Join us for a very special Creative Cafe on Thursday 7 September 2023, from 12.30-2.30pm when special guest Richard Sewell will be speaking about Air Giants‘ wonderful creative robotic inflatable, pneumatically-controlled creatures and the technology and creative process that is involved in creating them. You will also have a chance to watch some short videos of recent installations and if the weather is favourable experience one of the smaller inflatable robots up close and personal in the Puppet Place garden.  There will be time for Q&As and for general networking too.

We charge a small fee of £3 for tickets, which goes towards the cost of running the event and for providing tea, coffee and biscuits. Numbers are limited so book here now to avoid missing out!

Richard Sewell is a roboticist, software engineer, maker of many things, and a co-founder of Air Giants.  He’s interested in the simple pleasures to be found in interactions between people and machines, in experience design, in touch-based experiences, in play and in invitations to play.  He’s also interested in robots of all sorts, in tools and gizmos and technical trickery.

Harbour Festival Open Doors 2023

Puppet Place opened its doors on the weekend of the Bristol Harbour Festival from Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th July 2023.

We invited visitors in to find out what puppetry entails and to see where and how puppets are fabricated.

Visitors were able to visit our Fabrication Workshop and Garden where we ran puppetry demos and children’s workshops!

Creative Cafes so far in 2023

Our first Creative Cafe of 2023 took place on Friday 13 January 2023 with special guest Anurupa Roy from Katkatha Puppets Art Trust in India and the second took place on Thursday 30 March with special guest Cat Rock talking about the Bristol 48h Puppet Film Challenge – follow the links below for more information.

Creative Cafe with special guest Anurupa Roy from Katkatha Puppets Art Trust in India

Anurupa Roy from Katkatha Puppets Art Trust in India

Creative Cafe with with special guest Cat Rock from the Bristol 48h Puppet Film Challenge 

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All Creative Cafes, 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.

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.

Let us know what workshops you would like to see take place at Puppet Place

We’re conducting research for future workshops at Puppet Place and we’d love to hear your thoughts on what type of workshops you’d like to see available.

The survey should only take 5 minutes, and your responses are completely anonymous. Please click the link below to access the survey.

Complete our online WORKSHOP RESEARCH SURVEY here! 

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