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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

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ON SUNDAY, May 11, 2014, the 39th Annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival will be held in the garden of St Paul’s Church – the actors’ church – near the spot where Samuel Pepys first saw Mr Punch in England in May 1662.

Punch and Judy Professors and Puppeteers from all over the country will be coming to perform throughout the day. Everyone is invited to go along and enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch’s 352nd birthday.


11am – Grand Procession around the neighbourhood of Covent Garden starting in the Church garden, led by the Superior Brass Band with a birthday toast to Mr Punch by the commemorative plaque on the church wall in the Piazza.

12noon – Special Church Service with the Rev Simon Buckley and Mr Punch in the Pulpit.

12.30pm to 5.30pm – Punch and Judy and Puppet Shows, Puppet Workshops, Stalls, Refreshments, Folk Music by The Lost Marbles String Band, Maypole Dancing and Clowns.

The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, The Punch and Judy Fellowship, The College of Punch and Judy Professors, The Puppet Centre Trust and The Union Internationale de la Marionette will all be represented.

There will be stalls run by community groups from all over Westminster and Camden together with the Covent Garden Community Association, and refreshments provided by the Food Chain.

Punch and Judy Professors, Puppeteers and Entertainers attending include:

Bryan Clarke, Geoff Felix, Chris Gasper, Glyn Edwards, The Battey Family, Randolph the Remarkable, Peter Charlton, Gingernutt the Clown, Pete Maggs, Alix Booth, James Bradley, Harvey Wood, Paul Tuck & Les King, Richard Robinson, John Thursby, Gary Trimby, Peter Dann, Salvo, Joseph Peek, Paul Jackson, David Wilde, Clive Chandler, James Arnott, Katie Wilde…

…Joe Burns, Benjamin Hasker, Jacques Devinne (France), Jhess Knight, Jon Mckenna, Hakim Iguedlane (Algeria), Martyn Cooper, Chris Shirley Smith, Outside Puppets (France and Italy), Adrienne Press, David Leech, Fagner Gastaldon, Paul Goddard, Brian Baggs, Gary Wilson, Donna Maria’s Maypole Spectacular, The Lost Marbles String Band, and many more….

Venue: St. Paul’s Church Garden, Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED.

Admission: Free.