Windsor comic Martin Cabble-Reid launches Ramble Happy

PUBLISHED: 13:47 08 September 2020 | UPDATED: 13:07 10 September 2020

Martin has a newfound sense of freedom   Photo: Ramble Happy

Martin has a newfound sense of freedom Photo: Ramble Happy

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The panto and Britain’s Got Talent star’s Eton mental health boosting walks

As Mr Martin, Basil Brush's sidekick     Photo: Ramble HappyAs Mr Martin, Basil Brush's sidekick Photo: Ramble Happy

I know what you’re thinking... “I recognise that face; that name.” And it’s little wonder. Perhaps you know Martin Cabble-Reid for his alter-ego, Kevin Cruise, who made it through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and appears on stage in the Windsor pantomime every Christmas. Martin has been in the entertainment business for more than 20 years, currently ‘Mr Martin’, Basil Brush’s comedy sidekick, but now he has a new string to his bow.

Martin, who lives in Eton, has always been someone who brings a smile, and during lockdown, he wanted to do something to help promote positivity. “Due to the pandemic, all my gigs, theatre and TV work was cancelled, so I’ve taken this time to create Ramble Happy – a place for mindfulness, rambling, the great outdoors and photography,” he says.

“I have always enjoyed walking, but I really got into rambling last August, during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We’ve travelled all over the UK performing at holiday parks, shopping centres and festivals, including Glastonbury in the Kids’ Field, but this was the first time we were performing our Basil Unleashed adult shows to a 300-seat venue.

“I was anxious, so I decided to join a gym to chill out, but I ended up walking five miles to get there and back. It gave me the time I needed to go through everything in my head and it put me in a much more positive place. It really helped me to feel calmer.

Martin has started a new walking group called Ramble Happy    Photo: Ramble HappyMartin has started a new walking group called Ramble Happy Photo: Ramble Happy

“I was never much of a country kid growing up, but now I love walking my two dogs and sometimes I’m gone for hours. I even have favourite trees and animals. I’ve lost weight too.”

Martin wanted to share this newfound sense of freedom with others, and his newly launched Ramble Happy group walks help people explore the great outdoors and capture the moment through beautiful photography.

“Walking has many health benefits, you’ll meet new people and discover areas you may not have been to before,” he says. “My partner and I moved to Eton because I was doing the Windsor panto. We love the Thames and Jubilee Rivers, the parks and pubs. I can imagine Shakespeare sitting up the corner in the Two Brewers in Windsor, writing his plays. I also love The George in Eton for Sunday lunch.” The couple got married at Fredrick’s Hotel in Maidenhead.

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This year will be Martin’s 11th pantomime season at Theatre Royal, earning him the title of ‘Windsor’s very own Calamitous Comic’. It’s the highlight of his year, and for so many families across Berkshire. “I love the people of Windsor,” he says. “Many events have been brought to a halt for the time being, but I’m overjoyed that we are able to entertain the Windsor people once again with our pantomime Cinderella, as Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the panto.”

Martin admits it’s a worrying time for many people in the industry. As founder of the Kevin Cruise Foundation, which provides Christmas theatre tickets for sick and disadvantaged children and families, Martin and the team also run Performing Arts workshops throughout the year. “During lockdown, we also set up free sessions for those looking to get into the entertainment industry, such as acting crash courses, singing for theatre and more.

“Right now, we have to look to the future and make the most of all opportunities. And I want to share some positivity with people, whether that’s help through the charity, or on one of my rambles. I also have a vision for a Ramble Happy Kids wellbeing festival, so watch this space.”

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