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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. Jollyboat

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    Jollyboat

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 22nd June 2018, the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is excited to host musical comedy double act, Jollyboat.

    A favourite among many Comedy Club regulars, Jollyboat are the UK's best comedy-pirate-geek-rock duo. Brothers Tommy and Ed write catchy songs and lyrics packed with fast-paced...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jun 2018 To 22 Jun 2018
  2. Northern Aldborough Festival: Rhythm & Song

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    Northern Aldborough Festival: Rhythm & Song

    Type

    Music

    Wetherby

    Andy Scott is one of the UK's leading saxophonists, whose career, from his early days in the award winning Apollo Saxophone Quartet, has encompassed many different styles and areas of music-making. Andy is also an award-winning composer, whose music has been performed across the globe. Nicholas...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jun 2018 To 28 Jun 2018
  3. Northern Aldborough Festival: Travelling by Tuba

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    Northern Aldborough Festival: Travelling by Tuba

    Type

    Music

    Wetherby

    Playing an innumerable array of wind and brass instruments, Travelling by Tuba present a concert spanning over fifteen thousand years of music. Beginning with the simplicity of the first natural instruments including the conch shell from the Pacific and the Viking horn from Scandinavia and ending...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jun 2018 To 28 Jun 2018
  4. Whisky Evening

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    Whisky Evening

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Knaresborough

    We are pleased to be welcoming the famous Gordon & Macphail on Friday 6th July 2018. Ben our whisky specialist will be hosting this evening where you will be tasting several different whiskies with well accompanied Yorkshire tapas, in front of the fire in Jacobean Library.

    We will be starting with...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jul 2018 To 6 Jul 2018
  5. 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
  6. Open Air Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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    Open Air Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Type

    Performance

    Knaresborough

    Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents... Open Air Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Deep in the Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world's greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2018 To 22 Jul 2018
  7. 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:
    5 Aug 2018 To 5 Aug 2018
  8. 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:
    10 Aug 2018 To 19 Aug 2018
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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:
    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
  12. 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:
    9 Jun 2019 To 9 Jun 2019

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