From an enchanting mermaid gliding through the streets to a shopping dance display there’s something for all the family in towns across Wealden next month in an initiative to promote Wealden’s high streets and increase footfall.
The wide range of fun, free street theatre events will take place in Polegate, Crowborough, Hailsham, Heathfield and Uckfield in March as part of the Streets of Wealden. There is no need to pre-book. The events are funded through the council’s Shared Prosperity Fund from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ and are being delivered by local events company, 18 Hours.
The fun kicks off on Friday 3 March at 4:30pm, in Polegate at St Georges Hall, 110 Eastbourne Road, Polegate BN26 5DF with a puppet show. Hulla Balloony Moon Time! Little children will feel the magic at this riotous, zany show. 45 minutes of cakey fun, puppets and a dance with the moon. Based on ‘Pat-a-cake Baby’ by Joyce and Polly Dunbar, with music and songs by Tom Gray.
On Saturday 4 March, 11.30am–2.30pm in Crowborough, Salana the seal and Marina Mudflat the marine biologist and an Enchanted Flower Globe- Say hello to beautiful Floris in her miniature world, brimming with butterflies, flowers and spring colours. Not to mention The Wardens – empowered with the jurisdiction to enforce any rule or law they see fit. Watch out or you may end up with a ticket!
Hailsham will get a visit on Saturday 11 March, 11.30am–2.30pm from an interactive, unforgettable, spell-binding act, an enchanting mermaid, the world’s first (and only) shopping trolley dance display team and Dolly Delicious will be towering above everyone.
Heathfield will host a puppet show, on Friday 17 March at 4:30pm at Union Church Hall, Station Road, Heathfield TN21 8LB. Woodland Tales – there is something is happening in the woods, Laura the ladybird, Jeffrey the spider, Brett the Woodlouse and Willoughby the Woodpecker are worried.
Finally, the event closes on Saturday 18 March in Uckfield, 11.30am–2.30pm with Yeshe the Yak who is very fond of children who carefully stroke his nose, a mermaid who will glide through the town in a bubbling, shimmering underwater world and many more acts will end the week.
Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden’s portfolio holder for Leisure, said, “The activities planned for the high streets of Wealden sound impressive and fun. I hope that families and communities go out and enjoy their local towns and the displays.
The funding received from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund helps to host events like these and to show support to communities and our local towns and village centres, which is particularly important in the current climate as many continue to experience financial pressures.”
For full information on each event and times please visit www.explorewealden.co.uk and look out for posters and flyers in your local high street