PUPPETS. If you love glove puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets then Charleville-Mézières is the place for you! Every two years they have an international puppet festival that takes over the centre of the town. It is now in its 18th year. When we visited, we watched an old man tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood using props that were fixed onto the front of his bicycle. When he had finished he folded it all up and rode away! I assumed that nothing like it existed in the UK, but I have just found out that Beverley, near Hull, also has a puppet festival every two years. Beverley has 9,000 visitors and Charleville 150,000! Charleville not only hosts the festival it has a School of Puppetry.

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