Beverley has long been a town of sanctuary since the Middle Ages. Famous sanctuary stones stand at its edges and a towering Minster at its heart, marking an ancient boundary line where fugitives could seek shelter from the law for up to 40 days. Today, Beverley remains a town of sanctuary but of a different kind - as a safe place to live and work; as a place to escape away to on holiday; as a place of creative sanctuary - a town filled with arts and culture.


Beverley Puppet Festival and Beverley Minster invite you to share your memories and thoughts of Beverley to be used as inspiration for a digital puppetry film commission, which will be exhibited in Summer 2021 in the Minster. Did you grow up here? Do you live here now? Do you travel to Beverley for work? Do you go to school here? What is your fondest memory of Beverley? Where do you see Beverley in 20 years? We’re interested in hearing your story of Beverley. 


You can share your Beverley story by:

Printing out the story collection flyer by clicking HERE or the PDF symbol and then handwriting your story, including your name and contact details. You can print in black and white and make sure to select 'double sided'. Then fold it up/tape shut, attach a stamp and post it out to us with the address given on the front.

Sending us a simple email with your story and name to beverleypuppetfestival@gmail.com

Uploading a video or an audio recording (up to two minutes) by clicking HERE or the purple button. Please include your name and best way to contact in an email to us after submitting.

What will happen to my story? You story may be used as inspiration by a commissioned artist, who will be producing a short puppetry film that celebrates the story of Beverley that will be displayed online and in Beverley Minster June-July 2021. We may share your stories on our website or social media channels but will not include any provided contact details in these instances.

To enter the competition to win 2 x 2022 festival passes, please make sure to have told us your name and contact details through one of the three methods listed above. The best story submission and competition winner will be chosen in May 2021 - all ages welcome to submit! We won't pass your contact details onto any third parties or add you to any marketing lists. The festival pass prize is dependent on us securing funding for the 2022 festival. 

Closing date: Thursday 15th April 2021, midnight

Puppet making and performance activity library of 25 videos free to access!

The award-winning Beverley Puppet Festival usually fills the streets with excited onlookers. Giant creatures roam around Toll Gavel, Butcher Row and the Flemingate Centre; tiny, magical worlds are revealed to unsuspecting audiences in the Friary Gardens and indoor shows for all ages from 0-103 take place at The Friary, East Riding Theatre, Beverley Masonic Hall and Toll Gavel Church Hall.

In 2020 however the Covid-19 pandemic faced us with the painful prospect of cancelling it all. Unthinkable! We decided instead to go online! This was a new adventure for the festival team and one that now spanned two months instead of just one weekend!

Live performances are very different from the medium of film, so the emphasis was on what we all can do at home, not on filming finished performances which we would prefer to see live.  We commissioned three artists’ videos per week to start appearing from May 18th – July 12th 2020 to inspire and invite people of all ages to participate in a diverse range of puppetry-related activities that can be completed at home. All of these videos now remain in our Activity Video Library - free to access!


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