17 days to go!

It’s less than three weeks to go and here’s all the latest…

Snap up your tickets!

Get into the festival groove with our multi-buy offer – save 10% when you book for two or more TWPF shows**. Visit or call the box office at Trinity Theatre, Church Road (tel: 01892 678678) open Monday to Saturday, 10am–3pm. (Online booking fees are £2 per order.)
Click here for the full programme

Warm-up weekend

We’ll be upstairs at Royal Victoria Place with artist and puppet-maker Judith Hope leading two Make a Magpie rod-puppet workshops for children aged five and up (Saturday 5 October, 11am and 2pm). Please book in advance.

How much can you fit in?! Click the links for some suggested itineraries:

For very young children

For children, ages 5+

For young people, ages 12+

For adults

For European theatre

Group discount offer

There is a new group discount offer for Little Monster at the Assembly Hall Theatre on Friday 11 October – tickets cost just £5 for parties of 10 and over – perfect for nurseries and groups of friends. Little Monster is the brand-new show from the award-winning Touched Theatre and is suitable for children aged three to five. Performances take place at 11am and 1pm (tickets for this show only are available through the Assembly Hall Theatre or call the box office: 01892 530613).

Puppet booths

We’ve been having a lot of fun with our puppets and mini theatres – they’ve rampaged all over town, from the Pantiles to the food festival! Children and, more surprisingly, grown-ups, have tried their hand at puppeteering! Come and say hello:

Saturday 28 September: Tunbridge Wells Independent Farmers Market 11am-2pm

Saturday 5 October: Upper level, Royal Victoria Place, alongside Judith Hope’s Make a Magpie puppetry workshop 11am-3pm (Please book ahead for workshop.)

Sunday 6 October: The Forum 3-5pm

Take a photo with the puppet and enter our #twpuppetryfest competition to win show tickets. The puppets look forward to meeting you!

Puppet club

Sociable, creative get-togethers for everyone over 65
Saturdays 26 October – 30 November
3pm – 5pm
Have you always wanted to have a go at puppet-making? Join us on Saturday afternoons at Age UK in Tunbridge Wells for tea and puppet-making with Russell Dean, artistic director of Strangeface Theatre – six friendly sessions of chat and creativity with like-minded folk. Come and create a puppet character of your own design in a relaxed atmosphere using simple and easy techniques – no previous experience needed.
Tea, coffee and pastries will available.
Pay what you can, donations welcomed
Click here for more info

*The exception is Touched Theatre: Little Monster
**Excludes free events and workshops, as well as Out of the Hat at Trinity Theatre, and Little Monster at Assembly Hall Theatre.