Sunday, 10 May 2015

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival


Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

It might have gone by unnoticed to some, but yesterday was Mr Punch' birthday. That's right, Mr punch form the very British Punch and Judy puppet shows. This momentous occasion was celebrated today in Covent Garden in the church yard of St Paul's Church right on the square.


Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

The festivities started off in the Piazza in front of the church, where a life size Mr Punch declared the festival as opened. The parade than made its way through the streets of Covent Garden and snaking its way back to the yard in the back of the church.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

The church yard which is usually an oasis of tranquility, now was buzzing. There were tables set out manned by people selling cakes, hats, scarves and of course puppets. There was a table where children could make their own puppets.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

There were clowns doing magic tricks, girls with flowers in their hair dancing around a maypole. There were puppeteers with puppets on strings and a very captivating story teller with a stuffed cat on his shoulder. It was like being at a kid's birthday party on steroids.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

The path way in the middle of the yard, was flanked by two patches of grass which were both lined with all kinds of colourful puppet theatres. In front of them crowds of children and their parents were waiting impatiently for the shows to start.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

At midday the first show kicked off. I have learned that the standard Punch and Judy is a bit of a violent puppet show, however this one was very tame and obviously tailored to the audience. The children were in awe, and so were some of the adults.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

I'd never actually seen a proper Punch and Judy show, and my introduction to it couldn't have been more exciting than actually being at Mr Punch's birthday party.

2 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! This looks amazing.
    I need to look around more for events like this to take Hayden, he would have loved this.
    Thanks for sharing lovely - Looks like you had a great time.
    Charlotte x

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    1. It was great. Even for older 'kids'... :-)

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