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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. Hoppity Hop Easter at Mother Shipton's CANCELLED

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    Hoppity Hop Easter at Mother Shipton's CANCELLED

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    In response to ongoing advice and activity related to Covid-19 (also known as coronavirus) we have made the tough decision to cancel our Easter event this year. We will automatically change tickets that have already been booked for this event to open tickets that will be valid until the 1st…

    Dates

    From:
    4 Apr 2020 To 19 Apr 2020
  2. Ripley Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair

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    Ripley Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripley

    3 Day Easter Fair (Our first 3 day fair)
    Saturday, Sunday & Monday 11th, 12th & 13th April 9.30am to 4.30pm
    This is a lovely fair with quality goods and would be perfect for a visit and you could even treat yourself to an Easter present.
    We have a small selection of refreshments on site.
    We are…

    Dates

    From:
    11 Apr 2020 To 11 Apr 2020
    From:
    12 Apr 2020 To 12 Apr 2020
    From:
    13 Apr 2020 To 13 Apr 2020
  3. Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

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    Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 17th April 2020, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back stand up comedian and former Soccer AM presenter, Lloyd Griffith who sold out at the Frazer in 2019.

    Lloyd is back on the road for his third UK stand up tour. It's been a busy few years for Grimsby's favourite (for now,…

    Dates

    From:
    17 Apr 2020 To 17 Apr 2020
  4. Harrogate car enthusiasts motor show and family fun day

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    Harrogate car enthusiasts motor show and family fun day

    Type

    Motorsport

    Harrogate

    Motor show of all kids of cars, bikes, tractors and steam engines. Charity stalls, animal encounters, bbq and more

    Dates

    From:
    23 May 2020 To 23 May 2020
  5. Pixie Village May Half Term

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    Pixie Village May Half Term

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Have you ever dreamt of meeting real pixies and stepping into an utterly enchanted realm? Deep in the captivating woodland, filled with fairy rings and secret doorways, pixies are waiting to play! This May Half Term, tread carefully through the land of the woodland people and keep your eyes peeled…

    Dates

    From:
    23 May 2020 To 31 May 2020
  6. 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:
    9 Aug 2020 To 19 Aug 2020
  7. Paul Foot....Swan Power

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    Paul Foot....Swan Power

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 24th October 2020, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is delighted to welcome Paul Foot back to Knaresborough.

    The multi-award winning comedian presents his brand new show. Tired of the goose? Swan Power is here. Paul opens his beak and explores topics including Nanna on the rack,…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Oct 2020 To 24 Oct 2020

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