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Outside a collection of children sit in front of a brightly coloured box with a puppet theatre on top. Within the puppets of Punch and Judy argue. Next to the puppet theatre stands a man dressed in an oversized suit, with bright curly hair and a face painted like that of a clown, he is smiling at the chaos. The sun is out and the grass underneath is fresh. Others stand around the edge applauding.

49th Annual Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

12th May


Free Entry - Not Ticket Needed

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Punch & Judy Professors and Puppeteers from all over the country and abroad gather to perform in the garden of St Paul’s Church on the second Sunday in May near the spot where Samuel Pepys first recorded sighting Mr Punch in May 1662.

Admission is Free. The day starts at 11am with a Grand Procession around the neighbourhood led by the Superior Brass Band. At 12 noon there is a Special Church Service with Mr Punch in the pulpit, followed by Shows, Stalls and Workshops, Folk Music and Maypole Dancing. The British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild, The Punch & Judy Fellowship and The Punch & Judy Club will all be represented alongside local community groups including the Covent Garden Community Association. The day ends at 5.30pm.

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49th Annual Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival

12 May 2024


Free Entry - Not Ticket Needed

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