Diane’s Paddington & Little Venice Tour With Puppet Theatre Barge

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Friday May 10th 2019
11:00am - 4:00pm

Paddington Station
Paddington W2 1HQ

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Canal Side Walkways, New Bridges, Victorian Terraces And String Marionettes

£20 members, £25 non-members

Your ticket includes a guided tour by Diane, our Blue Badge Guide, and a Puppet Theatre visit.

This tour is open to all ages, but event attendees tend to be 50+. Diane will introduce you to Who Londoners at the beginning of the tour.

In the morning Diane leads a walk around Paddington. With canals, trains, trams and the Underground Paddington became a vast transport hub. However, today the maintenance and goods yards, once hidden away from public view, have been transformed with canal side walkways, new bridges, bars/restaurants and cafes where we can pause for lunch.

Add into the mix some nearby elegant Victorian terraces and St Mary’s hospital where penicillin was first discovered, and we have a good mixture of old and new.

After the break we’ll walk along the canal towpath to attractive Little Venice where we’ll visit the Puppet Theatre Barge. This is a 72 foot long Thames lighter turned into a permanent theatre.

The stage was designed specially to put on shows using string marionettes. Initially based at Camden Lock it moved to its winter base at Little Venice in 1986 and has been here ever since. The show tours westward along the Thames during the summer months when it can usually be found in Richmond. Fellow Blue Badge Guide Rob Humphreys who, when he’s not guiding, runs the barge with his family, will give us a talk about the history of Puppetry in London followed by a demonstration of different types of puppet.

***Meet on Platform 1 of Paddington Station (main line, NOT underground) by the Toilets/Costa Coffee at 11am. The tour finishes at approximately 4pm at the Puppet Theatre Barge which is approximately 5 minutes walk from Warwick Avenue Tube.***




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All event attendees must be age 50+