Planning your time at the Fringe

How to make the most of Ventnor Fringe

With so many shows on at the Fringe in can be hard to know where to start! We’ve put together some helpful tips & tricks to help you make the most of your time in Ventnor!

Whether you’re a seasoned Fringe veteran, or it’s your very first time at the festival, take these points on board and you can’t go wrong!

Take a risk!

Ventnor Fringe features just about every creative discipline you can imagine so don’t just stick to what you know, get stuck in! Take a chance – after all, variety is the spice of life, and some of the best experiences come when you’re willing to take a risk and try something new! From Shakespeare to Bingo, there’s something for all.

Sign up for 2for1 ticket deals

If you’re planning to see more than 3 or 4 shows at the Festival and you’re the sort of person who plans ahead, it might be worth investing in a Ventnor Exchange Culture Pass. These can be purchased for £35 and gets you access to loads of 2for1 ticket deals. Normally over two thirds of all shows at the festival offer this discount, but numbers are limited so if you’re the sort of person who likes to wait and decide what to see on the day, this might not be as advantageous.

Sign up for Culture Pass here

Explore the Free Fringe

Sometimes the best things in life are free! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore Ventnor during the Fringe and between ticketed shows. As well as the main social area of the Fringe Village in Ventnor Park where there is a street food market, bars, a bandstand with live music everyday and various workshops, there are also loads of buskers, street performers, pop up exhibitions and installations right around the town to discover.

Book (some) tickets fast!

It’s always fun to explore on the day and see what takes your fancy, but if there are a few key shows you definitely want to see it’s worth booking for these in advance as many performances will inevitably sell out in advance. In particular look out for shows in smaller venues like Flowersbrook Inn, Ingrams Yard, Pier Street Playhouse and Ventnor Arts Club.

When in doubt, head to Ventnor Exchange

If you’re ever not sure where to go, what to do, or need some advice on how to work your way around the Fringe, your best bet is to head to Ventnor Exchange (11 Church Street, PO38 1SW) This is the main Box Office and information point where our team is always on hand to help. Open 09:00 – 00:00 every day during the Fringe.

Seek out the Fringe Review

Not sure what to see? The Fringe Review team are here to help!

Check out podcasts, videos and updates on social media or pick up a copy of the Fringe Review paper, which is released throughout the festival and available to pick up for free in any of the main venues.

If your aged under 25 Brave Island offer opportunities to get involved writing/recording or presenting for the Fringe Review. Find out more here