News: Guildford Fringe Festival returns in July

Booking is now open for Surrey’s annual multi-arts festival which runs from 2 to 25 July 2021  

Guildford Fringe Festival returns in July with a jam-packed line-up of cultural delights after last year’s event was sadly cancelled due to Covid-related restrictions. Booking is now open at for more than 60 arts events, with further acts to be added to the programme. 

Set up by Managing Director Nick Wyschna in 2013, Guildford’s largest independent multi-arts festival is an open-access celebration featuring theatre, comedy, poetry, music, visual arts, family-friendly shows, talks and free events.  

“It feels great to be talking about Guildford Fringe Festival once again after having to cancel it in 2020.”

Nick Wyschna, Managing Director of Guildford Fringe Festiva

Festival venues this year include Clandon Wood Nature Reserve, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, The Back Room of the Star Inn, The Keep Pub, The Guildhall and the historic town centre of Guildford. Gag House Comedy Superstars kick off the Festival at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 2 July delivering some of the UK’s best stand-up comedy, with headliner Rich Hall.

Rich Hall

The weeks to follow offer the chance for audiences to catch familiar faces, local talent, new writing and perennial classics.  Highlights of this year’s Free Fringe include an al fresco performance of Opera on the Balcony outside the Guildhall, Guildford’s Rock Choir, Surrey Fringe Chorus and Colour with Guildford in Bloom.  

The festival is sponsored by Chapters Financial, Guildford Borough Council, Experience Guildford, Guildford Arts and Churchmill Accountants. Guildford Fringe Festival has also been awarded Cultural Recovery Grant from Arts Council England.

Visit for the full line-up and to book tickets. The Box Office phone number is 01483 361101. During the Festival, the Fringe Team will be at The Star Inn, Quarry Street, 7 days a week, from 6-7pm, where they will run a Box Office for all Festival events and be happy to have a chat.