The Windsor Fringe Festival launches on Friday with a reception at the Loading Bay Cafe on the Vansittart Estate with music from DJ Steve Nash - including reggae, jazz and punk.

It starts at 8pm and admission is free.

The festival that follows over the following two weeks features everything from theatre, art and comedy to music and family shows.

Highlights include a Motown evening at All Saints Church in Dedworth Road featuring a five piece band So Real playing classic soul tunes of the 50s and 60s.

There is a burlesque and cabaret night at the Old Court, Windsor, promising a fabulous evening of glamour, glitz, sauciness and sassiness.

A pop up record stall and an intimate folk concert showcasing top London Indie groups at the Loading Bay Cafe and a Fringe comedy special at Windsor and Eton Brewery are among the other attractions.

The Loading Bay will also host Out of the Smoke, live electronic music and DJ sets from local artists in a unique atmospheric venue.

Music lovers might relish the chance to enjoy Ronnie and Friends, a show featuring musician and songwriter Ronnie Johnson who was musical director for Van Morrison for nine years playing on his albums and live shows around the world.

He will be inviting close friends to perform some new arrangements from his own catalogue at the Hope, Alma Road.

The International Kenneth Branagh Award For New Drama Writing takes place at the Old Court in St Leonard's Road over the weekend of Thursday to Saturday, October 3 to 5.

In its 16th year this exciting drama writing competition goes from strength to strength with entries from 23 countries.

All three winning plays will be performed over the three nights and on the final night, the overall winner will be announced and presented with the £500 prize.

You can get more details about the Fringe events and venues from or ring 01753 743570.