23-28 July 2019

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2019 the Ventnor Fringe is a week long festival which sees the Island's southernmost town totally transformed into a whole world of pop up venues and bars in every conceivable space, hosting over 100 different shows. 

From outdoor cinema, the best new comedians and gigs in the harbour to the truly barmy events like improvised hip hop in a Laundrette or a 1930's Parisian 'Book Bus' the Fringe has something for everyone!  Best of all you can pick and choose which ticketed events to see or simply explore the many free events on offer.

 'One hell of a homegrown festival....an authentic, bohemian festival experience"The Independent

"...rapidly becoming the country's most surprising and inspirational multidisciplinary arts festival" - The Sunday Times


The Ventnor Fringe and its sister event, the Ventnor International Festival, together welcome more than 300 artists to the Island's southernmost town every July/August for a unique celebration spanning six days.

Theatre, comedy, music and film events take place right across the picturesque town spanning warehouses and empty buildings to a harbour, churches and even local’s front rooms!

Catch a puppet show in a launderette, a midnight cellist concert in an 11th century chapel, morning yoga sessions in the park or a late night party in a network of abandoned tunnels. Whatever your age and whatever your budget, don’t miss this extraordinary week in Ventnor.

Described by The Sunday Times as "...rapidly becoming the country's most surprising and inspirational multidisciplinary arts festival" and The Independent as 'One hell of a homegrown festival....an authentic, bohemian festival experience".

TICKETS: Details coming soon

To whet your appetite, here's a video from last year's Fringe:-

THEM TWO at it AGAIN - Thursday July 25  - 21.00 at Hygeia House (next to Tesco), 64 High Street, Ventnor PO38 1LT 

BRAND NEW SHOW. Back with a bang, ‘furiously fabulous’ duo, Them Two, are AT IT AGAIN. Following sell-out shows, festival veterans Donna Jones MBE and Joan Ellis bring you a brand-new show that won’t be pigeon-holed. Real life tales, told through a mix of jokes, poetry and prose, to make you laugh and cry.

'Joan and Donna brought a warmth to my heart' – Two Lasses in London

'Two fine performers. Touching and funny.' – Faversham Fringe

'furiously fabulous females… two severely interesting, talents and inspirational women…heartfelt anecdotes… a bloody good laugh' – Ventnor Fringe Review

'imaginative and full of wit and glamour but also managed to touch on profound issues – a smashing occasion.' – Isle of Wight Literary Festival


DIED BLONDES - Tuesday July 23  -  19.00 at Hygeia House (next to Tesco), 64 High Street , Ventnor PO38 1LT

Marilyn Monroe, movie star. Ruth Ellis, murderer. Infamous women. Famous last words, reimagined by award-winning writer and performer, Joan Ellis. Died Blondes pieces together the latest theories to give these two so-called dumb blondes a voice moments before they die. The women had more in common than a bottle of peroxide. They were ambitious, not afraid to use their charms on men to get what they wanted but found themselves abused by men too.

Joan Ellis as Marilyn Monroe, whispers secrets about the Kennedy clan to ex-husband, Joe DiMaggio, in her final paranoid phone call. She relives her past and fends off threats from intruders. Are they real or imagined?

Joan as Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, alone in her cell minutes before her execution, reads her letter to lover, David Blakely, justifying why she shot him. She had been humiliated and beaten for the last time and took the ultimate revenge.

'Hottest show in town…triumph…spellbinding' – Ventnor Fringe 2018

'Fascinating theatre…convincing and beautifully contrasted, subtly observed.' – The Fine Times Recorder

'Watch Joan Ellis. She’s really quite the writer' – Clapham Fringe 2018

Getting to the Ventnor Fringe is easy via Southampton.

By car - catch the ferry to East Cowes and then head south on Dover Road. Take the A3021, Briddlesford Rd, A3056 and B3327 to Steephill Down Rd in Ventnor. It will take about 30 minutes.

On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses (service 1) to Newport where you can change at the bus station for Ventnor (service 3). Taxis are also available outside the West Cowes Red Jet terminal. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from the Red Jet if you tell them your arrival time.

20% off vehicle Travel

You can get 20% off travel to Polar at Robin Hill (between 29 Nov - 21 December) using the express booking engine below. Valid for ferry crossings from Southampton to East Cowes. Standard terms and conditions of carriage apply.

Ferry Travel


No. travelling - 1 adult