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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. Ripley Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair

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    Ripley Antiques, Vintage & Collectors Fair

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    Fete / Fair

    Ripley

    Antique Collectors & Vintage Fair (2 day Fair). This is located in the beautiful North Yorkshire village of Ripley. Ripley is famous for its ice cream - which is a must to have, you can also visit the castle and go for some lovely walks locally.
    A free car park is at the entrance of the village and…

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2019 To 16 Nov 2019
    From:
    17 Nov 2019 To 17 Nov 2019
  2. Leeds Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Dvorak

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    Leeds Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Dvorak

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    Concert

    Knaresborough

    Leeds Symphony Orchestra returns to Knaresborough for an evening of wonderful classical music. The orchestra will be joined by two up-and coming musicians: Violinist Savva Zverev who will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, and John Lyon, guest conductor of Dvorak's Symphony No.8.

    Weber –…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
  3. Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club - Autumn Exhibition 2019

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    Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club - Autumn Exhibition 2019

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripley

    The Autumn Exhibtion of The Harrogate & Nidderdale Art Club. A varied collection of art by local artists. Originals, prints and postcards will be available to buy.

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 24 Nov 2019
  4. John Robertson-The Dark Room for Kids

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    John Robertson-The Dark Room for Kids

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    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 23rd November at 2pm, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club is proud to host the winner of the BEST KIDS SHOW at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2018, John Robertson's "The Dark Room for Kids".

    Tickets are £10 for adults and £7 for children with a family of 4 (max 2 adults) for £30 (10% booking…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
  5. John Robertson-The Dark Room

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    John Robertson-The Dark Room

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Saturday 23rd November at 8pm the Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back John Robertson with his interactive game show for adults "The Dark Room".

    Tickets are £10 (+ £1 booking fee) and are available from our online box at www.frazertheatre.co.uk or by calling 07835 927965.

    Doors open at 7…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
  6. Henshaws Handmade Christmas Workshops

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    Henshaws Handmade Christmas Workshops

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Join a Henshaws Handmade Christmas workshop and enjoy a few hours of relaxed crafting. This year we are offering a range of festive workshops including wreath making, wooden reindeer or tree decorations.

    All workshops take place in the relaxed setting of our welcoming Arts & Crafts Centre in…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2019 To 24 Nov 2019
  7. The Gift People Christmas Fair

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    The Gift People Christmas Fair

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    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    The Gift People, A creative workshop for adults with disabilities, is hosting it's annual Christmas Fair on Friday 29th and Saturday the 30th of November 2019.
    All gifts for sale are hand made here at The Gift People! We will be doing a raffle with prizes provided from local businesses.…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Nov 2019 To 29 Nov 2019
    From:
    30 Nov 2019 To 30 Nov 2019
    From:
    30 Nov 2019 To 30 Nov 2019
  8. Champion Day, Christmas for Children and Adults with Additional Needs

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    Champion Day, Christmas for Children and Adults with Additional Needs

    Type

    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Mother Shipton’s will be hosting a Champion Day on 30th November for children and adults who would prefer a quieter, more relaxed visit to Santa with no bright lights or loud noises.

    Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2019 To 30 Nov 2019
  9. Christmas at Mother Shipton's

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    Christmas at Mother Shipton's

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    Christmas

    Knaresborough

    Santa is flying here to see you! Let the twinkling lights draw you into the wonder of Mother Shipton’s magical memory-making Christmas experience.

    The excitement begins with Santa’s jolly elves giving each child their own festive activity pack. Adults can enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2019 To 24 Dec 2019
  10. Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

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    Frazer Theatre Comedy Club

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 6th December the final Frazer Theatre Comedy Club of 2019 tops off our best year of comedy ever, following on from a triumphant 5th birthday show last month. Not ones to rest on our laurels though, we've made sure that we get your festive season off to the best start possible, with…

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2019 To 6 Dec 2019
  11. 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:
    7 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
  12. Cinderella

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    Cinderella

    Type

    Theatre

    Knaresborough

    From 16th to 25th January 2020 the Knaresborough Players will be presenting the most magical pantomime of them all!

    Cinderella is as kind as she is beautiful. Sadly, her loving Mother died when she was young and for the sake of Cinderella, her Father the Baron re-married a woman with two daughters…

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    16 Jan 2020 To 16 Jan 2020
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    17 Jan 2020 To 17 Jan 2020
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    18 Jan 2020 To 18 Jan 2020
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    18 Jan 2020 To 18 Jan 2020
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    19 Jan 2020 To 19 Jan 2020
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    22 Jan 2020 To 22 Jan 2020
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    23 Jan 2020 To 23 Jan 2020
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    24 Jan 2020 To 24 Jan 2020
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    25 Jan 2020 To 25 Jan 2020
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    25 Jan 2020 To 25 Jan 2020
  13. John-Luke Roberts:After Me Comes The Flood

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    John-Luke Roberts:After Me Comes The Flood

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    In a brand-new hour of extraordinary daft-hearted comedy, expect to not know why you are laughing once more… even when he gives you the punchline first. Jokes about staring into the Nietzschean void, the stupid decisions of kings and how Pinocchio can save the world all might make appearances in…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2020 To 21 Feb 2020
  14. Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

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    Lloyd Griffith:Not Just A Pretty Face

    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 17th April 2020, The Frazer Theatre Comedy Club welcomes back stand up comedian and former Soccer AM presenter, Lloyd Griffith who sold out at the Frazer in 2019.

    Lloyd is back on the road for his third UK stand up tour. It's been a busy few years for Grimsby's favourite (for now,…

    Dates

    From:
    17 Apr 2020 To 17 Apr 2020
  15. 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:
    8 Jun 2020 To 8 Jun 2020
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    13 Jun 2020 To 13 Jun 2020
  16. 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:
    9 Aug 2020 To 19 Aug 2020

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