When: 14th May 2017
Where: St Paul’s Church Garden, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED
£: Free admission
What is it?
The 42nd annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival takes place on Sunday 14th May.
The event will be celebrating Mr Punch’s 355th Birthday in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street. St Paul’s is known as the actors’ church and is situated 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 heading to Covent Garden to perform throughout the day. Everyone is welcome to head along and enjoy the shows, and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch’s birthday.
The day begins at 11am with a grand procession around the neighbourhood of Covent Garden, starting in the church garden. The procession will be led by the Superior Brass Band, with a birthday toast to Mr Punch by the commemorative plaque on the church wall in the Piazza.
At 12 noon there will be a special church service with Mr Punch in the Pulpit. Then, from 12.30pm to 5.30pm there will be Punch and Judy shows 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 will include Prof Bryan Clarke, Jester Jim, Joey the Clown, Gingernutt the Clown, Joseph Peek, Clown Salvo, Randolph the Remarkable, and the Donna Marias Maypole Spectacular.
More info: www.alternativearts.co.uk/events