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Buxton Puppet Festival

Buxton Puppet Festival was an annual festival run by the Buxton Opera House (BOH) and co-presented with Funny Wonders. It took place over a week during the end of July-start of August in the middle of Buxton’s summer festivals. It was initially set up by the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild (BPMTG) and Funny Wonders in 2003. The Buxton Opera House became the partner with BPMTG in 2005 and the BPMTG left it for us to take it forward from 2007 onwards. The Puppet Festival, which saw performances in the Opera House, the Pauper’s Pit and Buxton Community School, went on to have the Pavilion Arts Centre in the Pavilion Gardens as its main venue.

The Festival offered activities for all ages including workshops, free street performances on the Opera House forecourt and afternoon and evening performances. Puppet companies and workshop leaders from all over the country and abroad were welcomed.


For the latest news visit the Festival Facebook page or search #BuxPuppFest on Twitter.


The Buxton Opera House took the decision to no longer run the festival in 2015. Any companies wanting to perform in Buxton are recommended to look at taking part in the Buxton Festival Fringe which takes place in July. 


To see photos and the programmes of past Festivals please click on the pictures below. To find out more about Funny Wonders activities in the festival click here.

The Buxton Puppet Festival has featured performances, workshops and/or street theatre performances by the following artists and companies:



Nori Sawa

Nutmeg Puppet Company

Objects Dart

Octopi Puppet Theatre

Off Book Theatre

On The Other Hand

Pangolin's Teatime

Pastiche Puppets

Pauline Venables

Paul Kingsley's Cappriccio Theatre

Peak Puppets

Pelham Puppets

Peter Charlton

Peter Peasgood

Peter Piper Puppets

Peter Wynne-Wilson

Pickled Image

Presto Puppets

Professor Popup (Melvyn Rawlinson)

Purves Puppets

Ramshackle Theatre


Rebekah Caputo

Ripstop Theatre

Rouge 28 Theatre

Rough Magic Theatre


Samuel Lepetit

Shadowdance Puppet Theatre


Sim-Sim Puppet Theatre

Sketty Productions

Smallmassive Theatre

Stephen Mottram's Animata

Theatre of the Small

Thingumajig Theatre

Trembling Hands

Tysoe Marionette Group

Waggish Radish Puppet Theatre

WaxBaby Productions


The Wright Stuff

The Wychwood Puppets

Yamabiko-Za Children's Theatre

The Yarn Spinner

About Face Theatre

Adian Shingler & The Antidotes

Anarupa Roy

Arcadia Open Zirkus

Babbling Vagabonds

Banyan Theatre

The Beresford Puppets

Black Cat Theatre

Blue Sky Theatre

Blue Yonder

Bridgehead Arts

Cath Connolley

Clive Chandler


Crooked Timber

Cuckoo Clocks

Diddley Dee Puppets

Dynamic New Operations


Figure of Speech

Finger & Thumb Theatre

Folded Feather


Funny Wonders

Garlic Theatre

Geoff Felix

Harvey's Puppet Show

Helen Ainsworth

Idolrich theatreRotto Productions

Indefinte Articles

Indigo Moon

Keith Barnes

James Arnott

John Mowat

Jonathan Storey

Jose Navarro

Lempen Puppets

Magic Box

Marcus Clarke

Matthew Cohen



Mister Peter's Puppets

Noisy Oyster

No Nonsense Theatre


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