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, The Garibaldi Community Pub, Pistachios in the Park 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. 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. Tickets £22,50 and will be on sale from 15th January 2020 via The Harlequin Box Office.

Do not miss the chance to Dance in Redhill (to paraphrase their hit. ‘Paris’) The boys are FAB live and you are guaranteed to have a bloody good time.

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.. Crawley based writer EVE AINSWORTH will host writing workshops for invited school children on Tuesday 16th June. Inspiring the next generation of young writers.

Niki Mackay, local crime writer and true crime ‘podcaster’ will host a writing workshop on Thursday 18th. There are more workshops to come. in other libraries. Watch this space.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 on Tuesday 16th June. Tickets will be on sale nearer the time and details published on this website and other places.

There are plans for open mic sessions for musicians, poets and ‘rappers’ in Pistachio’s cafe in the park on the same evening (18th June)

The Garibaldi Pub will host an acoustic night featuring local musicians on Saturday 13th June. The sun must shine as we want to take advantage of their heavenly community garden. What could be better than listening to funky local musicians with a pint (or two) of locally brewed Pilgrim beer in hand?

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, Redhill. Guest authors and of course, children from around the area, will enjoy a celebratory afternoon as the 2020 winners take centre stage. Reigate School of Ballet and Commercial Dance will also perform.

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). NMF will also give a platform to the 2020 winner of Reigate and Banstead Writes as the winning entry will be performed ‘live’ on stage. Thanks to them for doing this.

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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