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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 Riot - a talk by Howard Johnson

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    Knaresborough Riot - a talk by Howard Johnson

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    Knaresborough Civic Society has asked Howard Johnson to talk to us about the riot in April 1866 in the Castle Yard at Knaresborough. Howard is descended from one of the 11 rioters who were imprisoned in Armley Jail in Leeds (see the picture for this event). While there was a riot, there is a lot...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2017 To 21 Feb 2017
  2. Holiday Maths Activity Workshop

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    Holiday Maths Activity Workshop

    Type

    Workshop

    Harrogate

    Maths Activity Workshops for Primary School children during holiday times. These are part of a SERIES which also includes Literacy, Science and Eleven-Plus.
    Holiday Maths Activity Workshops offer lots of Problem solving, treasure hunts, games - all interactional, confidence-building and FUN!

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    From:
    21 Feb 2017 To 21 Feb 2017
    From:
    11 Apr 2017 To 11 Apr 2017
    From:
    18 Apr 2017 To 18 Apr 2017
    From:
    30 May 2017 To 30 May 2017
  3. Global Villages: Spofforth

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    Global Villages: Spofforth

    Type

    Harrogate International Festivals

    Harrogate

    Join Vocal Global in a free interactive workshop, with the chance to showcase your new skills in a performance for family and friends!

    Go on a musical journey around the world, from the Caribeean, to the Middle-East, full with vocals, ethnic beat box, lyrics in Hebrew, English and Creole!

    ...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Feb 2017 To 22 Feb 2017
  4. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is back on Friday March 3rd with a fan-favourites show! We've asked our loyal audience members who they would most like to see visit us again and put them together in a spectacular double-header. It's one of the most heavily stacked with talent shows we've ever...

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    From:
    3 Mar 2017 To 3 Mar 2017
  5. Badapple Theatre Company present 'Eddie and the Gold Tops'

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    Badapple Theatre Company present 'Eddie and the Gold Tops'

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    The Badapple team are back with a hilarious new comedy set against the backdrop and dynamic music of the 'Swinging 60's'. Written by Kate Bramley (Ex-Hull Truck Theatre) with original songs and music by Jez Lowe (SONY Radio Academy Award Winner/ Radio 2 Radio Ballads).
    This tale follows our Eddie,...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Mar 2017 To 26 Mar 2017
  6. Mother Shipton's Easter Wizard of Oz Adventure

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    Mother Shipton's Easter Wizard of Oz Adventure

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Click your ruby heels and follow the yellow brick road! During the Easter Holidays come and meet Dorothy and her friends at Mother Shipton's. You will need to use your brilliant brain, huge heart, and constant courage to complete a FREE adventure sheet. Will you help the Scarecrow, Tin Man and...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Apr 2017 To 23 Apr 2017
  7. Counterfeit Sixties Show

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    Counterfeit Sixties Show

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain's No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history,...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Jun 2017 To 2 Jun 2017
  8. 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 2017 To 10 Jun 2017
  9. Northern Aldborough Festival: Marian Consort

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    Northern Aldborough Festival: Marian Consort

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    One of the most talked about young vocal ensembles of the moment makes its debut at Northern Aldborough Festival. The Marian Consort is a young, dynamic and internationally-renowned early music vocal ensemble, recognised for its freshness of approach and innovative presentation of a broad range of...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Jun 2017 To 27 Jun 2017
  10. 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 2017 To 20 Aug 2017
  11. 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

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