How does Fringe work?

Here at Fringe HQ we act as ‘facilitators’ between you and your venue and undertake promotion of your event to the best of our ability.

We are also here to offer any help or advice in choosing a suitable venue, or to answer any questions you may have.

The venue list created by Shaftesbury Fringe is for information only. We have no involvement in these venues and you need to negotiate your arrangements with them directly. Some are free and some charge.


How long should my show be?

Fringe shows normally run for 30 minutes to 1 hour – but there is no ‘normal’ in Fringe!

The length of your show depends on your type of performance and any time restrictions that may exist at your chosen venue.  You can check this with them directly.


Can I sell tickets to my show?

Our experience is that the most popular shows are free of charge. However you are of course welcome to ‘pass the hat’ around an appreciative audience!

If you do decide to charge an entrance fee, please note that this is your responsibility and you need to ensure that you have somebody to collect money for you on the door. This is not the responsibility of your chosen venue (unless you have arranged this with them) or Fringe HQ.


When is the deadline for registering my show?

We will need to have received your online registration form with payment no later than 13th April 2020.


What information is needed to register?

Please check out the information on How To Register Your Show.


How much is the registration fee?

The registration fee for 2020 is £25 per performance per venue (or £15 performance if you register during January 2020). You will be asked to pay by credit/debit card or by PayPal during the registration process.


What does my registration fee give me?

The registration fee gives you access to all the promotion, marketing and support services of Shaftesbury Fringe. These include:

– Free listing of your event and image in 10,000 copies of our full colour A5 Shaftesbury Fringe Programme.

– Free online listing of your event with image(s) on shaftesburyfringe.co.uk.

– Free promotion on social media.

– Support from our Fringe Team during the Fringe weekend.

– Assistance and support with all aspects of your Shaftesbury Fringe visit.


What accommodation is available?

Please book your accommodation as early as possible. See Where to Stay.