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The Hay Festival – Top Five Family Things To Do

CHildren at Hay

After the festival was first established in 1987, Hay Festival has grown to become an inspiring event for families with talks, workshops and mountains of books on offer. The town of Hay-on-Wye is a book lover’s haven and our selection of cottages offer a cosy retreat after a culture filled day of exploring. To celebrate 30 years of the festival here is our pick of the best family events!

For a touch of magic…Morgan & West’s Magic Show

An entertaining show from the time travelling duo Morgan & West presenting a ‘death-defying, mind-frying, spirit-lifting’ magic extravaganza. The show features a mix of magic, illusion and plenty of tomfoolery, promising fun for all the family!

For budding writers… BIG Hay Festival Creative Writing Adventure

The Hay Festival aims to inspire young minds with a series of creative writing workshops. Spend an afternoon creating a collaborative poem whilst exploring creative writing techniques and learning to build your very own story with writer Emma Beynon.

For budding chefs… HAYDAYS World of Food

Learn about food from across the globe whilst cooking some tasty international dishes. Explore different culture with recipes from across the world in the Academy Kitchen, and then tuck into your homemade lunch!

For nature lovers…RSPB Minibeast Safari and Treasure Hunt

Combine your love of nature with some adventure at this fun, interactive workshop where you can find what creatures are hiding under leaves and logs! Explore the local wildlife whilst collecting natural treasures and creating a colourful collage.

For a big adventure…The Famous Five at 75

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Enid Blyton’s beloved The Famous Five with a big adventure in the Brecon Beacons! Join Timmy the dog, Julian, Dick, Anne and George as they follow clues to solve a mystery with this immersive theatre show for all the family.

For those a little older check out Hay Festival Compass to inspire and discover learning resources, internships, writing techniques and University degree subjects. Any budding journalists can write about their experiences for the Hay Compass Blog – follow #Compass for updates throughout the festival.

Have a look at the full HAYDAYS programme of family events.

CHildren at Hay