Durham's annual Fringe Festival

From Wednesday 28th July to Sunday 1st August 2021, twenty-seven companies put on one hundred and eleven performances in 4 great venues in Durham City. We had magic, dance, stand-up, an aerial act, two bands, 5 new music showcases, cabaret and some great theatre. All the things you might expect in a fringe festival and all in the historic centre of Durham City.

The tickets are great value, most at £8 per show. We hope you were able to sample a range of the shows offered, and maybe something you’ve not tried before.

As we build up to 2022, we’ve kept our 2021 show listing available below so you can get a feel for what it’s all about!

How to make the most if its your first Fringe Festival

  • Invite family or friends; it’s always more fun to go together 
  • The shows are mostly an hour or less, so booking two or three is recommended
  • Enjoy the city’s restaurants and bars; plan time to eat, drink and chat
  • Book the shows you think may be popular as soon as possible 
  • Check the times of the show so you can get from one to the next
  • Pace yourself, make a day/night of it
  • Try something different
  • Don’t forget to keep your fluids up 😉

Tickets £8

Most shows last approx. 1 hour. Prices may vary for longer/shorter shows.

Select a day of the Festival to browse our show calendar

If you'd prefer, you can browse by category

St Chad's Gardens
Assembly Rooms Theatre
Fabio's Bar
City Theatre

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What kind of show are you looking for?

Short on time? Why not look at our show calendar?