Punch and Judy visit Cornwall for 350th anniversary

Punch and Judy shows have been a seaside tradition for 350 years Credit: ITV westcountry

Punch and Judy embark on a week-long tour of the Westcountry today [Saturday] to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the puppet show.

Their journey starts in Falmouth, then takes them to Tavistock, Port Isaac before finishing up in Bude.

Punch and Judy first made it's UK debut in London in the 17th century, but records show by the 18th century the puppet duo were pulling in the crowds here in the West Country.

The show was originally aimed at adults. Punch had a mistress and death and the devil were regular characters.

The show may have changed over the years but punch and judy is still going strong. From it's roots in Covent garden in 1662, its now a huge part of seaside holidays for thousands of people.

As part of the show, the two South West puppets will features alongside a puppet from Belgium and one from Italy.