Listings: UK comedy festivals

Here are the UK comedy and fringe festivals we know about. Please get in touch via 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.