Here are the UK comedy and fringe festivals we know about. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter if you know of any others we should list here.
Leicester Comedy Festival – one of the country’s longest running comedy festivals – runs for most of February
Glasgow Comedy Festival – runs for a couple of weeks in the middle of March
Bath Comedy Festival – for just over a week at the start of April, includes shows and new comedian competitions.
Machynlleth Comedy Festival – a Welsh comedy festival around the first May bank holiday
Brighton Fringe – an arts festival for most of May with a lot of comedy
Derby Comedy Festival – a week over the May bank holiday weekend
Jesterval – first half of June – covering events in the North East
Ludlow Fringe – second half of June
Croydon Comedy Festival – mid June to end of July – Edinburgh Previews mainly
Guildford Fringe – for all of July in Surrey
Buxton Fringe – in Buxton, Derbyshire
Henley Fringe – a week in July in Henley-on-Thames, mixing theatre with Edinburgh Previews and other comic shows
Greater Manchester Fringe – for all of July in the Greater Manchester area
Greenwich Comedy Festival – last week of July in Greenwich, London
Cambridge Comedy Festival – a week in late July
The Edinburgh Fringe – just over three weeks, ending on the UK bank holiday Monday
The Camden Fringe – for all of August, in and around Camden in London
Birmingham Comedy Festival – for a week in early October
The Brighton Comedy Festival – a separate comedy festival, often seeing shows that had played the Edinburgh Fringe
Women in Comedy Festival – for just over a week in the Manchester area in late October – does what it says on the tin
Nottingham Comedy Festival – a week in early November
Note: while we will continue to research the above, we must acknowledge Simon Caine’s post here, which tipped us off to a few we didn’t know about. Simon has good advice for performers approaching comedy festivals and runs an Ask The Industry podcast for performers.