The Stevenage Fringe - What was on - 2017

There were a huge variety of events celebrating the arts in Stevenage surrounding and during the festival that weren't part of the main programme.

As well as the performances at the Gordon Craig Theatre, the festival also included many smaller events in and around Stevenage which are detailed below. If you want to catch a look at the printed version of the Festival Programme then click here.

Click on links below to jump lower down the page for more details on the event.

Family Workshop (1)28 May
Art with a Heart1 June - 22 July
In Concert3 June
Family Workshop (2)4 June
Flowers through the Ages8 June
Ballerina Workshop10 June
Great Railway Adventures10 June
Apocalypse Cow19/20 June
Meet the Author - Sara Barnard17 June
Songs of Praise18 June
Come fly with me18 June
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Plus24 June
Talyllyn29 June
Hold on tight and pretend it's the plan15 July

Sun 28 May at 10:30 - 12:30

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Images of Ukeleles

Herts Music Service presents:
FAMILY MUSIC WORKSHOP (1)

Come and have fun with ukuleles! Led by Bill Lennon, these workshops let the whole family make music together - instruments provided!

Two chances to take part - 28 May or 4 June - both workshops cover the same material.

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

Tickets: £Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £ 10, (Individual) £ 5
(Please note: No unaccompanied children under 11 years old)
Available from:
 01438 844518 or email stevenagemusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk


1 June - 22 July

GCT Pi Gallery

Image of a lemon shark

Stevenage Community Art Exhibition:
Art with a Heart

This exhibition brings together stunning Photography from the Stevenage Photographic Society and the Underwater Photography Society, art from the Stevenage Art Society, Timebridge Group and James Starkey, a young local artist plus beautiful arrangements from the Stevenage Floral Art Society. All in all a visual treat well worth a visit when you are in the Town Centre.

Entry: Free
Please note that you should be able to visit the exhibition during the opening hours of Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre. However for operational reasons access may sometimes be restricted and we recommend calling the centre on 01438 363200 to check if making a special journey.


Sat 3 June at 7:30 pm

St. Nicholas Church, Rectory Lane

Stevenage Ladies Choir and
Stevenage Male Voice Choir present:
In Concert

Ladies Choir logo
Stevenage Male Voice Choir logo
Stevenage Male Voice Choir logo

The charity for this concert is Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC).
Both choirs have sung together many times over the last 57 years in support of good causes such as ARC, since the Ladies choir was formed from a few of the wives from the Male Voice Choir members, to the choir of more than 70 ladies that they are today.
Please come along, enjoy the wide styles of choral music the choirs present and support the charity, as well as taking part in the raffle and enjoying the interval refreshments.

Tickets: £8 (£6 for concessions) from Mary Sabine on 07967402138 or at the door on the evening.


Sun 4 Jun at 10:30 - 12:30pm

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Image containing ukelele

Herts Music Service presents:
FAMILY MUSIC WORKSHOP (2)

Come and have fun with ukuleles! Led by Bill Lennon, these workshops let the whole family make music together - instruments provided!

Two chances to take part - 28 May or 4 June - both workshops cover the same material.

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

Tickets: £Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £ 10, (Individual) £ 5
(Please note: No unaccompanied children under 11 years old)
Available from:
 01438 844518 or email stevenagemusicenquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk


Thurs 8 June at 7:45pm

High Street Methodist Church, Sish Lane

Display of flowers

Stevenage Floral Arts Group present:
Flowers through the Ages

Visitors Welcome.

Tickets: £6.50 including refreshments and a free flower draw ticket.
For further details contact Margaret on 01438 880086


Sat 10 June at 2pm

Stevenage Central Library

Helen and angelina image

Stevenage Central Library presents:
Angelina Ballerina Workshop

Suitable for ages 6 - 8
Come along and meet Helen Craig who is best known for illustrating the Angelina Ballerina series of children's books. Helen's grandfather was Gordon Craig who was born in Stevenage and our Theatre is named in his honour.

Places are limited and must be pre-booked

Tickets: £2 per child - either in the Stevenage library or available online at this location.
For details phone 01707 281533


Sat 10 June at 10am - 4pm

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Image of a train on its way to Mandalay

Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group presents:
Great Railway Adventures

Join intrepid rail traveller and military historian, Major Paul Whittle on his exciting journeys in Eritrea (The Land of the Gods), Syria/Jordan (Slow Train to Damascus) and Myanmar/Burma (Steam to Mandalay). Three very different destinations combining history, culture, tourism and, of course, steam trains.

For details contact Hilary Spiers by email - by clicking here.

Tickets (must be pre-booked) : £20.00 (including lunch)


16 June at 7.45pm

17 June at 7.45pm

Lytton Theatre, Vardon Rd.

Poster image for Apocalaypse Cow

Lytton Youth Thursday Group present:
Apocalypse Cow

A dark comedy about the end of the world written by the cast and Dave Slade. Now a one Act play.

Tickets: £5 - available through the Lytton Players box office - phone 01438 357407 or online by clicking to the Ticketsource logo below:


Sat 17 June at 2pm

Stevenage Central Library

Image of Sara Barnard

Stevenage Central Library presents:
Meet the Author - Sara Barnard

Suitable for 13 plus.
Come along and meet Sara, the author of Young adult titles "A quiet kind of thunder" and "Beautiful broken things".

Sara, who has been shortlisted for the Young Adult Book prize, will be talking about how she has become a successful author and will be reading extracts from her books.

Tickets: £2 per child - either in the Stevenage library or available online at this location.
For details phone 01707 281533


Sun 18th June at 6:30 pm

Church of St. Andrew & St. George, Cuttys Lane

Image of list of Hymns

Stevenage Churches together presents:
Songs of Praise

Come along and sing your favourite hymns and worship songs.

Entry: Free


Tue 20 June at 7:00pm

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Flower display

Stevenage South Flower Club presents:
"Come fly with me"

Come along and be inspired as to what you can say with flowers. Our expert presenter this evening is Retha Nairobi.
For more information please call Edna Holt on 01438 227084.

Tickets: £5 for non-members, Annual membership £15 so why not come and join us for a fun evening.


Sat 24 June at 2pm

Stevenage Central Library

Logo for Booster Cushion theatre group

Stevenage Central Library presents:
Booster Cushion Theatre performing
"Big Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Plus"

Everything is in disguise and the story goes into the skies with this comical retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The story is retold through a massive 6ft tall book complete with pop-ups and props coming out of the book!

Places are limited and must be pre-booked

Tickets: £5 per Family - either in the Stevenage library or available online at this location.
For details phone 01707 281533


Thu 29 June at 7:30pm

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Stevenage Locomotive Society presents:
Talyllyn Railway (A railway with a heart of gold)

Talyllyn was one of the earliest Railway preservation societies and has links with the Thomas the Tank Engine author. David Mitchell who is associated with the preservation society will be talking about the society and, of course, the narrow gauge engines and the railway's history.

Tickets: £2
Available at the door


Sat 1 July at 10am - 4pm

Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg

Stevenage and Knebworth Arts Group presents:
Hold on tight and pretend it's the plan!

The idea was simple: drive south from England until it was impossible to drive any further, then turn around and drive home.

Gavin Conybeare will describe some of the many highlights and challenges of his recent solo drive around the African continent, including a look at some of the lesser known wildlife that he encountered there.

40,000 miles, 39 countries and 11 months - best not drink the water.

For details contact Hilary Spiers by email - by clicking here.

Tickets: £20.00 (including lunch)

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