Films at the Fringe

This year’s Wanstead Fringe has three films on offer – and tickets for them are already on sale.

The Wanstead Kinema is swinging back into action for the big family night in the grounds of Christ Church on Saturday 16 September. It’s always a special evening and this year’s attraction is Disney’s Moana. The critics’ consensus about the film was this: “With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney’s time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.” Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave it a 96% rating – but with the family Kinema night it’s always as much about the atmosphere as the film itself. Refreshments will be on hand too. You can get tickets from the Fringe site here.

The Kinema is having a second film this year – a fantastic opportunity to see Maxine Peake play Hamlet in a version of the staging at the Royal Exchange Theatre. And as an extra bonus, the screening is taking place just about as close to the site of the original Kinema as possible – upstairs at the Manor House. It’s taking place this Sunday at 6pm – tickets here.

And on Tuesday night at the Wanstead Tap, London’s housing crisis is taken apart in the documentary Dispossession, which has been described as the most important British film since I, Daniel Blake. The screening will be followed by a discussion about how the housing crisis can be tackled. Coincidentally it also features Maxine Peake. Tickets can be bought directly from the Wanstead Tap.


Full Wanstead Fringe 2017 lineup

People of Wanstead, here is the lineup for the Wanstead Fringe 2017.

It includes some cracking old favourites, and also a wider range of events than ever before – films, talks, music, demos, tastings, comedy, photos, kids events. Click on the image to see the full detail, and head over to for full online listings, which is where you can also buy tickets.

Over the next few days we’ll highlight a few of the great events, but for now, feast your eyes!

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Time to get your jumble ready

The full programme for the Wanstead Fringe will be available here (and through your letterbox) from Saturday morning. But now is the time to sign up if you want to take part in the Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail. It will take place on Saturday 16 September from noon until 4pm – which gives you plenty of time to sort through what you want to sell.

You can sign up directly through the Jumble Trail website at this page.

The Wanstead Fringe is ON

We’re delighted to confirm that the Wanstead Fringe 2017 will take place between 9 and 16 September. It’s the fifth Fringe, and will be by far the biggest yet.

It’s going to include some of the events which have become key parts of the Fringe, including:

  • The Duke Street Party on Saturday 9 September
  • Comedy (with the returning star Paul Sinha) on Thursday 14 September
  • Chris Gifford talking about his time in Squeeze at the Wanstead Tap (already sold out!)
  • The Wanstead Fringe Jumble Trail on Saturday 16 September
  • And the return of the Wanstead KINEMA on the evening of Saturday 16 September.

The full programme which will have more than 30 events taking place all around Wanstead will be published in the next week or so when tickets will also be available. Wansteadium or our sister site will be the best places to keep up with what’s going on – and you can sign up for a Fringe e-mail newsletter here. The Wanstead Fringe is also on Facebook and Twitter.

*The Wanstead Fringe is once again being supported by its founding sponsors, Petty Son and Prestwich, and this year is also supported by solicitors Edwards Duthie.