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Norwich Puppet Theatre

The Main Stage


The festival takes place at the Norwich Puppet Theatre, located in the heart of Norwich city centre. The theatre is a historic and beautiful building, both inside and out, with a large main stage and seating area, as well as the octagon room, which is perfect for workshops. Being in the city centre, there is plenty of parking around the area and lots to do during the break. It has a lovely outdoor space at the back of the venue, where the closing ceremony takes place in privacy, yet can still be outdoors. However, being an old medieval stone building does come with one drawback. Sometimes it can get cold, so if you tend to fill the chilly easily, then you might want to bring an extra layer.

"Norwich Puppet Theatre is one of only a handful of theatres in England that is dedicated to creating, presenting and supporting innovation in puppetry and related art forms. Throughout the year, NPT programmes leading international puppetry companies for Early Years audiences, families and adults. We also create and tour our own productions; recent shows include The Tinderbox, Pied Piper and Red Riding Hood. We hold regular workshops for all age groups and provide professional development opportunities with masterclasses led by leading figures within the industry.

The Theatre is housed in a Grade 1 listed Medieval building in the centre of Norwich, the church of Saint James, which still includes many original features but is also now home to a large family of puppets."
~ Taken from

Norwich Puppet Theatre:

Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN

Getting to the venue

The Norwich Puppet Theatre can be found in the centre of the city of Norwich. You can travel here in a number of ways, including rail, bus and car.


For those wishing to drive, there is a large public car park within just a short walking distance from the theatre. It is called St Saviours and can be found under the Magdalen Street flyover - access by car from Fishergate or Magdalen Street.

After parking, to get to the Theatre, you then walk through the car park with the flyover on your left hand side as you approach the Barrack Street roundabout you will see the Puppet Theatre directly ahead of you.

We have a limited number of parking spaces available on the day at the venue itself, which we try to keep clear for disabled parking. If you should wish to have one of these disabled spaces, then please contact us before the event to guarantee a place.


Various services (including the Airport & Sprowston Park & Ride services*) stop at the Magdalen Street flyover by Anglia Square Shopping Centre.

[*Note you can get a transfer ticket on any Park & Ride bus to make use of these services to get to the Puppet Theatre]

From the bus stop it is a two minute walk to the Theatre. Walk through the car park with the flyover on your left hand side, you will come to the Barrack Street roundabout and will see the Puppet Theatre directly ahead of you.


There are regular trains running to Norwich from London, Cambridge and other places through-out Norfolk. Norwich Rail Station is about 25 minutes walk from the Theatre. The most pleasant route is along the riverside footpath which you access via the terrace of the Complete Angler pub which is opposite the station.

Follow the path round past Pulls Ferry, the Red Lion Pub, Cow Tower and the Magistrates Courts until you come up to Whitefriars road (by a concrete bridge). Turn right over the bridge and proceed to the roundabout at the end and you will see the Puppet Theatre on your right.

Alternative walking routes: follow either Riverside Road or Prince of Wales Road.