Launched in 2007 with the aim of recreating a micro version of the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival experience in Cambridge, with its unique appeal being that it attracted a host of big name comedians and the finest emerging talent to the city as they honed their shows ready for Edinburgh and beyond and iron out any rough edges.
Since its launch the festival has been venue based at various locations around the city including the Cambridge Junction and Cambridge Corn Exchange plus many more including river punts!
In 2016 and 2017 we moved it outdoors to Jesus Green park in central Cambridge which proved very popular and was great fun and due to the current climate this year we’ve decided to once again host it outdoors but expand it into a fully fledged festival experience, which will take place on Grange Farm in Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon which is where the Secret Garden Party festival was held – it’s a fantastic countryside location and a beautifully unique and quirky landscaped site that lends itself perfectly to a comedy festival.
We have over 150 acts appearing across 4 stages packed with so many amazingly funny comedians from superstar household names to the very best circuit acts to left-field fringe acts plus live podcast shows, lots of fantastic kids/family shows and after the comedy shows have finished each evening we’ve even got comedians having a go at DJ’ing their favourite tunes in the Glade bar area and if all of that isn’t enough to tickle your comedy appetite we’ve also got a fresh water swimming lake on site!
Given the array of talent Cambridge has fostered over the years from Peter Cook, Eric Idle and John Cleese of Monty Python, through to Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson and present day stars David Mitchell, Robert Webb, Olivia Coleman, Sandi Toksvig, Sue Perkins, Jimmy Carr, Simon Bird and Tim Key, here at festival HQ we have done our best to continue this grand tradition of hilarious comedic brilliance.