We are delighted to be able to open fully for indoor and outdoor Puppet Parties with no limits on guest numbers. 

COVID-19 Safety Guidance

We are so happy to bring back the magic of our Puppet Parties, following current government guidance on safe working.

Below are our full COVID-19 safety guidelines, some of which we have maintained despite the relaxation of restrictions.

We continue to offer date transfer options for all our party bookings and waive our usual 7-day cancellation policy, as we know things change quickly and entire classes often have to isolate!

Our Promise

Our Artists

Rust & Stardust follows up to date government guidelines on safely returning to live performance. Our artists have undertaken appropriate training, including Coronavirus Basic Awareness on Production Training, Hand Hygiene, and Safe Application and Removal of PPE. 

We follow the fixed teams approach, which means that where contact is unavoidable, it happens between the same people. 

We will wear PPE where appropriate for loading and unloading, and for set up if necessary. Please do not touch any of our equipment and advise your guests and children to stay away from the clearly marked performance area.

If any of our artists are required to isolate, either with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 or through the NHS Track and Trace scheme, we will endeavour to arrange a cover performer so your party will not be affected. If this is impossible, we will offer you an alternative date free of charge. 

We will carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment for your event.

When artists cannot be 2 metres apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk. For moments of live singing in our shows, we are staying the recommended 3 metres distance apart on stage and from the audience. 

Our Equipment

We have cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance.

We will prepare craft materials for your party 72 hours in advance to minimise transmission risk. 

Please encourage children not to touch our puppets or equipment. 

Venues, capacity and social distancing

Outdoor Parties

The maximum capacity for outdoor parties is no longer restricted. 

Indoor Parties

The maximum capacity for indoor parties is no longer restricted, but we recommend holding your event outside if you have larger numbers of guests, or in a space which can be well ventilated. 

Parties in Private Residences

The government is no longer advising against holding parties in private residences where it is difficult to maintain social distancing and avoid close interaction, but please see our advice regarding indoor parties.

Games and Activities

During the pandemic we created adaptations of our games and activities which minimise risk and make social distancing possible. Please contact us to discuss if you have particular concerns or requirements. 

Toys and Gifts

We recommend that you neither provide or encourage guests to bring toys which may be shared, particularly soft toys. How you manage birthday gifts is at your discretion, but we recommend a specific table where gifts cannot be handled.

Other terms

NHS Test and Trace

Please take a list of contact details for all guests of your party prior to the event. We recommend doing this digitally if possible. We will not ask for these details unless we need to, and expect you to contact us if there is a suspected case among attendees after your event. Please see our Privacy Policy for how we store your information. 


We recommend that all guests wash their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds upon arrival at the venue, or use hand sanitiser if this is not possible. We bring our own sanitiser as part of our equipment which we request you do not share with your guests. 

Our safety and cancellation

We reserve the right to cancel or end a party early if we feel that appropriate safety measures to minimise risk of COVID-19 are not being followed. Our terms and conditions lay out our safe working practice and by booking a party with us you confirm that you have read and understood our guidelines. 

Contact us to book your Puppet Party now!