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Canal Basin Puppet Extravaganza

Saturday 5th August 11am - 4.30pm

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SKIPTON PUPPET FESTIVAL WEATHER UPDATE SAT 5 AUG: The forecast has improved so free puppet shows will be at the the canal basin as planned from 11am – 4pm on a rolling programme. This is a free drop-in event. 

Among the highlights of this year’s Puppet Festival is a special day of free puppet shows at Skipton Canal Basin on Saturday 5th August, kindly supported by Skipton BID.

Families and puppet enthusiasts alike can gather at this picturesque location to enjoy a range of puppetry performances. Performances will include ‘Penny and the Far Thing’ by Lempen Puppet Theatre, ‘Festival!’ By Mark Whitaker Puppetry and ‘The Four Friends’ by Zannie Fraser.

Take part in a mini musical parade with Dogs’ Dales – sign up to the workshop below to get involved.

Audiences at the canal basin will also get the opportunity to meet ‘Zarafa Giraffa’. Over ten weeks in Spring, this full-size giraffe puppet walked 1000km through France, recreating the journey of a real giraffe from 200 years ago. Now, she’s coming to Skipton to be fitted with a new outer skin and decorated. Visitors are invited to help paint her, then join a procession round town to show off her fresh paint job!

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the wonder of puppets against the picturesque backdrop of Skipton’s canal basin!



Puppet Extravaganza Performer Gallery

Carved wooden puppets dressed as jesters

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Skipton International Puppet Festival

Join us for one of England’s largest celebrations of puppet theatre, the fabulous Skipton International Puppet Festival!

Since it’s inception in 1997,  the festival has grown from a handful of performances to a major event in the Yorkshire region’s calendar, becoming a magnet for puppet enthusiasts.

The biennial celebration showcases puppetry from all over the UK and beyond. With a packed programme of free and ticketed performances, workshops, and outreach projects, Skipton presents an inspirational melting pot for artists and audiences, offering exceptional puppet experiences for any age.

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