This year our building turns 120, having been opened in 1902 as the first purpose built Post Office for the town. It later housed the telephone exchange which inspired our name.
Built 1902. Re-born 2014.
After the Post Office closed down in 2012, relocating onto the High Street, the team of local students who ran Ventnor Fringe moved in with the intention of creating a new type of space for the town which combined a cafe/bar vibe with a record store and mini venue. Originally opened as a ‘pop up’ we’ve been here ever since, exploring how to create a different type of business in the town centre. As a not for profit social enterprise every coffee, beer or record sold helps support our creative programme and activities for local young people.
Before and after! The old Post Office when we moved in and how it looks now.
We’ll be closed from 7th – 10th March 2022
Although only small, as an old building there are always repairs and improvements needed and over the past eight years we’ve been working hard to keep improving and renovating the space; from repainting to rewiring, new boilers to new furniture. It’s taken us a long time but it’s gradually coming together and we hope you’ve enjoyed seeing it gradually evolve over the years.
Next week we’ll be temporarily closed, reopening on Friday 11th March at approx 6pm, while new flooring is installed through several rooms. We hope this will be the last time we need to close for renovations and that we’ll be able to remain open during the future repairs we have planned.
Back in 2009 and more recently