• Monday 1st June
  • Monday 18th May
  • Sunday 31 May
  • May 29th and 30th
  • Sunday 31st May
  • Friday 29th May
  • Thursday 4th June
  • Friday 22nd May
  • Friday 29th May
  • Sunday 7th June
  • Saturday 30th May May
  • Sunday 31st May
  • 1st & 2nd June
  • Thursday 4th June
  • Bedlam 31st May

Welcome to Bath Fringe Festival 2016

Friday May 27th to Sunday June 12th 2016

The Bath Fringe is a festival of all the arts, with few rules as to what should be in or out – it's what people want to do, and what venues in Bath want to put on. It all happens for 2 long weeks & 3 weekends (17 days or thereabouts) in early summer, in the beautiful city of Bath.

Bath Fringe 2016 runs from Friday May 27 to Sunday June 12 (and probably a few days either side). The 2016 programme will be available here in April. If you're signed onto our mailing list or facebook/twitter feeds, you'll likely get to hear when (tho' irregular events such as ours can disappear under a sea of things that happen every week in news feeds). During 2015 we will keep that year's programme up online as an illustration of the sort of thing that we do.

We are a Fringe of the 'classic' kind (like Edinburgh, Brighton & so on) and among the principles of those is that anyone can put an event in (for a fee, that pays for the programmes we print and put online) if they can organise it. In practice most programming is done by Bath venues, local promoters, or by the artists themselves, and a little bit by the Festival workers & committee. This all comes together so that just about everything in this programme is there because somebody around the place is really enthusiastic about it, and we're sure that's a good thing. The artists have also had to work to get this far: the festival is not paid for out of council tax, lottery money, deep corporate pockets or benefactors (tho' we do have a little from all of those): the shows are financed by artists and venues - and ultimately your ticket money or trade. This art needs your personal investment.

Elegant Bath is a treasure-house of talent and culture, due in no small measure to its antiquity, its spells as spiritual capital of the island, and the fabled musicians, writers, scientists, actors, and artists of its 18th century. You will encounter their heirs throughout the festival, they and the visitors who love the city and its audiences (this means you). We are confident, whether you came here especially for the festival, just happen to be here (we do get a lot of visitors!), or live here or near, that you will find something to your taste, something to surprise you, and something to take you further.

For details of the FAB Fringe Visual Arts events you're on the wrong website but there's a link to it on the menu above or head for www.fringeartsbath.co.uk

Sign onto our emailing list, or join us on Facebook or Twitter, for alerts, insider info, gossip and other things that take our fancy and might tickle yours. If you want to volunteer to help Bath Fringe, or if you want to donate to help us keep the festival going, go to the Contact page.

The 'About the Fringe' menu has some fairly comprehensive background detail on the Festival and the organisation that facilitates it. If you want to know more about the Fringe in general, peruse the menus above and below, or dip around under History. There are archived programmes from recent years, that will show you the sort of thing we do.

Of course this year's is always the best ever!

Stop Press:

One of our favourite ever Spiegeltent gigs gets a re-run in Komedia in prime Festive Season (Sunday December 20th). The Blockheads, complete with all surviving members who are still working, fronted by Mr Dury's great mate Derek the Draw. It will be a storming night, and its a 100% Fringe promotion so it's a way of supporting us into next year. Now you know where to have your mates or works party... Details & booking here

Bedlam The Movie
bedlam 2015 video by Mallabart
Almost as good as being there!

White Hot October
Our old pals White Mink are back at Komedia on October 16th, with series founder and godfather of Electro Swing DJ Nick Hollywood, live acts Don Johnston & Leo Wood from the harder end of the swing thing and summer festival faves Ray of Charles, plus aerialist Abagail Nénuphar soaring above. More details and booking here. Really is a top night out!

Young Person's Laureate
Want to read poems from our Young Person's Laureate Poetry Workshop? Of course you do! Go to our downloads page and you'll find some there.
Congratulations to winners Polly Denny and Sam Wareham Turner.