What to expect

We'll have a stunning line-up of acts celebrating a diversity of music, drama, poetry & literature from within our immediate community and across the region:

We are delighted that superb bands such as The Publicans, Stealth Legion and Parfanon have already confirmed. Helena, who delivered such a powerful opening performance last year is set to return.

The wonderful Exeter Authors Association will be delivering a thrilling variety of performances culminating in the running of the Black Dog. A hugely significant cultural event that we are delighted to be able to host. Authors including Tracey Norman, Jennifer Ash, P.J.Reed, Richard Dee, Susie Williamson and Mark Norman will all feature.

Drama, Musical Theatre and Performance Arts will all feature too.

There's more on all of this below...

In total 30+ hours of entertainment across the site and all at an amazing entry price, making this a fabulous day out for the entire family.

In addition, we have a selection of craft stalls, food outlets, bars including a FARMHOUSE CIDER BAR, ample parking, children's entertainment.

What's on offer

Performance tents, street stalls, buskers, food stalls, bars and a variety of other attractions combine to make this a Bank Holiday event like no other. We’ve kept pricing attractive too...

Pricing

Early Bird Entry, pre 5pm on the gate - £3/adult, £1/11-16yrs, u11/Free
Evening Gig Only Entry, after 5pm on the gate - £7.50/adult, £1/11-16yrs, u11/Free

Musical Line-up

Artists including...

The full list of performers will be available soon.

If you would like to discuss getting involved please do get in touch.

Last year's line up received some brilliant reviews and we are still receiving flattering comments on bands/artists that the audience completely adored.

We are keen to promote a diverse array of music so whatever it is you do, don't be shy.

Drop down to the 'Contact' details at the bottom of the page or search us up on Facebook or Twitter

Comedy Acts

Comedians including...

WE KNOW THAT IT IS EDINBURGH FRINGE TOO BUT NOT EVERYONE GETS TO GO!

WE WOULD LOVE TO SUPPORT COMEDIANS FROM WITHIN OUR REGION & BEYOND.

IF YOU HAVE A 'WORK IN PROGRESS' OR FANCY TAKING YOUR FIRST STEP TOWARDS PERFORMING IN A RELAXED AND SUPPORTIVE ATMOSPHERE, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.


Contact info@chilcomptonfringefest.co.uk

Call: 07740 896085 (Giles)

Poetry and Literary Recitals

Acts including...

Look at what's coming to our literary stage 'Little Hay' and across the whole festival this year...

Tracey Norman - will be doing a dramatic reading from the 'Fire-Eyes Chronicle'. An elf kind story following the adventures of young elf who turns her back on life in the forest in search of something more.

Jennifer Ash - will be appearing as the Medieval heroine Matilda and talking about her life with the legendary Robin Hood.

P.J. Reed - will take you into a world of Warlocks, battle and betrayal as she reads from her dark fantasy adventure 'The Torcian Chronicles'.

Richard Dee - will take the audience on a journey into Steampunk reality.

Susie Williamson - performs an African fantasy seen through the eyes of the powerful Suni as she struggles to save her homeland.

Mark Norman - The performances will end with the running of the Black Dog - a musical possession through the festival grounds lead by the Black Dog. This will be the first Black Dog possession in many years so it is a historically important cultural event. The Running of the Black Dog is the South West's lost hobby horse festival. Unlike the Padstow, Minehead and Combe Martin festivals which stem from old fertility traditions, the Running of the Black Dog took as its inspiration the legends of ghostly black dog apparitions which inspired Conan Doyle to write the Hound of the Baskervilles. It was the only traditional hobby horse to be modelled on a dog.The ceremony ran for 10 years between the late 1990s and early 2000s - enough to establish it in British folklore. After this time the hobby horse was consigned to a barn, forgotten about and eventually thought lost and destroyed. As part of his research into Black Dog folklore for his in-depth book on the subject, folklore researcher Mark Norman managed to track down the hobby horse and arrange for its rescue. He and his wife Tracey are currently restoring it so that this important piece of British folklore will not be lost for all time. It's appearance at Chilcompton will be the first time that it has performed in public for well over a decade, since the end of the original festival, and as such is an important folkloric event.

This is a really wonderful and rare opportunity for anyone interested in literature, thinking about writing themselves or looking to be inspired. Join us from 1PM until late afternoon and be involved in something really quite unique.


Contact info@chilcomptonfringefest.co.uk

Street Stalls...

...Retail and Food

We have a limited number of opportunities for Street Stalls, Craft Retail Pitches & Food Outlets

If you have a proposition that you feel will be complementary to the Chilcompton Fringe Festival environment please get in touch

to discuss pitch fees and access arrangements.

*Please note that Street Stall holders & Retail pitches will be situated on the playing fields and to ensure that the playing surface is protected there will be absolutely no vehicular access. The Street Food market will be a distinct area on hard standing. Our volunteers are able to assist with transporting stock and equipment onto the site with a specifically equipped tractor and trailer.

Fancy getting involved?

Calling all Performers & Artists...

We have the opportunity to expand the number of performances and we are keen to encourage more acts.

We are also always on the look out for volunteers to help run various aspects of the event.

If you are interested in becoming part of a brand new cultural event please get in touch.

Contact info@chilcomptonfringefest.co.uk