Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

Fringe by the Sea 2024, Scotland

2 August - 11 August

Free – £45

Fringe by the Sea returns to the East Lothian town of North Berwick this August for ten days of music, literature, film, comedy and film.

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Forget the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe by the Sea returns to the East Lothian town of North Berwick in August for ten days of music, literature, film, comedy, film and conversation.

Fringe By The Sea 2024 Line Up

The Jacksons (9 August), The Stranglers (6 August) and Del Amitri (3 August) are among the bands headlining the 2024 festival. The festival will also feature Ray Mears talking about bushcraft and survival on 3 August, Caitlin Moran (4 August) and Richard E Grant in conversation on 8 August.

The full list of performances will be found here.

History of the Fringe

Fringe by the Sea, credit Toby Jeffries
Fringe by the Sea, credit Toby Jeffries

North Berwick has been a fashionable holidays spot for nigh on two centuries with two glorious beaches and public golf courses as well as a climate that excels that of Edinburgh (which is a mere 25 miles northwards) it is hardly a surprise that it continues to be so.

In 2008, a small group of local business folk decided to launch a festival to provide a selection of shows from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as music acts. It had 12 shows running over four days. Eleven years on the Fringe by the Sea 2018 festival now has 10 days of music, comedy, books and children’s shows, and is now considered a highlight of the calendar of residents of East Lothian, as well as attracting visitors from around the UK.

This festival is proof that from little acorns large oaks grow. It is no longer in the shadow of the Edinburgh Fringe, with an impressive stand alone programme that is both thoughtful and, at times, surprising. Just don’t forget to bring your bucket and spade.

Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick.
Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick, credit Scott Masterton.

Fringe by the Sea 2024 Tickets

Tickets can be bought in advance online or at a festival booth or at the event. However, organisers advice that you buy tickets online in advance as events often sell out. Click here to buy tickets.

Fringe by the Sea 2024 Programme

The full line-up for the festival can be found here.

Fringe by the Sea 2024 Dates

The 2024 Festival is from 2 to 11 August.

For more information on the festival

Click here.

Main image by Mr Smith Aerial.


2 August
11 August
Free – £45


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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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