About the Puppet Festival

Ards Puppet Festival is an annual celebration of the Art of Puppetry!

Taking place in Newtownards, Northern Ireland at Halloween each year, our friendly puppet friends will ensure you have a truly enchanting experience! 

No ghosts or ghouls, just incredible puppet theatre performances and workshops by some of the most talented puppeteers around.

Expect to be amazed by the many different styles of puppetry, such as marionette, ventriloquism, rod and arm puppets, finger and hand puppets, and shadow play.

With lots of bookable shows and free events and activities on offer, this will be a wonderful day out for the whole family!

This year's event takes place on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 October 2023.

The full programme will be available and tickets go on sale on Tuesday 26 September at 10am!