Steve Royle

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Royle will be bringing madness, mirth and mayhem to the Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender in Bootle this May! 

Steve, a legendary comedian, juggler and variety star, wowed millions of TV viewers when he reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2020. 

People will be able to see him at the new Salt and Tar events space in Bootle on Saturday 25th May 2024, with tickets just £5 each (plus booking fee). Doors open at midday for a 1pm start. 

Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender compere and comedian Brendan Riley will also perform at the Family Fun Day at Salt and Tar.

This family event isn’t just fun for the kids; Steve and Brendan promise to keep the grown-ups laughing as well. 

Tickets are available via the SeeTickets website here 

Steve said: “I really enjoyed performing at the very first Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender last year, and I’m excited to be back for this year’s event. 

“It is a fantastic new events space to perform in, really unusual, with lots to offer. Salt and Tar is a lovely little space. 

Steve Royle. Photo by Andy Hollingworth

“Last year we saw a fantastic mix of people coming to see all the shows, and there’s a real mix of acts to enjoy this year as well. 

“With comedy festivals, sometimes they just focus on big name stand up comedians, and it’s great that the Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender has something for the whole community to experience with big name acts, up and coming comedians, new comedians with Bootle Stands Up, and family fun days.” 

Audiences will have a lot to look forward to, and it’s a great chance for people who enjoyed watching Steve’s performances on Britain’s Got Talent to see such a unique, talented performer in a live show. 

Steve said: “I will be bringing all my big guns to the Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender! 

“Some of the most eye-catching things I did on Britain’s Got Talent I will be bringing to Bootle – plus a few extra surprises too. 

“I have a new ventriloquism part of my act, where I’ll be bringing Mankey Monkey on stage. 

“Britain’s Got Talent was such a fantastic experience. 

Steve Royle

“For me it was a very different experience to other performers, because I was doing it during the Covid pandemic year. 

“We did our shows in front of a big TV audience at the start of the show. But then we went into lockdown. Everyone was at home when the show was on, so we were getting record audiences! People really needed to be entertained. 

“All my other work dried up in that year, as it did for other performers. They were difficult times for everyone. 

“I really enjoyed appearing on the show. I have a lot to thank Britain’s Got Talent for!” 

Many people may also remember Steve Royle from his time working as the court jester at Camelot theme park near Chorley in Lancashire. 

It’s where he transformed part of his juggling act from objects such as juggling balls to bigger objects – like guitars. 

He said: “I was at Camelot for 13 years! I loved my time there. 

“I had to redevelop my act from juggling things like bean bags to much bigger objects like guitars. 

“We had an auditorium which could seat 2,5000 people so no-one sitting at the back could see you juggling bean bags! The act had to become bigger and more visual. 

“It was a very experimental time of life. Because we had so many regular customers who kept coming back time and time again, I had to keep writing new shows and new material. It was a very creative time in my career. 

“I hope lots of people get themselves down to the Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender in Bootle this May. I am looking forward to entertaining you all!” 

The 2024 Salt and Tar Comedy Weekender will take place from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th May with tickets from just £5 each for the comedy bonanza.

There is a special twist this year, as a special charity event will kick off the weekend of entertainment. Over the past seven weeks, a group of Sefton residents have been honing their comedy skills at a series of workshops. On opening night, they will have the chance to put their training into action at their first ever stand-up gig. The night, sponsored by Dowhigh, will raise money for local charity Ykids.

Gary Delaney headlines on Friday evening. Delaney, who has appeared on the likes of Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week, is supported by local comedians Katie Tracey and Brennan Reece.

Salt and Tar promises family-friendly fun during the day on Saturday with comedy bingo and the return of Britain’s Got Talent’s Steve Royle. That evening, Bingo Nights UK will bring the party with their ever-popular Disco Bingo.

Family fun returns on the Sunday with John Harding’s Magic Show while Seann Walsh, Hal Cruttenden and Peter Rethinasamy will bring the curtain down in the evening.

Food and drink over the weekend will be provided by Salt and Tar regulars The Bus Yard and Bun & Pickle. While the comedy events are ticketed, the rest of Salt and Tar will remain open from Friday to Sunday at no cost. This includes access to food and drink, as well as live family-friendly entertainment.

Tickets for this year’s Comedy Weekender can be found on

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