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Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2020 UNPLUGGED

Town Centre, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8AE
Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2020 UNPLUGGED


Add Great Knaresborough Bed Race 2020 UNPLUGGED to your Itinerary


Tel: 01423 863419

This year, on 13th June 2020, the event cannot take place in its usual form. The outdoor parade and race have been cancelled as it is not possible for people to gather on the streets. However, the Knaresborough Lions are planning a day of fun that you can join from home.

Firstly, Households are asked to ‘Make Your Bed’: decorate a bed at home, linking it to our theme ‘What I’m looking forward to…’. It could be a normal bed, a flower bed, a model of a bed, or an actual Bed Race bed if you happen to have one. Then make and upload a video between 20 seconds and a minute long, looking as if you are in the parade with your bed. Please keep your bed secret and do not upload your clips onto other social media so that the beds are first seen when they are streamed in the virtual parade at 1pm on 13th June. There will be judging for Best Dressed Bed.

ALSO send video clips, from 20 seconds up to a minute long, of your household members facing the camera and looking as though they are running in the Bed Race, this will be streamed at 3pm. You could be behind a bed headboard appearing to push it, or just position yourselves in a racing formation. For race videos there are two essential requirements: • position yourselves in front of a single-colour background (preferably a blue or green sheet or plain wall) • film in landscape orientation (not portrait)

You can send the Lions both a parade and a race video, or just one type of clip. Send your videos to by the end of May.

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The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is one of the most spectacular community events in the UK. First staged in 1966, it features a glorious fancy dress pageant followed by a gruelling 2.4-mile time trial in which teams of six push their 'bed' and its passenger around the beautiful riverside town of Knaresborough, with its castle, cliffs and cobbled streets. The race ends with a 30-yard swim through the icy waters of the River Nidd. It is staged by the Knaresborough Lions to raise funds for worthy causes.

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