Chelmsford City Council

Fling Festival comedy headliners announced

Chelmsford City Council is delighted to announce the comedy and arts line up for the Fling Festival 2018.

Fling Festival returns to Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday 30 June. Created purely for adults, the Fling is like no other with festival goer’s curiosity encouraged and diversity in entertainment celebrated.

This hugely popular Comedy Big Top this year features a bevy of leading acts from the circuit, including Terry Alderton, whose mind-blowing whirlwind of physical and verbal clowning has seen him on Live At The Apollo, McIntyre’s Road Show, Royal Variety Performance and Eastenders. We also have Carl Donnelly who has not only been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award but has also appeared on a selection of TV shows, including Mock The Week and Russell Howard’s Good News. Other acts include Never Mind The Buzzcocks regular, Ben Norris, and unassuming comic genius, Addy Van Der Borgh. More to be announced soon!

For outlandish entertainment look no further than the Cabaret Palace, where some of the most sought after acts from the global cabaret scene are set to enchant, surprise and dazzle the audience. Expect burlesque, knife throwing, pole dance, magic, hula, showgirls, and the first ever Fling boylesque show.

After the success of last year we welcome back the bizarrely brilliant, Social Club. Think Phoenix Nights meets Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, with an array of bespoke attractions from Bonkers Bingo and Play Your Cards Right, to Knobbly Knees and Pub Quiz.

This year also sees a new addition, Joskins Fayre - a traditional American carnival with a twist, featuring digital interactive freak show, Zoltar fortune teller, wonky coconut shy and more.

As well as all this there are the usual Fling favourites; Bollywood Tent, Space Hopper Racing, Adult Crafting, Storytelling, Dance Workshops, Pimms Beach, Fire Garden, Walkabout fun and much more.

Fling Festival is strictly for those aged 18 years and older.

Early Bird and VIP tickets have sold out. Tier 3 tickets are now on sale from £26.00, available online via, over the phone by calling 01245 606505, or in person from the Civic Theatre Box Office, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JG.

For up-to-date festival information, including exciting announcements coming up over the next few weeks, please visit the official website,, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @flingfestival

The Fling Festival is produced by Chelmsford City Council’s award-winning Events Team. For more information please call 01245 606987 or email

Friday 20 April 2018

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