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What's On Around Knaresborough

The medieval town of Knaresborough enjoys a great tradition of community led events which prove tremendously popular with visitors and draw crowds from far and wide.

Perhaps the biggest – certainly in terms of its international reach - is the world famous Knaresborough Bed Race!

First held in 1966, this extraordinary event takes place in June of each year and combines a serious sporting event for elite competitors, with a fun filled parade beloved by the whole community!

90 teams comprising 6 runners and a passenger will race through the narrow medieval streets of the town pushing a bed on wheels (yes - a bed!) which includes a crossing of the fast flowing River Nidd – not for the faint hearted!

This Knaresborough event is truly unique and whilst it may have spawned many imitators around the world – the Knaresborough Bed Race is the original and best!

Knaresborough also has an active and vibrant tradition which includes the annual poetry and performance festival Release the Hounds, and FEVA - the visual arts festival held every August – a glorious and eclectic celebration with a very inclusive offering. 

Enjoy open air street theatre and music as well as live performances in a range of venues both in and around town and an art trail as well as opportunities to explore your own creativity!

A variety of open air events take place in Knaresborough town and its imposing Castle, from the Spring Fayre to the Medieval day, often spilling out into the Market Square.

When looking for what’s on in Knaresborough you’ll find there are great events right through the year. 

Over the first weekend of December, Knaresborough’s Edwardian Christmas Market marks the start of the festive season for many.

A truly traditional offering based around the town’s picturesque market square where the visitor can browse stalls selling unique gifts, hand crafted Christmas decorations, Christmas trees and traditional Christmas food and drink whilst enjoying a programme of events and entertainment all weekend long.

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit?

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  1. Knaresborough Autumn Celebration

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    Knaresborough Autumn Celebration

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    An evening of fun, entertainment and discussion. We want to wok on a revival of the Water Carnival in some form for next year

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
  2. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 6th October at 8pm the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club brings another fantastic night of comedy to the Frazer Theatre.

    MC Jim Smallman will be joined by Stuart Goldsmith, Howard Reed and character act Stanley Brooks.
    As ever tickets remain at £10 in advance and are available from the Old...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Oct 2017 To 6 Oct 2017
  3. Take That LIVE Tribute Band @ Scotton Village Hall

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    Take That LIVE Tribute Band @ Scotton Village Hall

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    TICKETS: £12.50

    A night you will "Never Forget", these boys will keep you all "Up All Night".

    DOORS OPEN at 7pm - 12am.
    Take That LIVE Tribute Show & Live Music from Luke Flear followed by Disco.
    Licenced Bar & Snacks Available.
    (Bar open until 11:30pm).

    TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:
    The Guy Fawkes...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Oct 2017 To 6 Oct 2017
  4. St John's Christmas Tree Festival

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    St John's Christmas Tree Festival

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Annual christmas tree festival featuring entries from groups, businesses and individuals. Free entry. Refreshments and music.

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
  5. Knaresborough Christmas Market

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    Knaresborough Christmas Market

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Knaresborough market square and the surrounding streets and courtyards overflow with festive delights and christmas cheer for the first weekend in December.  

    With local produce, live music and dance and great christmas gift ideas come to Knaresborough for the perfect small town Christmas...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2017 To 4 Dec 2017
  6. Counterfeit Seventies Show

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    Counterfeit Seventies Show

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Having toured extensively with The Counterfeit Sixties show they now bring you their unique Seventies show from a decade of glam rock through to new wave music, and everything in between!

    Featuring the music of Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, The Bay City Rollers and many, many more, they will take you...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
  7. Great Knaresborough Bed Race

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    Great Knaresborough Bed Race

    Type

    Carnival

    Knaresborough

    The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is one of the most spectacular community events held in the UK.

    It was first staged in 1966 and have been never cancelled. 90 teams of six runners and a passenger take part in the glorious fancy dress pageant that comprises the first half of the event, before...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Jun 2018 To 10 Jun 2018
  8. Tockwith & District Show

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    Tockwith & District Show

    Type

    Agricultural Show

    Knaresborough

    The Tockwith and District Show is a success story of a show, while only dating back to 1945 the show has gone from strength to strength and enjoyed such established success that the organisers have now purchased their own show field allowing a permanent base that will push show forward to another...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Aug 2018 To 6 Aug 2018
  9. FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

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    FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

    Type

    Festival

    Knaresborough

    10-day annual festival of art, entertainment, music, shows, plays, dance performances, children's attractions, a free picnic, exhbitions and other events that turn this market town magenta! See 80 different events, workshops - something for everybody.

    More details will made available through...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2018 To 20 Aug 2018

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