The award-winning biennial Beverley Puppet Festival is back for 2020, from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th July, for its ninth instalment and this year with a theme of “Back to Nature”. Attracting some of the best puppetry and theatre acts from around the UK & Europe, locals and visitors to Beverley will have a line-up of over 40 ticketed events and many more free outdoor performances to choose from.
There will be entertainment for all ages at East Riding Theatre, Toll Gavel Methodist Church, the Masonic Hall and the Beverley Friary & Gardens, the latter being the event’s daytime hub. The Festival will have its usual colourful variety of indoor shows for all ages, including adults. The programme will include lots of free activities, such as a puppet trail and interactive outdoor acts on Beverley’s shopping streets and at the Flemingate Shopping Centre.
As part of the Festival build-up, there will be a special six-day puppet-making course run by London-based puppet maker Judith Hope. “Winged Creatures” will run from Saturday 11th – Friday 17th July and all adult participants will design and complete their own moving puppet to take away.
Volunteers are also being invited to help support the Festival over the weekend in exchange for a festival pass and food. They have been a big part of the success of the event since the first one 15 years ago. Beverley residents who would be interested in hosting artists over the weekend are also encouraged to get in touch.