Maintaining the Pelham Puppet tradition.

David Leech is responsible for the design and production of the new Pelham Puppets and for the new range of puppets called the “Tradipups.”

Producing puppets that work well is – and always has been – of paramount importance to David. He draws on years of experience in making puppets that not only look good but most importantly, work well too.

He learned his craft from Bob Pelham and by working in almost every department in the original Pelham Puppets factory during the late 1960s through into the early 1980s.

There is only one way to make a puppet!

Tradipups are not mass produced.  Skill, care, passion and attention to detail go into every puppet we make. Each puppet is hand made and painted by hand. Every costume is carefully cut by hand then individually sewn with care and dedication.

Our aim is to provide value for money, excellent quality puppets that look good, work well and are made to last.

With some initial guidance and by following the enclosed instructions, a child as young as four or five can handle the puppet with ease and confidence. By bringing life and character to the puppet, a child enters a magical world of make-believe, inspiring the imagination and unlike non-animate toys, they can share their developing skills in entertaining others. Because that’s what puppets are all about. They seem to almost yearn for life. They dream of action. Their entire wooden ambition is to become animated. Bob Pelham once said, “A puppet is not just a plaything, it has to walk, talk, sing and dance for someone!”

Every puppet is different, no two are ever exactly the same, each one is unique. They are proving increasingly popular with discerning parents – and grandparents – who are looking for something special, something different, that stands apart from everything else. Our new range of Tradipups are eagerly waiting to “star in your child’s show!” Select a puppet or two and discover what adventures your child or grandchild can create by visiting the Shop page HERE.