What’s on for little ones during Nottingham Puppet Festival?

Date published: 3 Mar 2024

Posted by: Kayleigh Page

Whimsical bird marionettes with vibrant colors and intricate textures suspended by strings against an orange backdrop.

When we say Nottingham Puppet Festival is for everyone from 6 months to 100, we really do mean it! But what’s on especially for our smallest visitors?

Two puppet shows for early years children and their families are coming to a library near you on the 9th, 10th and 11th April. The Search for Teddy Island tells the story of a teddy bear’s hunt for a home, whilst young Charlie Comet discovers something spellbinding in his attic. Check our what’s on page for an event near you. Both shows will also be at the Nottingham Central Library on our City Centre day on Saturday 13 April.

GPT A woman wearing a mask shows a hand-drawn treasure map to a teddy bear.

On Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April master puppeteer Stephen Mottram will open a Pandora’s box filled with magical surprises and beautiful string puppets in EGGBIRD and other string puppet stories. The show is followed by a workshop, led by artists from Nottingham’s
By Our Hands Studio. Learn how to make and manipulate your own string puppet!

Wise Owl Theatre invite you to have Tea with Alice on Friday 12th April at the Theatre Royal. Step into Alice’s story and follow her in this unique theatrical experience. Take a leap down the rabbit hole and have tea at the biggest un-birthday party, with the maddest of Hatters. Enjoy appearances from all of your favourite characters including the fearsome Queen of Hearts! Alongside the performance you will be served with tea and cakes during the interval, yum!

At Squire Performing Arts Centre on Sunday 14th April catch Cardboard Carnival. It’s the “Carnival of the Animals” but not as we know it. To create the “ultimate animal”, Cardboard Carnival take inspiration from the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, a little help from Charles Darwin and a whole lot of cardboard to mash up a show full of puppet possibility!

Puppeteer with two Anansi puppets

Lakeside Arts present The Anansi Stories on Sunday 21 April – a funny, irreverent and inspiring West African tale told with puppetry, spoken word and traditional live West African music.

Our jam-packed city centre day is suitable for all ages with a puppet trail including live performances, workshops and puppet exhibitions leading you from Sneinton Market through the city centre, to Nottingham Central Library from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 13th April.

Checkout our what’s on page for the full festival listings!