Fringe Festival

Otherwise known as ‘the free part of the festival’!

Our fringe programme is free of charge and open to all. The programme of music, dance and arts events runs throughout the afternoon and evening in parallel with the main line up of concerts, ceilidhs and workshops (for which a festival ticket is needed).

Want to come and play at the festival?

We’ll be hosting a series of free concerts in the garden of the Kings Arms, at which anyone can perform. If you’d like a slot, email Keith Bell ( and he’ll see if he can schedule you. First come, first served. Any genre of music is welcome, although we are unable to accommodate electric bands on this stage.

Elsewhere, there’ll be a chance to take part in a range of inclusive and community-led activities.

Come along to an informal singing workshop with Jackie Oates and Jon Wilks, and grab the opportunity to learn the Whitchurch versions of traditional folk songs like “If I Was a Blackbird” and “The Wild Rover”, which are still sung regularly in the town to this day.

Drink in the atmosphere of traditional folk music sessions and singarounds in the pubs, all are welcome to join in or just listen and enjoy!

Be entertained by Boss Morris, an all-female progressive Morris side from Stroud, and enjoy stunning dance displays from Bampton Morris, Winchester Morris Men and our very own Mayfly Morris.

Join in with drop-in workshops to learn Southern Stepping; an informal, creative style of stepdancing local to Hampshire.