- London stages Covent Garden Punch and Judy Festival

September 06, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can announce that kids and grown-ups alike may enjoy heading down to the Covent Garden Punch and Judy Festival, which is celebrating a special anniversary this year.

Taking place on October 3rd, this free event is marking the 30th anniversary of the Punch and Judy Fellowship, which is the largest and oldest organisation solely focused on keeping those two famous children's characters alive.

There are plenty of members of this peculiar institution, which counts as its patron legendary comedian Ken Dodd OBE.

If this kind of comedy sounds like fun then travel down to Covent Garden Piazza after 11:00 BST on the day to see a variety of performances of the tale until 16:30.

Guests at London hotels may not be aware of the history of Punch and Judy, a topic which they can no doubt investigate at the festival.

It is widely thought that it originates from 15th-century street theatre, but the first mention of it came in a diary entry by Samuel Pepys from 1662, when he noted that it was being performed in Covent Garden - making the show's location all the more poignant.

Since then, it has become one of the most stereotypical seaside entertainment shows in the UK and has made millions of youngsters laugh.

For more information on this event visit the Covent Garden Online website or contact the venue on +44 (0)20 7395 3765. recommends a wide variety of accommodation in London, including the Astor Court Hotel London.

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