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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

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ON SUNDAY, May 8, 2016, the 41st Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival will be held in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London, WC2 – 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 come and enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch’s 354th 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.

12 noon – Special Church Service with Mr Punch in the Pulpit.

12.30pm to 5.30pm – Punch & 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 who are raising funds to help provide nutritional support for people living with HIV in London.

Punch and Judy Professors and Entertainers attending include:

Prof Geoff Felix, Bryan Clarke, Pete Maggs, Barbara Ray, Lord Pandrum, Jacques Devienne (France), David Wilde, James Arnott, Richard Coombs, Alix Booth, Joseph Peek, Peter Charlton, Martyn Cooper, Katey Wilde, Glyn Edwards, Richard Robinson, Tom Goddard, Neil & Hazel Wilkin, Chris Gasper…

…Clive Chandler, Gary Wilson, John Thursby, Paul Wheeler, Damien Weis (France), James Bradley, Paul Tuck & Les King, Gary Trimby, Pete Dann, Joe Burns, Paul Godard, Clown Gingernutt, Randolph the Remarkable, Clown Salvo. The Lost Marbles String Band, Donna Marias Maypole Spectacular, and many more….

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

Admission: Free.