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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. Christmas at Mother Shipton's

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    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Mother Shipton's is opening for the first time this Christmas. Children meet Santa, then choose from an array of wonderful gifts in his Toy Shop. Be greeted by the Head Elf for story time and don't forget to bring your camera for a photo opportunity in Santa's Sleigh! Create a wish to hang on...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  2. Spofforth Christmas Fair

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    Christmas

    Wetherby

    A Christmas Fair, including local craft stalls, games for the kids, Santas Grotto, Mulled Wine and a local school choir. Fun for young and old alike

    Dates

    From:
    16 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    16 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  3. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is kicking off our year-long "Five Years of Funny" celebration in style, as we hurtle towards November 2019 and the biggest show we've ever done to mark our fifth birthday! We take the first step on the road to this enormous show on Friday January 4th with a show...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jan 2019 To 4 Jan 2019
  4. Camelot - The Panto!

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    Theatre

    Knaresborough

    The Knaresborough Players will once again be providing an extension to the festive period with their annual family pantomime which runs from Thursday 17th to Saturday 26th January 2019.

    Come one come all to 'Camelot – The Panto!', a show which is sure to be fabulous fun for the whole family – as...

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jan 2019 To 26 Jan 2019
  5. Snowdrop Days

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    Gardens

    Knaresborough

    Snowdrop Days - Sunday 10th & 17th Feb 2019 10-4pm
    Our spectacular annual display in our 12 acre grounds is made up of two species, single galanthus nivalis and double galanthus nivalis flore pleno, as well as more than 50 rare varieties (some so rare they haven't even been named yet). in our...

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    From:
    10 Feb 2019 To 10 Feb 2019
    From:
    17 Feb 2019 To 17 Feb 2019
  6. Lloyd Griffith-All Rounder

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 16th February 2019 The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club presents Lloyd Griffith.

    After the success of his sold out 2017/18 UK tour, comedian, choirboy and host of Soccer AM, Lloyd Griffith is back on the road with his hilarious new stand-up show. Expect jokes, dubious impressions, jokes, a...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Feb 2019 To 16 Feb 2019
  7. Brennan Reece - Evermore

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 22nd March the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is delighted to welcome back star of Live At The Apollo (BBC) and Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Brennan Reece returns with his third UK tour – Evermore.

    Brennan is a multi-award winning working class wordsmith (Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Mar 2019 To 22 Mar 2019
  8. 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:
    9 Jun 2019 To 9 Jun 2019
  9. 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
  10. FEVA: Knaresborough's Festival of Visual Arts and Entertainment

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    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 2019 To 19 Aug 2019
  11. 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 2019 To 2 Dec 2019

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