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It’s one month to the day until Reading Fringe Festival 2019 launches, which means it’s high time you checked out what’s on and booked your tickets.

We promise there is something for everyone, from family-friendly events, to strictly over-18s and Reading-focused adventures too.

Here’s the IR pick of some of the most eye-catching events.


For the Whole Family:

Marvelo’s Circus, Friday 19th July, 4.15pm at the Broad Street Mall
Britain’s only puppet bus is in town for the Fringe. Hop on board to watch the trials of a struggling ringmaster who dreams of running his own circus. Tickets are £5 each.

Bring Your Own Baby, Tuesday 23rd July, 12pm at Reading Minster
This one is just perfect for those new parents as it’s exactly what it says on the tin, an opportunity to take your baby along for a comedy show, featuring stars you might know from the TV. All that for just £12 if you book in advance.

The Pirate’s Misadventure @ The Whale, Saturday 27th and Sunday 18th July, multiple times at The Oracle Riverside
This performance takes place inside a whale! A noisy fish wife will reveal the decorated seascape inside and introduce the audience to a shipwrecked pirate with a treasure tale to tell and a real live mermaid with an intriguing secret. This performance is free of charge but you’ll need to book in advance to reserve your space in the whale.

A sneak peak into the whale…

Back by Popular Demand!

These acts have visited us at the Fringe before and received such a fantastic welcome, they’re back for more. If you’ve not seen them before, don’t miss out this year!

Too Busy Living to be Dying, Saturday 20th July, 6pm at the After Dark
Martyn Cooper was diagnosed with a brain tumour a few years ago and out of that adversity created this comic piece charting the tales of his adventures since. Tickets are £8 each.

Reading Fringe Film Festival, Monday 22nd July, 7pm at Vue cinema
This is the finale of the 48-hour Fringe film challenge. Come along to Vue to watch a wide variety of films of many genres and learn which film has won the competition. Tickets are £10 each.

Professor Elemental, Thursday 25th July, 7.30pm at the After Dark
A Fringe favourite, Professor Elemental is back again this year to share his chap-hop spectacular with the Reading folk. Tickets, £12 each.


Reading Themed:

Pilgrimage to Reading Abbey, Saturday 27th July, 11am at St. Andrew’s Church, Sonning
Run by the Pilgrimage Trust, this fascinating, guided walk will take you through Reading from your starting point in Sonning to the Abbey Ruins in town. This event is free of charge.

Reading Birdsong Walk, Sunday 28th July, 10am at Forbury Gardens
Join local author and naturalist Adrian for a walk exploring the wild side of Reading with a bias towards birds and it’s completely free but you do need to register for a ticket in advance.


Scandinavia at the Station, Saturday 20th July, 2pm at Reading Station
Reading’s award-winning Aldworth Philharmonic returns to the transfer deck of Reading station to present a programme of Scandinavian-themed works, including the ever-popular Peer Gynt, by Grieg, which members of the public can have a go at conducting! No tickets required, just show up and it’s free.

Ma Bessie, Wednesday 24th July, 7.30pm at the Three Guineas (Cellar Bar)
A local act, don’t miss the rich sound of Julia Titus’ voice as she mixes classic blues with jazz tunes from the inter-war years. Tickets, £12 each.

Something a Little Different

Dan Collins: Murder for Beginners, Sunday 21st July, 7.30pm at the Three Guineas (Cellar Bar)
Ever wonder why we’re all so obsessed with serial killers and psychopaths? I would like to present you with the answer…except I don’t have it. Go, help Dan figure it out. Tickets are £8 each.

Conversations with Trees, Friday 26th July, 7pm at Reading Minster
A new collaboration, curated for Reading Fringe Festival by BBC Radio 3’s Fiona Talkington, with film, music, dance and storytelling taking us Into the Woods.

Hannah James

One of Europe’s most sought after jazz drummers and composers Thomas Strønen from Norway joins singer, clog dancer and accordionist Hannah James and singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates to uncover stories old and new, taking us on a magical journey of discovery, with additional inspiration and introduction from Helen Jukes author of ‘A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings’. Tickets, £12 each.



Preet Singh: Hometown Brown, Friday 26th July, 7.30pm at the Purple Turtle
Born and raised in Reading, Preet brings his experiences of being a second generation immigrant to the stage. With natural stage presence and wit a wide variety of topics are under the spotlight including race, dating, and modern life. Tickets, £8 each.

That right there is just a tiny selection of the MANY, MANY Fringe events that are on this year. Check out the “What’s On” guide for full details of all of the events. Don’t miss out!