Fringe by the Sea 2012: Five ingredients for the ultimate seaside experience

This article is from 2012.

Fringe by the Sea 2012: 5 ingredients for the ultimate seaside experience

North Berwick will host Kate Rusby, Neil Innes and more on 6–12 August

Take a break from the buzz of the city and join in the thrill of the seaside. For the 5th year running, Fringe by the Sea returns with an eclectic mix of music, comedy, theatre, film, authors-in-conversation and, of course, the ever-popular children’s programme (not just for the kids!). So what makes the perfect Fringe by the Sea recipe?

Take one iconic venue...

The hub of the action, The Spiegeltent, will take over the harbour and host names such as The Manfreds, Fat Sam’s, Sharon Shannon, Neil Innes (pictured), Kate Rusby, Phil Cunningham & Aly Bain - all recognised by those in the know as being giants in their genres.

Add a dose of quirkiness...

Ever been to a concert in a Seabird Centre? The Carrivick Sisters as well as Dave Vernon & Dick Lee will be here to entertain you in this quirky venue. And back by popular demand, The Alleycats and A Fyne Pear.

Mix in a sprinkling of nostalgia..

St Andrew Blackadder hosts Fringe by the Sea’s first foray into Gilbert & Sullivan with The Mikado, while this year’s film season harks to the Olympics
with a ‘great sporting films’ retrospective.

Stir in some big names…

In the afternoons, the Authors-in-Conversation events return – names already ‘booked’ to appear include Iain Banks, Tm Dalyell, Mary Contini, Sara Sheridan and Sally Magnusson.

Don’t forget the secret ingredient...

Did you know the festival claims the brilliant Kevin Bridges as ‘emerging talent’ when he performed at the festival in 2008? Perhaps you’ll catch another up-and-coming comedian at one of the three nights of Stand-Up Comedy.

Blend in fun for the family...

Come rain or shine, an exciting children’s programme is essential. Please welcome The Singing Kettle, Mr Boom, Jo Jingles and Fischy Music to the stage.

Finally, season with some Irish Dancing, Jazz at The Glen, Dave Berry’s walks and a Sunday lunch time Gospel concert and dish up the mammoth programme that awaits you at Fringe by the Sea.

With over 7,000 miles of stunning coastline, the opportunities to enjoy culture on the coast in the Year of Creative Scotland are endless! Year of Creative Scotland is helping to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage.

Find out all that this special year has to offer at

Tickets are on sale now online and from the Ticket Office (43E Melbourne Place, in North Berwick). Ring 01620 890787 for more info.

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children’s events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season. The 2019 acts will be announced in due course.

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