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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. Knasty Knaresborough

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    Knasty Knaresborough

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    This summer discover criminal tales from Knaresborough’s past.  Each week a different local historical character will be put on trial and their story explored through family activities.

    Throughout the holidays you can pick up a Knasty Knaresborough trail to explore the museum and Castle or a...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2018 To 2 Sep 2018
  2. Robin Hood Summer Adventure

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    Robin Hood Summer Adventure

    Type

    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Robin Hood will be in the park during the summer holidays, perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you. Defeat the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and help unite Maid Marion with her true love.
    As you walk through magical woodland props and characters will bring the legend alive. Actors will...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2018 To 31 Aug 2018
  3. 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
  4. Gavin Webster : World Tour

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    Gavin Webster : World Tour

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 14th September, Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes comedian Gavin Webster for an intimate gig upstairs at the Frazer.

    Cult Geordie comedian of over 25 years Gavin Webster is finally doing a tour, a World tour to be exact. A massive influence on the stand up scene on Tyneside he's...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2018 To 14 Sep 2018
  5. 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
  6. Allerton Castle Special Tour

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    Allerton Castle Special Tour

    Type

    Heritage

    Knaresborough

    Allerton Castle Special Tour starts at 1pm with a sherry reception followed by a short history from 1066 and a tour of the first-floor rooms. After a break for afternoon tea in the ballroom we ascend the Great Hall Staircase for an exclusive visit to the second-floor bedchambers and suites...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Oct 2018 To 21 Oct 2018
  7. Knaresborough Christmas Market

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    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:
    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
  8. 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
  9. Tockwith & District Show

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    Tockwith & District Show

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    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 2019 To 5 Aug 2019

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