When: 13th May 2018
Where: St Paul’s Church Garden, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED
£: Free admission
What is it?
On Sunday 13th May, the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival will return to the garden of St Paul’s Church on Bedford Street.
The church, also known as the actors’ church, is located 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 at this fitting location, to help celebrate Mr Punch’s 356th birthday.
The day’s festivities will begin 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 and will include a birthday toast to Mr Punch by the commemorative plaque on the church wall in the Piazza.
At 12pm a special (and rather unique) church service will take place with Mr Punch in the Pulpit. Then, at 12.30pm, the day comes alive with shows, workshops and traditional fayre entertainment.
There’ll be Punch & Judy and other puppet shows to enjoy, as well as 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 at this year’s event. There will be stalls run by community groups from all over Westminster and Camden, together with the Covent Garden Community Association; and refreshments will be provided by the Food Chain, who are raising funds to help provide nutritional support for people living with HIV in London.
More info: www.alternativearts.co.uk