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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. Talk on Knaresborough's Green Spaces

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    Talk on Knaresborough's Green Spaces

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    Sue Wood from Harrogate Borough Council will be talking to us. Sue is responsible for Parks and Open Spaces and will be talking to us primarily about the green spaces in and around Knaresborough, most particularly Conyngham Hall, Knaresborough House and the Castle. Sue has already had good reviews...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2017 To 22 Nov 2017
  2. FREE Cream Tea And Dance

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    FREE Cream Tea And Dance

    Type

    Music

    Wetherby

    Home Cook would like to invite you to join our free admission monthly Cream Tea And Dance taking place on the last Friday of Every month at Spofforh Village Hall next taking place on Friday 24th November between 1.00 - 3.00. FREE admission includes delicious homebakes and hot beverages and...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2017 To 24 Nov 2017
  3. The Raisers

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    The Raisers

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Irish folk music -a fun night

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  4. Paul Foot:'Tis A Pity She's Not A Piglet

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    Paul Foot:'Tis A Pity She's Not A Piglet

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 25th November Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is proud to present Paul Foot with his full tour show "'Tis A Pity She's a Piglet".

    In Paul's first new show in two years, Professor Ketchup and his camembert piglet join forces as he tackles the big issues such as terrorism. Plus Ant 'n Dec,...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  5. Leeds Symphony Orchestra - Featuring Elgar's Cello Concerto

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    Leeds Symphony Orchestra - Featuring Elgar's Cello Concerto

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Leeds Symphony Orchestra
    with cello soloist Maria Marshall

    Weber – Overture: Oberon
    Lalo – Rapsodie Norvegienne
    Ben Munro – The Chase
    Elgar - Cello Concerto (Maria Marshall, Cello)
    Brahms - Symphony No.2 in D

    Conductor Martin Binks

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

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  6. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club - December

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club - December

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents our final show of 2017 on Friday 1st December, putting a fitting end to a fantastic year of comedy. As always, tickets remain at £10 in advance and are available from the Old Chemist Shop, Market Place, Knaresborough, by calling 07835 927965 or from our...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2017 To 1 Dec 2017
  7. St John's Christmas Tree Festival, Knaresborough

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    St John's Christmas Tree Festival, Knaresborough

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Annual christmas tree festival featuring entries from groups, businesses and individuals. Free entry. Refreshments and music.

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
  8. 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 2017 To 3 Dec 2017
  9. Counterfeit Sixties Show

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    Counterfeit Sixties Show

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Re-live the sounds of the swinging sixties, as Britain's No. 1 tribute show brings alive the magic of the sixties with their tribute to over twenty five bands of that era. The show encompasses everything from that period, from the clothes that were worn, to flashbacks from television history,...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
  10. Counterfeit Seventies Show

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    Counterfeit Seventies Show

    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Having toured extensively with The Counterfeit Sixties show they now bring you their unique Seventies show from a decade of glam rock through to new wave music, and everything in between!

    Featuring the music of Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, The Bay City Rollers and many, many more, they will take you...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2017 To 10 Dec 2017
  11. 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
  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:
    10 Jun 2018 To 10 Jun 2018
  13. 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
  14. 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

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