18th August: Summer Fun Activity Timetable



From 10.30 TWPF’s Linda and Bethan will be at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery with information about the ongoing programme and work in the community. Sign up for information and find out about how you might be able to get involved.


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Thanks to the support for the work we have done by Heritage Lottery Funding we have free craft activities all day starting with:


  • 10.30 Make a Peg Doll – free but bookable for up to 8 children aged 5+ – book here
  • 11.00 Have a go with the Puppets Drop In
  • 11.30 Make a Peg Doll –  free but bookable for up to 8 children aged 5+ – book here
  • 12.00 Have a go with the Puppets Drop In


From 2pm to 4.30pm you can find out about the work behind the scenes with the museum and the Kent History and Library Centre in conserving a collection of papers that have inspired the lovely Account of the State of the Place – or How to Drink a Glass of Water  and the brand new walking trail around Tunbridge Wells by nationally renowned artist Adam Dant.


  • 2.00pm Launch of the Map
  • From 2.00pm free limited edition maps available, suitable for all. Rewards for all who complete all missing clues
  • 2.30 to 4.30 Drop in paper craft – decorate boxes using using printing and decoupage based on the work of local entrepreneur Jasper Strange


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Look forward to seeing you, if you have any queries don’t hesitate to drop us a line to bethan@twpuppetryfestival.org


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18th August: Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival Family Fun Day


Did you know that since last October Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival organisers Linda and Bethan have been busy working on lots of other activities? We have held the dates of 13th, 14th and 15th October in 2017 for our next major event and in the meantime we have been making plans for lots of other activities you can join in with. Did you see the puppet show we commissioned especially for the festival about our local history? TWPF have also worked with fine artist Adam Dant to make a family walking trail inspired by the same set of wonderful papers the museum has documenting the town in its heydays. Adam was the artist selected by Parliament to document the General Election in 2015 and you can find out about his techniques and practice in this film made last year.

To celebrate the launch of the map we are holding a Family Fun Day at the Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery on 18th August with free craft activities, you can see some of the objects from the 18th Century usually kept in storage, find out about the stories from the archive and the art of the people who take care of them and collect a limited edition free map with a prize for all who complete the trail!

600-2 Peg Doll with arms

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Of course it wouldn’t be a TWPF event without puppets so we have teamed up with local puppet company Strangeface so that you can “Have a Go” with some of the puppets in their collection. Events begin at 10.30 in the Museum, we hope to see you there!



An Account of the State of That Place Workshop


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Just how Gorgeous were the Georgians?
Saturday 17 October at 11am & 3pm

We are so lucky to have events still to come in 2015! Experience the majesty and intricacy of how the Georgians got dressed, with the help of a costumed interpreter.

Tomorrow, 17th October at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery they will be bringing some secret treasures out their stores and we have a costumed interpreter from Past Pleasures in replica clothing to explain what we wore in the time of Smart and Sprange.

Learn about Georgian etiquette, fashion and manners, and view some of the treasures from our collection. Booking is encouraged as spaces are limited. This event is suitable for all ages and glimpse into life in the town’s spa heydays!