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The Baptist Hall is at the top end of Boutport Street, next to the Baptist Church. This fine, historic building provides a large enough space to accommodate a generous 60 seat studio theatre, big enough for dance and some of the larger-cast extravaganzas.

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The Guildhall is one of Barnstaple's most picturesque historic building and has been made available to Fringe TheatreFest thanks to Barnstaple Town Council. This atmospheric venue boasts a large performance area and raked seating that holds 80.

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St Anne's Arts & Community Centre provides an adaptable 50-seat setting for innovative work. The building itself is well worth a visit, steeped, as it is, in history. The Plough Arts Centre programme St Anne's and they have made the venue available to us.

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Castle Centre provides a 60-seat end-on venue with a low raised stage. It is a well-focussed venue, suitable for small-scale studio productions. This is the first time that Fringe TheatreFest has used this venue which is let by the Town Council.

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The Southgate is a fine eatery between High Street and the Square. The 30-seater first-floor venue is an ideal, focussed space for stand-up comedy and intimate drama. Audiences will be encouraged to take up drinks - alcoholic or teas and coffees - from the bar.

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The Golden Lion Tap is an old coaching inn that borders The Square. The management have generously made available the large back room that is well-known in the town as a music venue. This will be configured as a studio/cabaret space with room for 60.

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alt space venues - non-ticketed, pay-what-you-will performances

The Tent on the Square was a great success last year. It's a sturdy structure that belongs to The Common Players and is configured into an atmospheric 60-seat venue. It's the most immediately visible of all the venues and also acts as an information hub.

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The Barnstaple Coffee Shop plays host to free Taster Sessions - 5 minute previews - on Wed 27 and Thu 28 June from 3.00 - 4.00pm. It has also got great cakes and a satisfying all-day menu - very popular as a breakfast destination with performers. The taster sessions are free events

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Green Lanes Shopping Centre is the venue for 7 shows and a workshop, ranging from gritty drama at the top of the multi-story car park to a musical and a circus extravaganza in the main concourse - all to complement your shopping experience!

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The Cove Boutique is where a horror film will be recorded in a day - which will then be shown at Golden Lion Tap on the Sunday evening. The Cove Boutique also has a great reuputation for hosting young bands. And check out the clothes!

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Castle Green is the site for an outdoors Shakespeare anthology on the Sunday afternoon. It's also where the North Devon Diversity Festival happens on the Saturday, featuring some Fringe TheatreFest companies. Let the sun shine.

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The Barnstaple Library hosts three different shows, two especially for younger people and the third, a site-specific show set amongst the bookcases. You will also find a display of Fringe TheatreFest posters in the foyer.

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The High Street is the place for a whole variety of encounters over the Festival, including dancers, a magician and a 7 foot unicycle. The Fringe comes to you, rather than you having to hunt out the Fringe.

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Barnstaple's Youth House is the perfect venue for performances of Fairytaleheart. Youth House does a lot of important work with North Devon's youth and has a variety of spaces for hire. Glance through the windows at bits of hidden Barnstaple.

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Escape Down The Rabbit Hole is hosting some hard-hitting, spoken word performances on the Friday and Saturday evenings. During the day you can eat, drink and explore the fiendish delights of the Escape Rooms.

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Boston Tea Party are hosting the children's show, The Enormous Turnip, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We're delighted to be renewing our acquaintance with BTP. The coffee is great and the cakes are very naughty.

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The Queen's Theatre is providing space in the foyer for a Fringe box-office in the 10 days before Fringe TheatreFest starts. See the 'tickets' page for details. There will also be a free Taster Session in the café on Friday 29th June at 2pm. The taster session is a free event

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The Pannier Market is the historic and atmospheric venue for Conquistadors performed by Thereby Hangs A Tale. Two performances only on the Friday night. It is one of Barnstaple's most visited buildings and we're delighted to be inhabiting it.

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The Square is going to be very busy. As well as accommodating the tent there are quite a number of shows happening outside. The Tent will also act as a central information point. And there'll be exciting building work going on at the Museum!

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The BikeShed is the wet-weather venue for Story Sofa - which will otherwise be roaming the streets. The BikeShed is of course a mecca for all things Bike - naturally. But it also has a cafe that's well-placed for activity on The Square.

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The White Moose Gallery is hosting a couple of shows that should rather pleasingly complement the temporary exhibition. But you don't need the excuse of a show to visit this very special and enterprising gallery.

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As well as being a ticketed venue, The Guildhall is also being used to host a number of pay-what-you-will mid-morning productions. These are performances by North Devon drama students and a chance to enjoy local, youthful creativity.

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This is where Moving On sets off from, on its journey through the streets of Barnstaple, inviting passers-by to look again at the buildings and spaces of the town. The cortege of dancers finally wends its way to The Square (alt space 19).

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There are a number of shows that have a license to roam! They are principally designed for people to stumble upon so they are not tied to any one space - though they are most likely to be either on or near the High Street.

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