Streets of Wealden events begin

The first of several Streets of Wealden events kicked off last weekend with a range of activities in Polegate and Crowborough.


Other events are taking place in Hailsham, Heathfield and Uckfield this month.


The Streets of Wealden initiative promotes Wealden’s high streets in a bid to increase footfall with fun, free street theatre events taking place. The events are funded through the Wealden District Council’s Shared Prosperity Fund from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ and are being delivered by local events company, 18 Hours.


On Friday 3 March, Wealden’s vice-chairman Councillor Angela Snell visited Polegate to watch the first event – a puppet show called Hulla Balloony Moon Time! The show featured 45 minutes of cakey fun, puppets and a dance with the moon all based on Pat-a-cake Baby by Joyce and Polly Dunbar, with music and songs by Tom Gray.


Councillor Angela Snell, said, “The puppet show was great, it was really interactive and comical, definitely a family favourite.”


Wealden council’s chairman Councillor Ron Reed attended the second event in Crowborough on Saturday 4 March which featured performers Salana the seal and Marina Mudflat the marine biologist, Floris in her Enchanted Flower Globe brimming with butterflies and flowers, the Crimplene Crusaders and Dolly Delicious, who skated around the high street entertaining residents.


Councillor Ron Reed said, “The events at Crowborough were great. There were so many different acts which appealed to different age groups. It was a lot of fun and I would encourage residents to go along to the other events in the district this month.”


The Flower Globe and other acts will be back on Saturday 11 March, in Hailsham from 11.30am–2.30pm alongside the world’s first and only shopping trolley dance display team and Dolly Delicious.


On Friday 17 March in Heathfield town centre, there will be a Puppet Show from 4.30pm at the Union Church Hall with Woodland Tales by Pickled Image.


The final event is in Uckfield on Saturday 18 March from 11.30am-2.30pm in the High Street with Yeshe the Yak, the Whizzers and many more acts.


Councillor Philip Lunn, Wealden’s portfolio holder for Leisure, said, “I am pleased that so many people attended to show support at last weekend’s entertainment at Polegate and Crowborough. It was thoroughly enjoyed by residents and I hope that Heathfield, Uckfield and Hailsham have just as many visitors coming along and enjoying the weird and wonderful acts.”


For full information on each event and times please visit and look out for posters and flyers in your local high street