Cyrenians Family Fun Day, June 2013
The Cyrenians are an organization which supports people in need by helping them make sustainable, positive change in their lives. There aim is to help to integrate socially excluded people back into society.
The Cyrenians regularly hold events to raise funds including their annual family fun day. This year the event took place at the wonderful Blagdon Estate just north of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
It was a lovely sunny day and those attending were able to enjoy a range of fun activities, entertainment and refreshments as well as browsing various side stalls selling plants, toys and handicrafts.
There was Punch and Judy on the lawn in front of the main house and many people brought picnics to enjoy whilst watching the shows.
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Kids love Punch and Judy
Summer is coming and organizers are booking up entertainment for their shows and galas. It’s always a problem
Punch and Judy Show (Photo credit: ronwooduk)
deciding what to put on for the kids. It’s usually a committee decision and there is always a view that we need to ring the changes. We a magician last yearso how about a clown this time etc etc.
The fact is that kids are more than happy to sit and watch the same shows over and over again if they like it. They are often disappointed if they turn up and the entertainer they loved so much at the last event isn’t their this time. If it works, stick with it.
The one show that never fails to please is of course Punch and Judy. It has been around a very long time. In fact Punch and Judy Shows have been entertaining the crowds at fairs, festivals and public gatherings since 1662. Yes, Punch and Judy has been around for over 350 years and the reason it is still going strong today is because children love it and so do many adults.
Punch and Judy is an outdoor show so there is no problem about setting up on a field although if you are planning to use a car park or paved area you might need to make provision for anchoring the puppet heatre down ( wind can be a problem ).
Punch and Judy is a fantastic choice and can be enhanced with other activities and entertainment between shows. For more information go to Punch and Judy.
Beamish Georgian Fair 2013
Every May Beamish Museum, in the North East of England, holds its four day Georgian Fair. It is one of the most popular events in the calendar. Authentic costumes, stalls and entertainment recreate the hustle and bustle of a bye gone era. Punch and Judy Shows were a regular feature in country fairs long before the rise of seaside holidays. In fact Punch and Judy was first seen in England in 1662. I am sure the folk in Georgian times were just as vocal and appreciative of Mr Punch and his antics as the modern audiences visiting the living history museum today are.
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Celebrating 350 Years of Punch and Judy!
Mr Punch’s Birthday Party in pictures. Taken at Covent Garden on Saturday 12th May 2012.
Punch And Judy Celebration Is A Huge Success
Saturday 12th May 2012
Punch and Judy (Photo credit: ronwooduk)
It was a perfect warm, sunny day and the crowds of people turned out to watch a truly historic event. Over one hundred Punch and Judy Professors met in Covent Garden, for Mr Punch‘s very special birthday party.
Punch and Judy men and women had travelled to London from all over the UK and indeed all over the world including puppeteers from Italy, the USA and Japan.
Slapsticks and Sausages!
Proceedings commenced at 2.30pm with a speech by organizer Glynn Edwards who stood in front of a giant Punch and Judy booth. There was a round of applause for the oldest performer, a lady in her eighties. Then Samuel Pepys came on and the spectators were asked to give a rousing shout for Mr Punch. On the second call a hundred Mr Punch’s sprang up from inside the booth and cavorted to the delight of the audience. Their Judy’s then came up and they danced together and then disappeared while the crowd sang happy birthday Mr Punch.
The birthday cake was sitting on the puppet stage and from it were pulled a string of 350 sausages. Some of the sausages had labels representing notable historic events to emphasize just how far back in time Mr Punch’s history can be traced.
Once the sausages were out up came the crocodiles and finally the Mr Punch’s with their slapsticks to chase them away and restore order.
The Grand Parade
The main celebrations ended with a grand parade round Covent Garden. A marching band lead the way, the musicians all dressed as Mr Punch. When the procession arrived back at the giant Punch and Judy booth there was a sing-song and a big cheer to end proceedings on a high note.
It was the best birthday party ever and Mr Punch can now look forward to his next big party in twenty-five years time to mark his 375th.
At either side of the main stage there were Punch and Judy Shows set up and performing throughout the day. It was fascinating to see the guest performers from overseas at work. The public were treated to some wonderful entertainment by masters of the art of puppetry and Punch and Judy.