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.

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

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