The three venues used for the festival are all within Central Govan, easily accessible by public transport. Govan Subway Station is a few minutes walk away. Govan Bus Station is well served  with frequent bus services (check Traveline Scotland to plan your journey).

Govan Old Parish Church, 866 Govan Rd G51 3UU
Govan Cross Church, 796 Govan Road G51 2YL
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU

Link to Open Street Map of the area



Tickets for all events are £1 at the venue.

Friday 14th June:

1800- The Pearce Institute Jay Griffiths- Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape (more information below)

Saturday 15th June:

1200- Govan Old Parish Church Sixpenny Pies, Penny Geggies (ages 5+)

Penny Geggies returns to Govan with some slap-stick nonsense based on nursery rhymes. Who will rid the kingdom of the big green ogre? Will Princess Alexandra find her handsome prince? Who ate all the pies? All of these questions and more will be ignored in a riotous production by this much-missed puppet theatre company.

1300- Govan Cross Church The Great Silkie, Pirie Park Primary 5 (ages 4-94)

A magical tale from Orkney. A selkie- a seal at sea and a man on land- comes ashore looking for a girl to have his child.

1400- Govan Old Parish Church The Magic Horse, Yugen Puppets (ages 5+)

When Fingal – the hero of our story – is given a magic horse, his life changes forever. The horse takes him to a prince, who tells him to fetch a princess, who in turn sends him on a number of quests. But who will marry the princess – Fingal or the prince? In this Scottish fairy tale, Yugen uses storytelling with audience involvement. Children become courtiers, mountains and magnificent castles. Puppets move through human forests, fields and snapping crocodile waters. This show uses cloth puppets in a setting of patchwork trees, fields and sky and has an original Scottish soundtrack.

1500- Govan Cross Church The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Branches Nursery (ages under 6)

Eric Carle’s story of the hungry caterpillar that eats everything in sight.

1600- Govan Cross Church The Garden Waits For Spring, Govan High (ages 7+)

Pupils of Govan High have devised a piece of puppet theatre which deals with their concerns about climate change, the balance of the seasons and their interest in gardening. Can the evil Jack Frost be beaten by team-work, loyalty to friends and a bit of magical know-how? Don’t ask the seagulls – they’ve got more than enough to say for themselves!

1630- Govan Old Parish Church Sixpenny Pies, Penny Geggies (ages 5+) (repeat of earlier performance)

Sunday 16th June:

1100- Govan Cross Church Feeding the Crowd, Gingerbread Puppets (this show is free and forms part of regular Sunday morning worship- suitable for all ages)

A bible story. Jesus sails across Lake Galilee. A  crowd follows him by land. How are all these people to be fed?

1300- Govan Old Parish Church Sixpenny Pies, Penny Geggies (ages 5+)

1400- Govan Cross Church Theseus and the Minotaur, Gingerbread Puppets (suitable for all ages)


Classical tale from ancient Greece. Theseus, a prince of Athens goes into the labyrinth in Crete to struggle with the Minotaur , a creature that is half-man half-bull.

1500- Govan Old Parish Church Sixpenny Pies, Penny Geggies (ages 5+) (repeat of earlier performance)

1600- Govan Old Parish Church The Man Who Planted Trees, Puppet State Theatre (age 7 to adults)

This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world.


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