East Sussex Summer Spectacular announced - how to get your tickets

Eastbourne-based comedy ventriloquist Steve Hewlett is putting together The East Sussex Summer Spectacular.

Tom Sangster
Tom Sangster

“I am trying to make things happen after everything entertainers have suffered since 2020,” Steve said.

“I wanted to start a family show in Sussex in the hope it could be an annual event that could bring families and the community together as well as raise funds for local charities.

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    “As a non-profit idea, I and my wife Nina are hosting an afternoon of variety featuring ITV Britain’s Got Talent acts, comedy, Punch & Judy, music acts, bubbles and balloons, Disney Princesses and much more.

    “If it works work, we hope to make it a wonderful thing to look forward to each summer as I will grow the idea and bring amazing entertainers to Sussex families at an affordable price for a fun day out.”

    It will be on August 6 from 12 midday to 5pm in the The Circus just behind Knockhatch on the A22 through the over-flow car park.

    “I have been an Eastbourne resident since 2000. I moved here and I met my wife here. She was a dancer in a show and I was a comedy ventriloquist and I just love the town. I've done loads of shows here and been involved in loads of things and I've got two daughters growing up here. I just ended up staying here, and here I am 22 years later.

    “We’ve been putting on our shows, and we have been speaking about doing a family thing sometime. I do lots of shows in hotels and comedy clubs and cruises and theatre shows but I've never really done a proper big family thing before, and I know the venue and I just thought it had great potential for something like this.

    “We kick off with a friend of mine he will open the show who plays saxophone, Tom Sangster. I have got him and I've got some Disney princesses walking about and I've got a great bubble show with huge bubbles and I've got Peter Lambert who was on Britain’s Got Talent who is a circus act, a crazy, crazy act and is brilliant and I've got an impressionist as well.

    “It is a big variety show and I will do my act as well as hosting. I just want to help out the entertainers and give them a bit of work and give families somewhere to go and help my friend who runs the venue. We're just hoping to set up something for the community. A lot of people really suffered during the pandemic and it is good to have them working again. Even the guy selling the ice cream is a business and it is lovely to support everyone.

    “This is now my 25th year as a professional comedy ventriloquist and I have been all around the world with my characters. My main character is Arthur Lager who is a cheeky old man. He looks like everyone's grandad and if there are grandmas there he will give them a bit of cheek as part of the show.

    “He has done all the Saga cruises and the Disney cruises and everyone loves him. He's a fantastic character to have.”