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.


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Model Making Workshop – Scrap Bashing & Painting for Maquettes



A 2-day model-making workshop led by Dreamy Ox. Dreamy Ox is the model-making project of scenographer and model-maker Max Dorey.


In this workshop, you will learn how to ‘kitbash’ with found waste materials, to construct and paint your own sci-fi miniature in two days. Some of the techniques you will use will include simple arrangement of found objects into new forms, using glues and sheet materials, using found ‘greebles’ to enhance the sci fi miniature effect of your models, and painting techniques including drybrushing and weathering to give your model a real world ‘broken down’ effect.


This workshop is ideal for people with some knowledge and usage of model making and painting techniques, but is pitched as an introductory course. The techniques may be familiar to more experienced makers. All tools and materials are provided and at the end of the workshop you will keep your model to take away with you.


Date: 4th & 5th April 2020
Time: 10am-6pm
Location: Puppet Place, Unit 18, Albion Dockside Estate, Hanover Place, Bristol BS1 6UT
Cost: £130


For enquiries and booking please use the PayPal link above or contact info@puppetplace.org

The Art of Animatronics


This workshop is now SOLD OUT. Please email info@puppetplace.org to be added to the waiting list.

A professional 2-day workshop designed to introduce the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical puppet control led by David McGoran, Artistic Director of Rusty Squid.


This workshop is suitable for professionals and those developing a professional practice within the moving arts such as Puppetry, Toy Design, Living Fashion and Particle Effects. No previous animatronic experience is necessary.


Date: 29th Feb & 1st March 2020
Time: 9.30am-5.30pm
Location: Puppet Place, Unit 18, Albion Dockside Estate, Hanover Place, Bristol BS1 6UT
Cost: £180


For many years, animatronics was a closely guarded secret.  Very few books have ever been written on the subject and until recently it has been next to impossible to study. It was only after Stan Whinstone’s death in 2008 that the work of the animatronic masters began to trickle out of the studios.


However, animatronics is an art that has yet to break free of its Special Effects origins.


Rusty Squid invites you to join us in hijacking the secret art of animatronics from the film set and applying it to you own creative practice.


We will not only be guiding you through the foundations of push pull cables, creature mechanics and servo control but we will be showing you our very own unique methods for quick prototyping, relationship design and field testing to achieve a compelling performance and emotional believability.


Our Studio have been developing our own bespoke training platforms and unique servo controllers to facilitate the study of this craft.  The Art of Animatronics is a unique chance to not only get your hands on these tools but to experience the design process we use to realise rich and meaningful relationships between humans and machines.


For enquiries and booking please use the PayPal link above or contact info@puppetplace.org


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