHere, may need to join waiting list.

And for the adults... Jo Malone is an entrepreneur who went from a council estate to UK's Rich List. And she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 37. An interesting listen whether you're interested in women's beauty brands or not.


Saturday, June 3

Cowboy Pug - Laura James (6+)

What: Kids love cowboys, kids love pugs - it's no wonder Laura James' series turned in to a best-seller. The Cowboy and his lady are back for another adventure, read by the author. 

Where: Cube, 2.30pm

Tickets: £5.30, here.

And for the adults... With maybe the best talk title of the festival - 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race' with Renni Eddo-Lodge. The journalist turns a suitably uncomfortable eye on undoubtedly big subject.


Sunday, June 4


Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam - comic rhymes and illustrations

What: Bank robbers-turned-bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have a habit of falling into comical adventures. Step into their world courtesy of author/illustrator combo Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton. Expect rhymes. 

Where: Cube, 2.30pm

Tickets£5.30, here.

And for the adults... Not all 'free-thinking radicals' live in the woods and weave their own yoghurt. Raoul Martinez wrote one of the year's most provocative books, one which will have you questioning many on the central tenets of our society. Get woke.

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