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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival 2012

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If you're stuck for ideas over the coming weekend (12 and 13 May) why not head into Covent Garden? Samuel Pepys first spotted Punch and Judy in London 350 years ago on 9 May 1662. Help Mr Punch celebrate his birthday with a toast and a procession at 11am followed by a church service at St Paul's, the Actors' Church at midday on Sunday. Mr Punch will be in the pulpit, so you had better behave yourselves or he may hit you with his big stick. Between 10am and 5pm there will be a feast of entertainment, including folk music, clowns, maypole dancing, puppet shows and workshops.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival May Fayre

If you can't wait for the actual Festival, Saturday will host Mr Punch's Big Birthday Party, including performances of Punch and Judy in a giant booth in front of the portico of St Paul's Church. It sounds as if it will be a fun weekend. As Mr Punch would say 'That's the way to do it.'

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Why? Because Punch and Judy is a great tradition and Mr Punch is now 350 years old
When: 12 and 13 May
Where: Covent Garden
Cost: Free
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