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 celebrates its tenth year and sees 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

Follow this link where the many events taking place at Ventnor Fringe 2019 will appear.

Below are the latest articles which feature the Fringe.

Come to see the Ventnor Giant mural and share your selfies with us

ventnor giant selfie

If you come to see the mural, please do share your photos by tagging the image #VentnorGiantSelfie on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Monday, 5th August, 2019 10:05am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival smashes box office records on tenth anniversary: Dates for 2020 announced

Barney Artist performing at Ventnor Fringe

The Box Office records were smashed with almost 6,500 tickets for Ventnor Fringe Festival being sold. It's no wonder those performing fall in love with this town and want to return.

Wednesday, 31st July, 2019 7:13pm

By Sally Perry

Head to Ventnor this weekend and join in celebrations for the tenth Ventnor Fringe Festival

ventnor fringe in harbourside tent

There truly is something for everyone this weekend at the tenth Ventnor Fringe Festival. Head to Ventnor this weekend and we're sure you'll find plenty to entertain and enrich your soul.

Saturday, 27th July, 2019 11:03am

By Sally Perry

Post Animal head to Ventnor Fringe all the way from Chicago

the band post animal

Think Tame Impala meets King Gizzard in a gig you don’t want to miss! Book now to secure your tickets.

Friday, 26th July, 2019 12:07pm

By Sally Perry

Lift the Lid on Island Culture at today’s fun family picnic at Ventnor Fringe

Poster for Lift the Lid picinic

Head to Ventnor for this fun family picnic where you can hear fantastic stories about the Island's culture.

Friday, 26th July, 2019 9:24am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival shows starting to sell out. Don’t miss out, book now

Gerard Harris on stage

There are 150 performances of over 90 shows to choose from at this year’s Ventnor Fringe Festival, many are selling out, so snap yours up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 8:56am

By Sally Perry

Make sure you grab a Ventnor Fringe Pack this week

fringe pack

Head to the Ventnor Exchange to grab your Ventnor Fringe Pack which includes lots of goodies you'll need to enjoy the festival.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 1:06pm

By Sally Perry

Last call for Ventnor Fringe Festival volunteers: Give a few hours and become part of the VFringe family

people in large circle at ventnor fringe festival

If you have some spare time, why not get involved? As previous a volunteer says, you’ll meet some of the kindest and most talented people you could imagine, all in this most amazing town.

Sunday, 21st July, 2019 9:41am

By Sally Perry

The Women’s Bureau of Rebellion: Stories of the mischievous, passionate and strong at secret Ventnor Fringe location

Joe Carstairs

As well as the exhibition including film, poetry, photography and installation art, the Bureau would like you to share your own stories of inspirational women by leaving notes at the exhibition. But you have to find its secret location first!

Thursday, 18th July, 2019 2:00pm

By Sally Perry

Curating 1930’s Parisian Book Bus for Ventnor Fringe a labour of love, hosts tell OnTheWight

The Book Bus

The Book Bus is one of our favourite places at the Ventnor Fringe Festival. We were interested to recently learn more about how the incredible range of books for sale are selected and more about the hosts, Jen and Tom.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 6:20pm

By Feature Writer

Don’t miss the many brilliant shows at next week’s Ventnor Fringe Festival

Hound of the Baskervilles poster image

There are 150 performances of over 90 shows to choose from at this year's Ventnor fringe festival, so we've shared a few highlights that are selling fast to help you choose.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 4:21pm

By Sally Perry

Charlie Dore, Kindred Spirit, Uncle Rust and Doozer McDooze all play Ventnor Fringe

Charlie Dore / Uncle Rust / Doozer McDooze / Kindred Spirit - all performing on stage

Isle of Wight Venue Campaign is adding to Ventnor Fringe's programme with a returning show, as well as a new show in a new venue featuring three acts!

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 3:25pm

By Sally Perry