Puppetry Festival promising a whale of a time with a one-day spectacular

THE normally biennial Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival is to return a year early with a one-day puppetry spectacular.

The event, which has been coming to the town every other year since 2015, is to host an afternoon of free puppetry with an under the sea theme.

The event on Saturday, October 15 between 12 and 5pm comes after support from Royal Tunbridge Wells Together.

Last year’s festival exceeded all expectations, with over 15,000 puppetry enthusiasts visiting Calverley Grounds to see Luke Jerram’s installation ‘Museum of the Moon’ – the largest piece of free public outdoor art ever seen in Tunbridge Wells.

For the upcoming single-day puppetry afternoon, the centrepiece is going to be an 18-metre-long sperm whale.

Circo Rum Ba Ba will be presenting puppet shows inside ‘The Whale’ throughout the afternoon.

Other underwater puppetry delights include ‘Ocho’ and ‘Iso’ – Tim Davies’ giant octopus and prehistoric sea creature.

Art in the Park will be running underwater-themed workshops for children on Calverley Grounds and in the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre, Trinity Youth Theatre will be performing alongside pirates, sirens, seahorses and more.

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