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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Date: Sun 10 May, 11AM - 5.30PM

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This year will be the 40th anniversary of the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival! On May 10th head to St Paul's Church on the West Piazza, the spot where Samuel Pepys spotted the first Punch and Judy show in May 1662.

Punch and Judy Professors and Puppeteers from all over the country will be coming to perform throughout the day. Enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch's 353rd birthday.

Admission is free and the programme is as follows:

11am - grand procession around 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 in St Paul’s Church with Mr Punch in the pulpit

12.30pm to 5.30pm - punch and judy & puppet shows, puppet workshops, stalls, refreshments, folk music by The Lost Marbles String Band, maypole dancing and clowns

3pm - 40th Anniversary photo call for all Punch & Judy Professors & Puppeteers on the steps of St Paul’s Church

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