Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
ON SUNDAY, May 12, 2013, the 38th 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 performing throughout the day. Everyone is invited to go along and enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch’s 351st 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 Bill Haslett 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 Coffee Affair and the Food Chain.
Punch and Judy Professors, Puppeteers and Entertainers attending include:
Bryan Clarke, Geoff Felix, Glyn Edwards, Dan Bishop, Chris Gasper, The Battey Family, John Wood, Mark Poulton, Chris Reed, Paul Wheeler, Randolph the Remarkable, Peter Charlton, Greg Pollone, Maurice Varney, Gingernutt the Clown, Pete Maggs, Fagner Gastaldon, David Leech, Alix Booth, James Bradley…
…Harvey Wood, Paul Tuck and Les King, Len Belmont, Richard Robinson, Joanne Tremarco, John Thirsby, Gary Trimby, Roger Kent, Salvo, Joseph Peek, Paul Jackson, Dan Slater, David Wilde, Clive Chandler, James Arnott, Adrienne Press, 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.