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Building a special Fringe! Our 2020 dates are July 1-19 and we have now relaxed the entry date of June 1 to give more time for creative thinking from our entrants!  Performers can withdraw at any point and will receive a full refund on request but we are still hoping some kind of Fringe can go ahead. Events are now being listed on the website as they come in and they have been enhanced with gallery and video links in many cases. 

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Entry fee scrapped! In recognition of the difficulties faced by many artists and performers this year, we have made a historic decision that for this year only the entry fee is being scrapped altogether. In the coming weeks, all current entrants are to be contacted to see if they are still able to be part of the Fringe.  Either way, they will receive full refunds. The hope is to increase the number of Covid-19 proof entries on the Fringe with innovative online-only events or other initiatives, perhaps outdoor, that do not contravene government guidelines. Encouragingly we have already received some of these!

Press: Read our latest press release!

Piecing together a Fringe: See our latest blog with lots of ideas for how to keep yourself entertained online!

While we've been in lockdown... We've been having a tidy up and have discovered this wonderful proto Fringe website from 1997! The Fringe all began in 1980. You can revisit our wonderful Fringe40 exhibition here. Fringe desk Gaye has also made us all some Fringey jigsaws - just go to and search for Buxton Fringe! 

Coronavirus: We are still planning for this year’s Fringe in July, and intend for it to go ahead. However, like everyone else, we are concerned about Coronavirus/Covid-19 and we are thinking of all those affected by it. We will follow official advice on how to proceed. Performers should not risk their health or that of the wider community by unsafe practices either during the Fringe or before it. Read our full statement on this. We are extremely sorry that the Buxton International Festival has had to cancel for 2020 but look forward to its return in 2021. Read their latest news.

Ticket sales up by 43%! Read more about the success of Fringe40 and our nearly £350,000 contribution to the local economy! Thanks to everyone who helped us with our entrants' and audience surveys. We are actively working on some of your suggestions!

AGM: Stephen Walker was appointed as Fringe chair succeeding Keith Savage at the AGM on Thursday November 21st.

Fringe App: The Android version of the App is live on the Google Play Store!  The Fringe App is also available for iPhones and iPads from Apple's App Store.

Blogs! Keep up to speed with all things Fringe!

Become a Fringe Friend! Always a good time to become a Fringe Friend with 10% off ticket prices and other great discounts in the town!

Galleries: Enjoy our updated picture galleries  and video gallery

Press releases: Our latest press releases in one place.

Nature knows best: Help us become greener. See the Fringe's environment and ethics page.


Fringe Friends - We now have 178 Friends helping to support the Fringe. It only costs £10 to join us - will you help us reach 200? Thank you to all our supporters,

Buxton Opera House: Check out the Opera House's on-going drama programme including some familiar faces from the Fringe. See for details.

Committee dates: See About Us for dates and details of all committee meetings. We always welcome new volunteers and committee members. See Support Us for more info.