Ventnor Fringe Festival

Ventnor Fringe Festival was founded in 2010 by a group of young people living in Ventnor. Taking place in the summer holidays each year, the festival has grown each year, with hundreds of acts having performed in a weird and wonderful selection of venues around the town.

“One hell of a homegrown festival….an authentic, bohemian festival experience” The Independent

In 2019 the Festival celebrated its tenth year and saw more than 300 artists from around the world descend on the town to deliver over 150 performances of 90 different shows.

“…rapidly becoming the country’s most surprising and inspirational multidisciplinary arts festival” The Sunday Times

Below are the latest articles which feature the Fringe.

Ventnor Fringe 2021 promise the most diverse, interesting and creative festival yet

Comedy & Cabaret Tent by Julian Winslow

Ventnor Fringe Festival is shaping up to be the most diverse, interesting and creative it’s ever been, says Jack Whitewood, and the celebration we all need after 2020

Tuesday, 4th May, 2021 5:41pm

By Jack Whitewood

Register to become a volunteer at this year’s Ventnor Fringe Festival

Ventnor Fringe in the Park

Ventnor Fringe Festival welcomes volunteers from all ages and backgrounds. Register today if you want to take part

Thursday, 15th April, 2021 4:31pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight named ‘one of the best places to live in 2021’, of course

Ventnor Fringe - champs - mixed age audience

The Sunday Times showcases all the great things about living on the Isle of Wight

Sunday, 28th March, 2021 1:29pm

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments

Government needs to help festival organisers, says Isle of Wight MP

Ventnor Fringe closing party

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, is calling on the Government to launch a pooled reinsurance scheme to help festival organisers to plan with confidence

Wednesday, 24th March, 2021 9:39am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 7 readers' comments

Ventnor Fringe Festival is back for 2021: Dates now announced

Ventnor Fringe 2019 - dance

It's the news that many have been waiting for - the return of Ventnor Fringe Festival

Thursday, 4th March, 2021 5:52pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Ventnor Fringe announce dates for 2021: Now extended to a socially distanced ten days

Ventnor Fringe act on stage

After having to cancel the 2020 festival, for this year the Ventnor Fringe team have designed it with social distancing in mind. See the details within

Thursday, 7th January, 2021 5:01pm

By Jack Whitewood with one comment

Brave Island: Exciting new creative opportunities for 14 to 25-year-old Islanders

Girl standing in front of wall with drawings on it and Brave Island logo

If you have children or grandchildren on the Isle of Wight who are aged 14-25 let them know about Brave Island

Friday, 6th November, 2020 5:32pm

By Sally Perry

Brave Island: ‘I May Destroy You’ actor launches new opportunity platform for young Islanders

stephen wight and brave island and I May destroy You logo

Brave Island is a new dedicated platform for 14 to 25-year-olds on the Isle of Wight who are interested in the arts and creative industries. And for those who didn't even know they might be

Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 6:34pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival takes a year out in light of Coronavirus: Expect something in its place though

Ventnor Fringe Festival promo image

The thousands who take part in or visit Ventnor Fringe Festival will be disappointed to hear of the cancellation, but organisers still hope to mark the occasion in a special, creative way

Wednesday, 20th May, 2020 1:49pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival announce their first confirmed acts for 2020


Ventnor Fringe Festival returns this July and brings with it a great variety of live music, comedy, theatre, fun for the kids and loads more. Check out the first round of announcements

Friday, 6th March, 2020 6:34pm

By Jack Whitewood

Want to perform at Ventnor Fringe Festival in 2020? Applications now open

artist performing on stage

If you'd like to perform at Ventnor Fringe next year, register as early as possible to be in with the best change of obtaining the slots you’d like

Thursday, 5th December, 2019 11:30am

By Jack Whitewood

Help Ventnor Exchange celebrate their fifth birthday this Saturday

the number 5 on a green background by Tony Hand

The Exchange has been adding value to Ventnor's offering for five years now and the town wouldn't be the same without them

Wednesday, 27th November, 2019 12:59pm

By Sally Perry