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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. May Half Term: Unicorns and Dinosaurs

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    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    This Half Term trot to Mother Shipton's for a day of Unicorn magic and have a roarsome time searching for Dinosaur footprints. Unicorns and Dinosaurs are in the park, follow the adventure trail and you never know what you might find!
    The park will be transformed, creating an engaging May Half Term...

    Dates

    From:
    17 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
    From:
    25 May 2019 To 2 Jun 2019
  2. Harrogate and Nidderdale  art club SpringArt Ex

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    Exhibition

    Ripley

    Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club are holding their spring art exhibition and sale of works at Ripley Town Hall, Ripley, Nr Harrogate, HG3 3AX from 25 May to 27 May 2019. The exhibition is open each day from 10.30am to 5.30pm and admission is free. Club details www.handnart.co.uk

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2019 To 27 May 2019
  3. 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:
    8 Jun 2019 To 8 Jun 2019
  4. Henshaws Bed Fest Music Festival

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    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    Now in its seventh year, Bed Fest is a twelve hour feast of live music that accompanies the Bed Race in Knaresborough.

    Founded in 2013, the festival has grown in to a huge celebration of grass roots music and been embraced as the biggest Bed Race after party in Knaresborough.

    Henshaws Arts &...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Jun 2019 To 8 Jun 2019
  5. The Homes & Garden Fair at Ripley Castle

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripley

    150 top quality homes, garden, food and gift companies selling original and stylish products you won't find on the high street from decorative accessories, soft furnishings, outdoor furniture and plants to vintage homewares, gifts, ceramics, unusual food and drink, fashion, jewellery, health and...

    Dates

    From:
    13 Jun 2019 To 14 Jun 2019
  6. Northern Aldborough Festival: The Tim Kliphuis Sextet

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    Type

    Music

    Wetherby

    And now for something different...The internationally renowned Tim Kliphuis Sextet perform "the most breathtaking instrumental show you'll hear this year", with a stunning musical blend of gypsy jazz, classical and folk music delivered with finesse to include a re-working of Vivalid's Four Seasons....

    Dates

    From:
    19 Jun 2019 To 19 Jun 2019
  7. Badapple Theatre Company present 'The Frozen Roman', Markington War Memorial Institute

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    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    THE FROZEN ROMAN
    A new comedy by Kate Bramley with songs and music by Jez Lowe.
    Based on an original idea by Jez Lowe. Design by Catherine Dawn.

    They came, they saw, they built a wall.....they went away again. Or did they?
    A clandestine meeting at the Phoenix pub gets heated as the villagers rack...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jun 2019 To 21 Jun 2019
  8. Alun Cochrane and Tom Taylor

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    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Wednesday 26th June Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents a double bill of comedians with work in progress shows as they prepare for the Edinburgh Festival.


    Alun Cochrane: Work in Progress

    Alun Cochrane has been doing solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2004. He has performed at...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jun 2019 To 26 Jun 2019
  9. Tribute Nights 2019 @ Scotton Village Hall

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    Type

    Music

    Knaresborough

    George Michael - Saturday 2nd March
    Blues Brothers - Friday 28th June
    ABBA - Saturday 2nd November

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jun 2019 To 28 Jun 2019
    From:
    2 Nov 2019 To 2 Nov 2019
  10. The Blue Bird  - a choral celebration of nature

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    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    Join Vocalis Chamber Choir with their talented young musical director Alex Kyle for their popular summer evening concert which this year is being held in All Saint's Church in the charming village of Ripley. The theme of this summer evening concert 'The Blue Bird' is a choral celebration of the...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jul 2019 To 6 Jul 2019
  11. Summer Garden Opening for the NGS

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    Type

    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    National Garden Scheme Summer opening

    Goldsborough Hall will be opening on Sunday 21st July for the National Garden Scheme. At this time of year the garden is full of interest including the rose garden, the 120ft herbaceous borders and our new border planted with rose 'Yorkshire Princess' named...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2019 To 21 Jul 2019
  12. Tockwith & District Show

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    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:
    28 Jul 2019 To 28 Jul 2019
  13. FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

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    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 2019 To 19 Aug 2019
  14. Ripley Show

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    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    With competitive events, demonstrations, competitions, country activities and trade stands, there really is something for everybody at the Ripley Show.

    The Show takes place in the shadow of Ripley Castle near Harrogate and is a traditional country show in a beautiful location. Come and visit us...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2019 To 11 Aug 2019
  15. The Harrogate Food & Drink Festival

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    Type

    Food & Drink

    Harrogate

    A Bank Holiday Feast, You Say?

    Harrogate Food & Drink Festival is coming to Chapel Flats, Ripley Castle on August 24-26, 2019.

    Join us mouth-watering International Cuisines, Street Food, Fine Artisan Produce, Superb Live Music, Live Chef Demo's & Live Entertainment.

    Looking for an brilliant day...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2019 To 26 Aug 2019
  16. Knaresborough Rugby club

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    Type

    UCI Road World Championships

    Knaresborough

    Full camping, caravans and motorhome facilities with use off showers and tiolets, club house bar and parking , staffed and full cctv security with easy access to bus and train and for riders a daily trip up the famous Beryl Burton cycle paths . barbacue's at the readyto use.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Sep 2019 To 30 Sep 2019
  17. Knaresborough Christmas Market

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    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:
    7 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019

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