Enjoy a day of traditional British entertainment at the Actor's Church in Covent Garden.
Enjoy a day of traditional British entertainment at the St Paul's Church (the Actor's Church) in Covent Garden.
Celebrating the anniversary of the first time that Samuel Pepys recorded seeing a Punch and Judy-style show in London in 1662, this fun festival is a popular annual treat for families. Puppeteers travel from all over England to perform.
This year is the 41st Covent Garden May Fayre, and it starts with a procession at 11am around the neighbourhood, before a church service at midday and puppet shows from 12.30pm. You'll also find puppet workshops, food stalls and entertainment including maypole dancing, clowns and folk music bands.
About the Actor's Church
Built in the 17th century to designs by celebrated architect Inigo Jones, St Paul's Covent Garden was the first new church to be built in London since the Reformation.
Due to the large number of theatres in the area, as well as the puppet shows held in its grounds, it quickly gained the nickname "the Actor's Church". It contains memorials to many famous theatrical personalities, including Charles Macklin, Dame Ellen Terry and Vivien Leigh. You may also recognise the church's portico from its appearance in the Audrey Hepburn film My Fair Lady.