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Puppet & Creative Ministry Festival RUGBY

Friday 1st November 2019 @ 12:00 pm - Saturday 2nd November 2019 @ 5:00 pm

£26 – £44

As we travel throughout the UK and attend some of the main Christian conferences, we have the opportunity of meeting and introducing puppetry and creative arts to people who might not have thought that they had a particular gifting in this area. Many attend our training days each year, where during a full day of intensive and hands-on training they leave inspired, encouraged and equipped to develop a puppetry ministry in their own church. But where do you go next?

Our Puppet and Creative Ministry Festival is for everyone, adults and children, who want to learn how to share the Gospel of Christ using their creative skills. With over 80 exciting workshops, two and a half hours of spectacular main stage performances, six competitions, an enormous range of creative arts resources on display and so much more, it's going to be an incredible two days... and all of this is available from just £37 per person for the full Festival!

We will be announcing our excellent workshop leaders confirmed for our 2019 event over the coming months... watch this space.

Discover new ideas through an extensive range of hands-on workshops including a wide variety of basic and advanced puppetry techniques along with many more covering:

Gospel illusions, drama, comedy, amazing science object lessons, ballooning, storytelling, ventriloquism, script writing, working with children and adults with learning difficulties and SEN, leadership skills, toddler groups, schools work, outreach, worship, all-age services, props and staging, sound and lighting and more!

All for both the absolute beginner and plenty of classes for those who are more experienced and keen to develop their skills further.

Return home inspired and equipped with skills and resources to use in your services, Messy Church, Open the Book sessions, outreach and work in the schools and community!

Our Rugby College venue offers excellent facilities with a large free car park on site, spacious workshop rooms, fantastic main stage, full disabled access, in-house catering and more! Along with a range of great value hotels nearby, we are also able to offer church accommodation again this year at only £5 per person including breakfast.

Rugby College is only a five minute walk from Rugby train station and is just off the M1, junction 19 (onto the M6).

View full directions here...

The team are busy bringing together the 2019 Workshop Schedule which we will be released closer to the event with the full range of brilliant workshops that will be available. Last year we had 83 workshops, covering not only new puppetry techniques but also, as requested on feedback from previous events, a wide range of children, youth and family ministry training, technical workshops and new illusion classes as well. So if you are one of the many regular delegates at the Festival there will be plenty of brand new workshops for you to develop your skills further. If it is your first time joining the Festival, don't worry we will have a great range of basic and introductory workshops to help you get started.

The main showcase on Friday evening will see the 2019 Puppet Academy Team performing a number of brand new songs using a wide variety of puppets, techniques and creative arts, pushing the boundaries once again! We hope that this will inspire you to try out new performance ideas in your own teams. Alongside the Puppet Academy team on the Friday night and also in a second different showcase on the Saturday will be our outstanding UK and International guests bringing you a total of two and a half hours worth of performances! Check out the full two day programme.

The Festival will also feature six competitions including: Song, Skit, Open, Ventriloquism/Solo Puppetry, the Lip Sync Challenge and a Creative Arts Competition. For full details on the competitions, guidelines and judging forms visit our competition page. Don't forget to book your place early as these competitions fill up quickly.

Not forgetting live worship at the start of each day with Shane Rootes as well as the opportunity to network with others, share ideas, find other teams that are local to you and encourage one another.

At the Puppet Festival, there will also be our largest range of resources available for you to see, try and take back home with you, with many items on special offer. This will include all of our brand new product launches as well!

Early Bird Ticket Prices:

Individual Weekend - £44
Individual Day - £29
Group Weekend (6+) -  £39
Group Day (6+) - £26

(for bookings before Tuesday 22nd October)

Standard Ticket Prices:

Individual Weekend - £52
Individual Day - £34
Group Weekend (6+) -  £47
Group Day (6+) - £31

(for bookings after Tuesday 22nd October)

Feedback from the 2018 Festival:

"Thank you for another fabulous Festival. I really appreciate all the hard work everyone puts into making this such a fabulous time for us all. The Academy Team were even better this year- they have set themselves a high target to beat next year. I learned a lot, I was professionally entertained and had the chance to meet up with old friends. Counting down to next year now."

"Another fantastic year, brilliant workshop, great acts. Puppet Academy fab! Keep up the good work, see you next year! Thank you for all your hard work."

"It was my first Festival and I absolutely loved it! I have learned so much in this two days. Thank you so much for organising it."

"I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work you put into the puppet festival this weekend. We were only able to make it for the day today but we can thoroughly say that we really enjoyed it. I've been before a few years ago but it's the first time that I've brought along our other puppeteers. We have a few younger members of the group and all of them really enjoyed it... It was brilliant to see them getting so much from it and so enthused from all the different things going on. It's clear how much work goes into this weekend and I just wanted to tell you how we've really appreciated. Hope to see you again next year!"

"Thank you once again for all your hard work in putting on another Festival. As usual, it was brilliant, well done!"

"Another great Festival, full of inspiring ideas. Thank you!"

"Thank you so much for running this event. It is so inspiring and you all work so hard to put on what is an amazing weekend. Well done."

"Loved that it was not just about creativity but with a clear focus on how we can bring the Gospel to others."

"Great Festival, thanks! Fantastic Acts, Puppet Academy was amazing. Good venue and facilities. Plenty of parking and the church we stayed in was nice and close to the college."

"Fantastic, varied, well organised, no-one appeared as the big I am, willingness to share knowledge and engaging us. Absolutely fantastic, well done to you all."


Festival Weekend Pass (Individuals)£44.00

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Festival Weekend Pass (Group Rate 6+)£39.00

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Festival Day Pass (Individuals)£29.00

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Festival Day Pass (Group Rate 6+)£26.00

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Friday 1st November 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Saturday 2nd November 2019 @ 5:00 pm
£26 – £44
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Rugby College
Technology Drive
Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 1AR United Kingdom
01472 241068