Our programme of events, classes and workshops support a range of ages and abilities. We welcome everyone to have a go, from the curious to the professional. Our education and outreach activity is growing so we encourage your ideas and feedback about what you’d like to have a play with.

All courses and workshops take place at

Unit 18 Albion Dockside Estate

Hanover Place

Bristol BS1 6UT

unless otherwise stated.


N.B. Puppet Place only offers refunds in circumstances where a course, workshop or event is cancelled.






Handmade Puppet Dreams at Moving Parts Newcastle

27 March (Mon) 1pm

Ages 8+


Cobalt Studios

10 Boyd Street, Newcastle, NE2 1AP

We are delighted to be working with Ibex Puppetry and Newcastle Puppetry Festival – Moving Parts – to present Handmade Puppet Dreams vol VI. We first showed this programme of independent artists’ films at Bristol Festival of Puppetry in 2015 and it’s great to be working with Moving Parts to present the programme in Newcastle this Spring.

Handmade Puppet Dreams explores the craft and storytelling of live-action puppetry. These are films by artists who have built their vision and breathed life into their dreams. This is a vibrant collection of films from Ibex Puppetry (USA) handpicked by Heather Henson.

Suitable for ages 8+

Moving Parts

Newcastle Puppetry Festival

27 March – 1 April


Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2015 Film Curator – Joseph Wallace




Creative Freelancers Breakfast

24 March (Fri) 8.30am-10am

Ages 18+



An informal and sociable breakfast for creative freelancers. Does what it says. Come and meet other like-minded people over a cup of coffee and a crumpet.

Organised by Lucy Heard – Puppet Place Resident Artist. Free event, but donations towards costs welcome.


Sign yourselves up via Facebook Event


Trash Hack with Chris Pirie

25 March (Sat) 10am-5pm

Ages 18+





Make instant puppets out of rubbish.  This workshop in re-purposing industrial and domestic junk is ideal for people who are new to puppetry.

Be prepared to stretch your imagination and dare to fail and build another.

Lunch included.


Chris is Director of Green Ginger UK and Co-Producer of Bristol Festival of Puppetry.



Creative Cafe: Arts, activism and mental health: how I found a voice in a loud world.

20 April (Thurs) 7.30pm

Ages 18+



Join us for the next Creative Cafe, our bi-monthly space where we share some of the ideas and projects percolating among Puppet Place’s Resident Artist community.


Lucy Heard will present a brief retrospective of her work* to date. While discussing the importance of public engagement, the development of social leaders and how dressing up as a pirate gave her permission to be awesome.

*Contains ordinary women leading extraordinary lives. Comics, explosions, trebuchets and lessons in how to be fearless.

Lucy is a Dare Devil Diva, campaigner for change in attitudes towards mental health, an advisor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a resident at Puppet Place.