The Windsor Fringe


Windsor, Berkshire

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The Windsor Fringe is the second oldest fringe in the UK after Edinburgh.  Welcome to Windsor's Mini Fringe 2021

We are very excited to present an eclectic programme of shows and events, in collaboration with local arts groups and venues. We hope you enjoy our Mini Fringe!

Girls Record Lounge presents Summer of Soul

Saturday 25th September
The Old Court, St Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 3BL
Tickets: £12 from The Old Court

Summer of 1969:  Woodstock becomes the defining moment of the counter-culture movement. And Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson and BB King play to a combined crowd of more than 300,000 people at The Harlem Cultural Festival. 
The later has been all but forgotten. Until now.

Girls Record Lounge (GRL) brings you the new award-winning documentary, Summer of Soul, it aims to right what it believes to be a serious cultural wrong;  "Black Woodstock" has been largely ignored for more than half a century.

In addition to the film there will be music, canapés and an exhibition of  artwork including producer Questlove’s journey making the film.

Acoustic Sessions with Sophie Henderson

Sunday 27th September 
The Alma Pub Alma Road, Windsor

Having played Glastonbury and supported London Grammar and Florence and The Machine on their tours, Sophie will be embarking on a UK tour in 2022. Sophie plays guitar and piano. She lives in Maidenhead but performs all over the UK as well as been on various European and US tours. She will be also be on the line up in the ‘BBC Music Introducing in 2021’

Plague, Pestilence and Potions Walk SOLD OUT

Monday 27th September 
Meet at Windsor Guildhall 
Length of tour: 90 minutes
Tickets: £10 Walk

Everyone will be given a receiver and single use disposable ear bud to listen to the guide.

Explore Windsor’s infectious disease history with award winning Blue Badge tourist guide Amanda Bryett from Windsor Tourist Guides Ltd.
From Elizabeth I during the plague to Elizabeth II during COVID,  Windsor has always been a refuge for monarchs during disease outbreaks, see the site where Elizabeth I positioned a new set of gallows constructed during a plague outbreak in 1563.  When she said lockdown, she really meant lockdown!
We will see the building where Windsor’s first dispensary (consulting surgery) for the sick poor of the town opened in 1819 and was a vaccination hub during a smallpox outbreak in 1827.
Find out why Eton schoolboys were made to smoke during a plague outbreak in the 1600s and how certain ‘businesses’ in the town took advantage of the myth that you couldn’t catch two diseases at the same time.  Fake news is nothing new!
All you ever needed to know about Windsor’s disease past including the Black Death, smallpox, typhoid, cholera and influenza.

‘A Fringe Special’ Quiz Night

Tuesday 28th September 
The Alma, Alma Road, Windsor
Tickets: £3 on the door

A brilliant 50 question quiz, with our fantastic quiz master Andy Silvester.
If you do have any questions, please give The Alma a call on 01753 267977.

‘A Fringe Special’ Windsor Brewery Tour

Thursday 30th September 
The Windsor Brewery, Vansittart Estate, Windsor SL4 1SE
Tickets: £15 inc beer!
Brewery Tour 

Join WeBrew where they explain the history of the brewery and brewing in the town, the brewing process including tasting of raw materials and of course, beer tasting! 

After the tour you are more than welcome to join us in Unit 4, WeBrew's finest bar and restaurant in Windsor, where in the evening we will be hosting a comedy event.

Friday Night Fiesta

1st October 
7pm – 11pm
Loading Bay Café, Vansittart Estate, Windsor, SL4 1SE

A fun evening of music and food inspired by the colourful landscape of South America. 
Think Brazilian beats, pulled jackfruit tacos and tequila. The evening features Jimmy Jazz playing an eclectic selection of vinyl.

The Hot Club Time Machine with Chad Jackson

Saturday 2nd October
7pm to Midnight 
The Old Court, St Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 3BL
Tickets: £10 from The Old Court The Old Court

Come and enter the time machine.

We will be journeying through all the different styles…including House, Electro, Northern Soul, Breakbeats, Dub etc... 
We will be stopping at various stations along the way…hopefully joining the dots from the past…through to the modern day.  

This is no ordinary DJ set, this will be a Live Performance/DJ crossover hybrid.
Featuring live….
The Hot Club 
(Chad Jackson and Matt Gunn) 
Live extended Auditorium set
Girls Record Lounge
Richie Roome
Amuse Bouche
Love Kisses and Cake

Mark Making & Printing Workshop

Sunday 3rd October 2021
1.00-2.00pm & 2:30-3:30pm (Two separate workshops)
Busy Buttons Design Studio. 8-9 King Edward's Court Windsor, SL4 1TF 

Tickets £6.00 per person including art materials.
Book: Please email to book at 
Tickets will also be available on the door but due to small groups we have limited availability. We hence recommend to pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Come along to an exciting Mark Making and Printing workshop and allow your creativity to run freely. Explore abstract art and learn to observe and appreciate patterns in your environment.
This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Jazz Vanguard 

Sunday 3rd October
The Old Court, St Leonards Rd, Windsor SL4 3BL
The music will take place in the Auditorium in a friendly atmosphere

The Old Court Jazz Vanguard are a Jazz Trio formed of freelance musicians who have performed at renowned venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Royal Albert Hall and Beethoven Concert Halle. They are Pete Roth on guitar, Dave Suttle on bass and James Ballantine on drums. 

Join them for a journey through the diverse soundscapes of the idiom, from the bebop and hard bop era of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis through to the Latin and fusion era of Carlos Jobim, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea.

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