Join Punch and Judy enthusiasts from all over the country at the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden (The Actors' Church).
The annual free family day out marks the anniversary of Samuel Pepys’ first recorded sighting of a Punch and Judy-style show in Covent Garden in 1662.
Follow the brass band procession around Covent Garden from 11am. Attend the midday church service with Mr Punch in the pulpit. And spend the afternoon watching puppet, music and dance performances between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
About The Actors' 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 after 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 Actors' 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.