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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. Allerton Castle Special Tour

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    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    Allerton Castle Special Tour starts at 1pm with a sherry reception followed by a short history from 1066 and a tour of the first-floor rooms. After a break for afternoon tea in the ballroom we ascend the Great Hall Staircase for an exclusive visit to the second-floor bedchambers and suites...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2018 To 21 Oct 2018
  2. Creepy Castle

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    Hop tu Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Drop in daily to pick up our Vile Visitors trail, enjoy crafts, become a witch or her cat in our photo stand or get a temporary tattoo.  Your ticket includes the secret underground tunnel, dungeon and museum too!

     

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  3. Mini Festival of Gin

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    Food & Drink

    Knaresborough

    Popping up at the fabulous Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre, The Gin Shack will bring over 30 unique gins for you to try along with a few Quirky craft ales and some fizz if you fancy a break from the gin.

    We're organising some tasty treats to compliment the gins and of course there will be live music...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  4. Halloween - Mother Shipton's Enchanted Forest

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    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Journey through Mother Shipton's Enchanted Forest to break the Witch's curse. Come in your best Halloween costumes for the daily costume competition at 2pm.

    Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure trail. Fun for all...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  5. Terrifying Tales

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    Hop tu Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Drop in to enjoy some spooky storytelling with Harrogate Children's Book Group.

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2018 To 28 Oct 2018
  6. Pungent Potions and Medieval Medicine workshop

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    Type

    Hop tu Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Your chance to discover what foul smelling liquids and creatures were used in medicines in the past and make some of your own, alongside some explosive potion making!  

    Suitable for children aged 7 and over, under 8's must be accompanied.  Booking is required.

    Dates

    From:
    29 Oct 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  7. Halloween Witch's Mystery Trail

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    Hop tu Naa/Bonfire Night

    Knaresborough

    Mix the witch’s potion by exploring the Castle after dark to find the potion ingredients.  A great alternative to trick or treating, and a goody bag included!

    Suitable for ages 5 and over, all children must be accompanied by an adult.  

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2018 To 31 Oct 2018
  8. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Thankful Village'

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    Type

    Theatre

    Wetherby

    An original comedy-drama by Kate Bramley (ex-Hull Truck Theatre) with music by (SONY Radio Academy Award Winner) Jez Lowe & design by Catherine Dawn.
    A poignant play that follows the lives of three women from the same rural household - above & below stairs - through the long years of The Great...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Nov 2018 To 1 Nov 2018
  9. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club 4th Birthday Show

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    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    It's our fourth birthday! The Frazer Theatre Comedy celebrates four glorious years of laughs on Friday 2nd November and we're bringing the party in style with one of the greatest line-ups we've ever had!

    As always, tickets remain at £10 in advance and are available from the Old Chemist Shop,...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  10. Murder Mystery Evening

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    Food & Drink

    Knaresborough

    Guests are invited to step back in time to the roaring 1920s and to be the very special guests of HRH Princess Mary, the former Royal Resident of Goldsborough Hall. With personal invitations sent to each guest revealing their character for the evening and possibly a secret clue or two, everyone...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  11. Gossip of a Town Crier

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    Lecture

    Knaresborough

    Roger Hewitt, our Town Crier, will tell us about curious visitors and the local gossip of our town. This is guaranteed to be entertaining and illuminating.

    Dates

    From:
    13 Nov 2018 To 13 Nov 2018
  12. Paul Foot - Image Conscious

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    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 17th November the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is delighted to welcome back Paul Foot with his new tour show "Image Conscious".

    Tickets are £14 and are available from our online box office at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or phone 07835 927965 (booking fee applies) . The show starts at 7.30pm...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  13. Beaujolais Wine Dinner

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    Food & Drink

    Knaresborough

    We're pleased to announce the next date of our ever so popular wine dinners at the Hall. This time, we will be looking at the Beaujolais wine region of eastern France which is famous for its vibrant and fruity red wines.

    Dinner will be expertly paired with a selection of Beaujolais wines. Our wine...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2018 To 23 Nov 2018
  14. Swing Again

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    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Join Collavoce Choir, The Radio Pensacola Band, The Fabulous Swing Again Singers and Mr Gerri Keane for a fabulous evening of vintage music and dance. Tickets £10 Tel/Text 07375 031507 or collavocecoro@gmail.com
    Further info about this event can be found on the Collavoce Facebook page....

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 24 Nov 2018
  15. Alfie Moore..Getting Away with Murder

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    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 1st December, Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back Alfie Moore with his latest stand-up comedy show, "Getting Away With Murder" In this show the former Detective Sergeant, and star of BBC Radio 4 comedy 'It's A Fair Cop', takes you on a thrilling and hilarious interactive journey...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 1 Dec 2018
  16. Knaresborough Christmas Market

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    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.  

    Visit our traditional Yorkshire Christmas Market for a feast to greet the senses, Fine local food and drink stalls, lovely handmade...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
  17. Snowdrop Days

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    Type

    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    Snowdrop Days - Sunday 10th & 17th Feb 2019 10-4pm
    Our spectacular annual display in our 12 acre grounds is made up of two species, single galanthus nivalis and double galanthus nivalis flore pleno, as well as more than 50 rare varieties (some so rare they haven't even been named yet). in our...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2019 To 10 Feb 2019
    From:
    17 Feb 2019 To 17 Feb 2019
  18. Lloyd Griffith-All Rounder

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    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 16th February 2019 The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents Lloyd Griffith.

    After the success of his sold out 2017/18 UK tour, comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM, Lloyd Griffith is back on the road with his hilarious new stand-up show. Expect jokes, dubious impressions, jokes, a...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019 To 16 Feb 2019
  19. Great Knaresborough Bed Race

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    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:
    9 Jun 2019 To 9 Jun 2019
  20. Tockwith & District Show

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    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:
    5 Aug 2019 To 5 Aug 2019
  21. FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

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    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:
    10 Aug 2019 To 19 Aug 2019

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