Ventnor Fringe 10th anniversary

Ventnor Fringe is 10 years old, and next week the Isle of Wight’s southernmost town will be transformed.

There will be pop up venues and bars on every corner, hosting nearly 150 performances of over 90 different shows, alongside many more free events and activities.

This year, the new dates have encouraged a massive range of comedy, mostly previewing work ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe the following week. Top acts to look out for include Glenn Moore, Ahir Shah, Eleanor Tiernan and Bilal Zafar.

The new Magpie Big Top will host theatre performances The Hound of The Baskervilles, The Hit Farce, Impromptu Shakespeare, and Bon Ami, a female led comedy two-hander.

The Book Bus outside St. Catheirne’s Church, a 1930s Parisian bus, transformed into a bookshop, is also hosting free children’s storytelling every morning and will be having regular poets and buskers performing on board.

Ventnor Exchange on Church Street, open everyday from 9am until late, will be providing advice and information on everything going on at the event. The Fringe Review, a daily newspaper, will be listing the day’s free events and ‘secret shows’. For further information and tickets, visit