Festival FAQs

Do I need to bring a puppet with me?
If you have one great! If not, don’t worry, there will be a limited amount of practice puppets available for you to use during the hands-on workshops. There will also be plenty of puppets to buy in the resources area if you find a character you like, you can put them straight to use!

Who is the event for?
The Festival is not only for puppeteers! There is so much more available over the two days! It is for anyone wanting to learn new creative skills or find how they can be more creative themselves. Whether you work with children or adults, in Sunday School or the community, the Festival really does have something for you.

Do I need to choose and sign up for workshops before the event?
No, you can pick and choose whichever workshops you want to go to, no pre-booking needed.

What are the competitions for?
To promote excellence in puppetry and to inspire and encourage others to do their best in their own ministries. The competitions are open to all puppeteers and solo puppeteers/ventriloquists. They are not about coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but about improving ability, encouragement and passing on ideas to each other. There is a set criteria and judging form that our judges adhere to. The competition guidelines and judging forms can be downloaded on our main Competitions Page or obtained from the Events Department by calling 01472 241068 or emailing events@onewayuk.com. The Puppet Ventriloquism/Solo Competition, Solo Song Competition and Open Competition take place on the Friday and the Puppet Skit and Song Competition are on the Saturday. There are a limited number of places for the competitions and these are often fully booked, so book early to avoid disappointment. Please note, we have changed the way competitions are booked, these are no longer entered at the same time as booking your Festival passes, they are now reserved through the online form on our Competitions Page.

What postcode do I need for my Sat Nav?
The full address for the venue is: Rugby Centre, Technology Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1AR. The college is built on a new development so your satellite navigation system may not recognise the postcode, try the postcode CV21 1RW. This takes you to the Junction Retail Park on Leicester Road (A426). As you approach the retail park, you will see Laura Ashley ahead and McDonald’s on your left. Do not turn left; go straight over the roundabout on to the new road Technology Drive. You will see the new Rugby Centre ahead. For full directions click here.

Is there parking available?
Yes, there is a large free car park on site right next to the venue.

Where can we stay on Friday night?
You have a wide range of accommodation options for the Friday night, from nearby hotels to church floor accommodation for just £5 per person including breakfast. For all local accommodation and contact details, see our Accommodation Page.

Is there food available at the college? Can I bring my own food and drink?
There will be both hot and cold food available throughout the Festival (see the latest menu on our Food & Drink Page) and there are various restaurants within 10 minutes’ walk of the venue. You are also very welcome to bring your own food and drink to the event.

Is there a supermarket nearby?
Yes, there is a Tesco Express at the Travelodge, 5 minutes’ walk from the college.

Is the event suitable for children?
The Festival is suitable for both adults and children. But please do not bring children under 9 unless they are an active member of a puppet team.

Will there be resources to buy at the event?
Of course! There will be a huge range of all One Way UK resources available to see, try and take home with you, with many items on special offer including the launch of several brand new products and the opportunity to see the latest creations from One Way UK Creative Productions first hand!

Can we come just to the showcase on the Friday night?
Yes, you are very welcome to come just for the showcase. The showcase starts at 7:45pm but you can arrive from 6:30pm (the resources area will be open). It costs only £5 per person payable on the night (cash or card), no need to book beforehand.

How do I register?
Book online by clicking here, by calling the events department on 01472 241068 or you can fill in the Festival Leaflet you may have received in the post. Bookings paying by cheque or debit/credit can be made online, by phone or by post.

Are there any child, student or concession price discounts?
No, there is only a single set price for individual days or for the full weekend, however there are group rate discounts when more than six people book.

What time does the event start and finish?
Friday – Registration is open from 12:00 with the Festival starting at 13:30, it will then finish after the main showcase at 21:35.

Saturday – Registration is open from 8:30 with the Festival starting again at 9:00, it will then finish after the awards presentation and closing worship at 17:00.

Are the workshops only based on puppetry?
No, there are a wide range of workshops available! These include Gospel illusions, ballooning, comedy, science, storytelling, leading Messy Church, creative prayer, working with and including children and adults with learning difficulties, creative dance, all age worship and so much more.

My question hasn’t been answered how can I get in touch?
If you would like any more information on the festival please feel free to click on the live chat button, call us on 01472 241068 or email events@onewayuk.com where we are happy to help!