On Sunday 14 May 2017 the Festival will be held in the garden of St Paul's Church, Bedford Street, London, WC2 - the actors' church - near the spot where Samuel Pepys first saw Mr Punch in England in May 1662. Punch and Judy Professors and Puppeteers from all over the country will be coming to perform throughout the day. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch's 355th birthday. ADMISSION IS FREE and the programme is as follows:- 11am - GRAND PROCESSION around the neighbourhood of 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 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 & Clowns.