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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

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THIS year, the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates its 40th Anniversary with more than 40 Punch & Judy and Puppet Shows performing throughout the day.

On Sunday, May 10, 2015, the 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 353rd 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.

3pm – 40th Anniversary Photocall for all Punch & Judy Professors and Puppeteers on the steps of St Paul’s Church.

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, Puppeteers and Entertainers attending include:

Prof Geoff Felix, Bryan Clarke, John Thursby, Chris Gasper, Paul Wheeler. John Wood, Clive Chandler, Gary Wilson, Joanne Tremarco, Martyn Cooper, Barbara Ray, Joseph Peek, Alix Booth, Jamie Riding, Damien Weis (France), Bertie Pearce, Pete Maggs, Glyn Edwards, Katey Edwards, Richard Robinson, Jacques Devienne (France), The Battey Family, Peter Charlton, James Bradley, Paul Tuck & Les King…

…Gary Timby, Pete Dann, Paul Jackson, David Wilde, James Arnott, Joe Burns, Benjamin Hasker, Adrienne Press, Fagner Gastaldon, Paul Goddard, Brian Baggs, The Budapest Marionettes, Stanelli’s Super Circus, Randolph the Remarkable, The Pink Policeman, Clown Salvo, Clown Gingernutt, The Lost Marbles String Band, Donna Maria’s Maypole Spectacular, and many more.

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

Admission: Free.