Wooden puppet and toy rocket


Embark on a nostalgic journey through the enchanting world of puppetry with our exhibition, Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry. Running from 29 March to 30 June, this exhibition is a celebration of the art and legacy of early television puppeteers, including local legend Joy Laurey and the renowned Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Step into a realm of nostalgia with puppets from classic television shows. The exhibition features a diverse collection, from Joy Laurey’s beloved Mr Turnip puppet to your favourite Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Productions characters, including the captivating Lady Penelope.

Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry is more than an exhibition; it’s a tribute to the pioneers of television puppetry and an invitation to revisit the magic of these timeless shows. Suitable for visitors of all ages, this exhibition is a must-see for fans, families, and anyone with a love for the artistry and charm of classic TV puppetry.

This event is appropriate for ages 6+

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Thunderbirds and Co : The Joy of Puppetry


Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ

Tel: 01206 282939

Opening Times

Season (29 Mar 2024 - 30 June 2024)