The very first mini RH Fringe – Redhill and Reigate Rock&Write is coming. Thanks to the generous support from Reigate and Banstead Council, Andrews Estate Agents, The Harlequin Theatre and Surrey Library Service, a dazzling programme of events is taking shape.

Up and coming band Apollo Junction will bring their New Order with a twist sound to the Harlequin, Redhill on Saturday 30th May. The boys will be ably supported by two local bands. Do not miss out. Tickets will be on sale v. soon at £20. The RH Fringe will mark the start of a busy summer festival season for them as they will support and play alongside Madness, The Lightening Seeds, The Libertines and others.

Fresh from the successful Body in the Library season of events, local branches of Surrey Libraries will host a few local writer led events. Ranging from crime workshops to Jane Austen embroidery talks via sessions for school children and an illustrator or two. Times, tickets and full information will be published in January 2020.

The Castle Grounds, Reigate provides a stunning backdrop for an open air theatre performance of Jane Eyre during fringe week. There are plans afoot for open mic sessions for musicians, poets and ‘rappers’ in Pistachio’s cafe in the park and other venues. Watch this space!

Two long standing cultural events which inspired the fringe in a let’s come together for a local Hay-on-Reigate way’ will close the week: the annual Reigate and Banstead Writes celebration of the area’s young wordsmiths on Friday 19th – another event hosted by The Harlequin and will host guests from the world of children’s books and of course, children from across the area with their stories and tales as the 2020 winners take centre stage.

New Music FESTIVAL – a wonderful annual music event curated by Tim Glynne-Jones has given a valuable platform to local bands and musicians for a few years now. Once again, this will take place at Reigate Rugby Club on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th (Full details in 2020 – in the meantime have a look at their website). They also serve up local beer and I had the best chips (possibly ever) in 2019 from their food truck. What more do you need then chips, beer and rock and roll? The New Music Festival has a friendly, warm atmosphere. If you love live music then you need go no further than Reigate.

The Fringe is a not-for-profit event aimed at celebrating writing and music. We are also raising money for three charities: Surrey Young Carers, The Christmas Dinner and Loveworks.

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