Friday, 7 June 2013

The Day that Hay went WAHAY! Festival Report with pics!

A fortnight ago, though it seems like only yesterday, the great Hay Festival opened its doors to greet a hoard of over-excited, giggling, juvenile wannabe creators ... and once we finally moved out the way, the actual children were allowed to enter (ba-da-boom, TSSH!).

Hay Fever is the children and family-friendly segment of the main festival, and each year the action kicks off with a double day helping of shows for local schools. This is something we'd been looking forward to for months; the BIG laughs. The laughs that come when hundreds and hundreds of kids find something truly, uncontrollably funny. And these audiences did not disappoint...

I should probably start this photo montage in chronological order, but there is one photo that sums up our 2013 trip better than any other ... it might only June but this could well be our pic of the year ... 900 KIDS GOING CRAZY! Click to see the action in all its glory.

And for three fantastic days in the Hereford sunshine, the fun just never stopped...

We were delighted to be joined by our wives and the latest edition to the Etherington clan, little Edward, - snapped here attending his first festival at just under 3 months old! He wasn't quite ready to see our show (it's a bit noisy) but he behaved extremely well for a tiny tyke!

MASSIVE thank you's to everyone who helped make the trip such a blinding success - Lauren Bennett and Harriet Venn at Random House (for sorting everything), Jenny at Mouse Castle Barn (for the hospitality), Kevin Crossley-Holland and his wonderful wife Linda (for the best stories EVER), and Rhodri Jones and all the staff and helpers at the Hay festival. You guys kept the whole shebang in order while spoiling us rotten. 

We cannot wait to return in 2014!