Taking place at St Paul's Church, the puppet festival will have a special significance; it's a stone's throw away from the spot where diarist Samuel Pepys first recorded his delight at seeing Mr Punch in action in May 1662.
The celebrations kick off with a Grand Procession at 11am through the streets of Covent Garden. The Superior Brass Band will lead the way to a the commemorative Mr Punch blue plaque in the Piazza, where there'll be a special birthday toast to the puppet.
Next at 12 noon there'll be a church service with a difference: Mr Punch will take to the pulpit. Then comes the real highlight, an afternoon fayre with puppet shows, hands-on workshops where little ones can learn the art of puppeteering, a troupe of clowns, traditional May Maypole dancing and, to keep the grown ups amused, plenty of stalls and refreshments, all set to the soundtrack of live music by folk band The Lost Marbles.
The fun will go on until 5:30pm, and, as it's free and non-ticketed, you can pop in for a little while, or make a day of it.
|What||Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival, St Paul's Church Garden|
St Paul's Church
Bedford St, , London , WC2E 9ED | MAP
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
On 14 May 17, 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
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