New fringe festival to bring summer fun to town once restrictions lifted

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Plans have this week been unveiled for an upbeat festival modelled on the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe that will see hundreds of events take place across Tunbridge Wells this summer. It is expected to attract thousands of visitors.

The two-week extravaganza is set to run from July 5 to July 18 – beginning a fortnight after the Government is planning to end all social distancing and Covid restrictions.

Called TW Fringe, it will see acts and performers appearing at scores of venues in the town ranging from local pubs to community halls, churches, The Forum and The Pantiles. There will be a mixture of free and fee-paying attractions.

So far more than 62 acts and 43 venues have signed up to take part.

Organiser Debbie King says visitors will be treated to a range of acts and performances, including music, opera, cabaret, comedy, dance, theatre, film and visual art.

As well as the many venues who have agreed to take part, a range of businesses and community organisations have teamed up to turn the festival plans into reality.

It is hoped TW Fringe will not only see thousands flock to Tunbridge Wells this summer to join in the fun, but also that it could become an annual mainstay.

The Edinburgh Fringe has been running for more than 70 years and attracts more than a million people to the city each year.

TW Fringe will involve both up and coming and established performers of all ages, and will give local artists the opportunity to perform again to live audiences.

For those wanting to get involved, more information can be found at

Photo: © Callum Bennetts/Maverick Photo Agency

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