Puppet shows are ready to delight audiences at Buxton

Children get a close-up look at some of the puppets at Buxton Puppet Festival
Children get a close-up look at some of the puppets at Buxton Puppet Festival
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Buxton Puppet Festival

There are puppets galore in Buxton this week, enchanting youngsters with a range of fantastic and imaginative tales.

Today’s live performance in the Studio Theatre is Ticky, Ticky, Boom, Boom (4pm), a traditional tale from Jamaica about a cheeky and lazy spider called Anancy.

On Friday at 2pm in the same venue there’s All at Sea with Noah, telling the story of Noah and his wife who start to bicker after getting instructions to build an ark.

Outdoor puppet shows include A Melange of Marvellous and Magical Monsters on the Pavilion Garden Bandstand, created by the co-hosts of the festival, Buxton’s Funny Wonders, and local youngsters (Friday at 3.30pm).

Or take in the splendid Peak District countryside with Round The World Safari on Saturday at 11am and 2pm.

In this promenade theatre experience, starting in the Pavilion Gardens, creatures from every continent will jump out to meet the audience, as well as some local wildlife.

There are also free puppet shows to enjoy on the forecourt of the Opera House.

The shows include The Wychwood Puppets (today at 11am and 3pm), The Man in the Moon (tomorrow 11am and 3pm), The Blue Dragon (Friday at 11am) and Peculiar Puppet Pantomime (Friday at 3pm).

Children are encouraged to learn the art of puppetry with a host of workshops from making puppets to performing with them.

Tickets are on sale now. Pick up festival leaflet from Buxton Opera House box office or visit the website www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for more information or to book tickets.