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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. Cinderella

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    Cinderella

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    Theatre

    Knaresborough

    From 16th to 25th January 2020 the Knaresborough Players will be presenting the most magical pantomime of them all!

    Cinderella is as kind as she is beautiful. Sadly, her loving Mother died when she was young and for the sake of Cinderella, her Father the Baron re-married a woman with two daughters…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Jan 2020 To 25 Jan 2020
    From:
    25 Jan 2020 To 25 Jan 2020
  2. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club enjoyed a riotous sell-out show in January and we're keeping things rolling with another evening of absolutely top-notch comedy on Friday February 7th. Four more of the best in the business will perform on our hallowed stage, making it another evening you just can't…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Feb 2020 To 7 Feb 2020
  3. Snow Drop Days Feb 2020

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    Snow Drop Days Feb 2020

    Type

    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    We will be opening the gardens once again for snowdrops on three days in February. On Snowdrop days, visitors can enjoy access to the grounds of this private former Royal residence, also taking in delicate hellebores and carpets of winter aconites.

    They can enjoy a stroll down the quarter-mile…

    Dates

    From:
    9 Feb 2020 To 9 Feb 2020
    From:
    16 Feb 2020 To 16 Feb 2020
    From:
    22 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
  4. Wedding Fayre

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    Wedding Fayre

    Type

    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    Sunday 23rd February 2020
    12:30pm - 3:00pm
    All are welcome to come and view our elegant state rooms and luxurious accommodation. It's a great chance for you to see the rooms set up for a wedding and how the hall could look on your wedding day.

    Fizz and canapes will be served throughout the…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Feb 2020 To 23 Feb 2020
  5. John-Luke Roberts:After Me Comes The Flood

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    John-Luke Roberts:After Me Comes The Flood

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    In a brand-new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, expect to not know why you are laughing once more… even when he gives you the punchline first. Jokes about staring into the Nietzschean void, the stupid decisions of kings and how Pinocchio can save the world all might make appearances in…

    Dates

    From:
    28 Feb 2020 To 28 Feb 2020
  6. Mother's Day Weekend

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    Mother's Day Weekend

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    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND
    21st & 22nd March 2020

    Why not treat your Mother with a celebratory lunch where we do all the work. Served in the Orangery or The Dining Room with a menu created from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients by our head chef Chris O'Callaghan and includes a gift for your mother.…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Mar 2020 To 21 Mar 2020
    From:
    22 Mar 2020 To 22 Mar 2020
  7. Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

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    Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

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    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
  8. Great Knaresborough Bed Race

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    Great Knaresborough Bed Race

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    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:
    13 Jun 2020 To 13 Jun 2020
  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:
    9 Aug 2020 To 19 Aug 2020
  10. Paul Foot....Swan Power

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    Paul Foot....Swan Power

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    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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