Nottingham Puppet Festival back to all events

Puppets are everywhere!

Having been around for over 5000 years they are still with us, in TV, film, stage, video games, theme parks and more.

Why? Because puppets are so good at telling stories about what it is to be human. Celebrating the artistry of puppets and puppetry along with the communities that inspire the stories they tell, over four days you’ll find puppetry of every kind in all corners of the city. From mechanised hippos and a giant Iron Man to intricate marionettes walking the streets and delicate shadow puppets dancing.

There’s a fantastic mix of shows including the multi award-winning National Theatre production of War Horse, late-night puppet cabaret, political satire, family fun, as well as the retelling of classic stories. There are talks and workshops for both aspiring puppeteers and professional practitioners. Hear from those behind cult classics including Thunderbirds and Spitting Image. Join in conversations about how puppetry is reaching diverse communities and enriching lives.

Friday to Sunday sees the Old Market Square become a pop-up puppet village from morning till night, with free street theatre, shows and music and marvellous sights and sounds.

The Festival will round off on the Sunday with a vibrant Puppet Parade, featuring puppets of every shape and size, live music, special guests and, hopefully you too!