Next year’s ninth Chelsea Fringe Festival will take place from 16th to 24th May 2020.

The eighth Chelsea Fringe Festival started on Saturday 18th May 2019 and ran for nine days until 26th May at a host of different venues and settings. Building on the success of the previous Chelsea Fringe festivals, it featured a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations.

The Chelsea Fringe Festival is all about harnessing and spreading the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation.

Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe explodes out of the showground geographically, demographically and conceptually. Its events encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

The Fringe showcases a wide range of work from professionals and enthusiasts, both from the gardening world and beyond. Contributors create installations, events and experiences, exhibits, talks and walks. Anyone can enter an event in the Chelsea Fringe on payment of an appropriate fee.

We’re taking a break for a few months, but in the meantime if you would like to send us ideas about a potential event for next year’s Fringe please email info@chelseafringe.com

The Chelsea Fringe is a community interest company (CIC) and was founded by Festival Director Tim Richardson. All progress to date has been achieved by a team of dedicated volunteers donating their time and money.