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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. Girl wearing pink coat, pink gloves and hairband sits on white sleigh with dad in blue furry jacket and blue hat, pulled by three white reindeer under

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    Winter Woodland Walks

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    Winter

    Knaresborough

    A gorgeous Winter Woodland Walk with lots of festive delights and twinkling lights to see along the way! The magic of Christmas is here; Santa will be visiting and giving children a special wave from his safe and cozy grotto, and his festive friends are taking up residence in our very own Christmas…

    Dates

    From:
    5 Dec 2020 To 24 Dec 2020
  2. St John's Christmas Tree Festival, Knaresborough

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    St John's Christmas Tree Festival, Knaresborough

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    This year’s festival will be a little different; to facilitate the physical distancing guidelines the festival will take place both within St Johns Church, and across Knaresborough town centre.

    This year’s theme will be “Lighten the Darkness” and an on-line trail will be available to download…

    Dates

    From:
    12 Dec 2020 To 6 Jan 2021
  3. Knaresborough Virtual Duck Race

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    Knaresborough Virtual Duck Race

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    Competition / Game

    Knaresborough

    What Usually Happens: Around 5000 plastic ducks will be dropped from High Bridge in Knaresborough, and then make their way downstream to the finish line outside Marigold's Cafe. The first duck to the finishing line wins £100! Tickets are on sale now for £1. Also there is a corporate ticket option,…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2021 To 1 Jan 2021

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