Happy Easter! The print programmes have dropped onto doormats and the box office bodies are busy packing up tickets, so we thought now would be a good time to take a tour of all the free activities at Hay Fever this year. We promise, there’s enough free bits and bobs to do this fest to keep even the most determined of half-term thumb twiddlers busy.
Hannah and Elle will be creating and crafting in the Make and Take tent between 10am and 5pm every day. Plenty of wet wipes will be on hand as sticky fingers make Tulgy Wood creatures, wishing lines and space adventurers. Plus this year we’ve got some very special takeover craft days from Concern Universal (for a global twist) and The Tom Grahame Trust (for treasure maps and pirate adventures). Our giant bean bags will be back, as will the giant Connect 4 and a giant golden egg (all will be revealed!)
If that wasn’t enough over-sized goodness Science writer extraordinaire Christopher Lloyd is bringing his What On Earth? Giant Wallbook (pictured here) to the Hay Fever Courtyard. He’ll be at the wall every day (yes, everyday!) at 12pm and 3pm in his coat of many pockets for a free talk tracing the history and science of the planet.
We adore experiments, so we’ve invited Physics in the Field back for the first weekend to get science busking with everyone. It was a blast (quite literally!) last year so come and have a go.
Artists and genius illustrators from We Are Words + Pictures will also be on hand across the first weekend with all their pens and pencils to make comic strips, before the Haiti Kids Kino Project round off the festival on Sunday 5 June to show off the amazing power of cinema. Watch this space for blog posts from both these brilliant groups.
RSPB Cymru are celebrating their centenary with us and what better way to cheer all the work they do than join one of their many family nature trails. Just pop by their stand on site, or ask for more info in the Hay Fever Courtyard. They’ll be a perfect opportunity to discover the hidden nooks of Hay, in and around the Wye, just don’t forget to come back and tell us about all your adventures!
Oh, and the word on the meadow is that Eat Natural will be giving out tasters of their yummy bars and Cafedirect will be handing out baby cups of coffee, so our energy will be totally boosted for all these plans. How lucky are we?!