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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. Gary Hall

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    Gary Hall

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Blues with Gary

    Dates

    From:
    24 Feb 2018 To 24 Feb 2018
  2. Leeds Symphony Orchestra

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    Leeds Symphony Orchestra

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Leeds Symphony Orchestra
    Featuring violin soloist David Tan

    Glinka – Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel
    Barber – Violin Concerto (David Tan, Violin)
    Franck - Symphony in D minor

    Conductor: Martin Binks

    Adults £12, Children Free
    Tickets available on the door or in...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Feb 2018 To 24 Feb 2018
  3. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club March '18

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club March '18

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents another superb show on Friday 2nd March, as four more great comedy talents descend upon the town for your entertainment. As always, tickets remain at £10 in advance and are available from the Old Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough, by calling 07835...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Mar 2018 To 2 Mar 2018
  4. Brennan Reece - Everlong

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    Brennan Reece - Everlong

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 9th March the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is delighted to welcome back Brennan Reece as he embarks on his first national tour.

    English Comedian Of The Year and Edinburgh Best Newcomer nominee is back with a brand new show! Following last years sold out UK and Australian tour, Brennan...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Mar 2018 To 9 Mar 2018
  5. Peter Rabbit Easter Adventure

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    Peter Rabbit Easter Adventure

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Follow the Mother Shipton's Easter trail and meet characters from Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit stories. As you walk through magical woodland props and characters will bring the story of the mischievous bunny to life. Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Mar 2018 To 15 Apr 2018
  6. Family Fun Day

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    Family Fun Day

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Knaresborough

    Enjoy a relaxing day of games, crafts and a chance to start your own Spring seedlings.

    See the Castle, Sallyport and Museum for just £2 adults and concessions, £1 per child.  Games will be free, some activities may have a small charge.

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    14 Apr 2018 To 14 Apr 2018
  7. 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 2018 To 10 Jun 2018
  8. Civil War in Knaresborough

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    Civil War in Knaresborough

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Knaresborough

    A spectacular experience from the days of the English Civil War, as re-enactors from the Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment of the Sealed Knot Society create a living history village with cameos of 17th century life.

    Let us transport you back to a time when the sights and sounds of cannon, musket...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    8 Jul 2018 To 8 Jul 2018
  9. Tockwith & District Show

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    Tockwith & District Show

    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:
    6 Aug 2018 To 6 Aug 2018
  10. The Castle Under Siege!

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    The Castle Under Siege!

    Type

    Historic

    Knaresborough

    A special day discovering the weapons and weak spots that were used to attack Knaresborough Castle in the past.  Make your own weapons and take a tour to attack the ramparts!

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2018 To 11 Aug 2018
  11. 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 2018 To 20 Aug 2018
  12. Heritage Open Day at Knaresborough Castle

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    Heritage Open Day at Knaresborough Castle

    Type

    Historic

    Knaresborough

    Enjoy free entry to the Keep and Courthouse Museum.  Heritage Open days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or usually charge for admission.  Discover other interesting local places to visit www...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2018 To 15 Sep 2018
  13. 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.  

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

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2018 To 3 Dec 2018

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