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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. Mother Shipton's Witches and Wizards

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    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    This Summer Holiday, you have been accepted at Mother Shipton’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    Visit the Wuthering Woodland, be sorted into a school house and meet your magic teachers. Attend all your lessons including Broomstick Training and Potions to become a qualified Witch or…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Jul 2019 To 1 Sep 2019
  2. Tom Toal and Mark Simmons .. Knaresborough Comedy Festival

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    Running from 19th to 27th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2019 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see performances from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jul 2019 To 26 Jul 2019
  3. Maisie Adam and Alfie Moore .. Knaresborough Comedy Festival

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    Type

    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    Running from 19th to 27th July, the Knaresborough Comedy Festival 2019 will take place over two weekends giving the chance to see performances from eight fantastic comedians. There will be a double bill show at 8pm on the Friday and Saturday nights, each with two full Edinburgh Festival previews…

    Dates

    From:
    27 Jul 2019 To 27 Jul 2019
  4. 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:
    28 Jul 2019 To 28 Jul 2019
  5. Push the pedal

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    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    The UCI World Championships are coming to town in September. To celebrate this absolutely massive event we are having a day of all things cycling here at the Hub.
    In the morning there will be 4 x 30-minute Balance Biking sessions;
    Suitable for
    • non-riders/children learning how to balance on…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jul 2019 To 29 Jul 2019
  6. Rob Mulholland .. Too Big Too Fail

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    Comedy

    Knaresborough

    On Friday 2nd August, Knaresborough's very own Rob Mulholland will be performing his first headline show in his home town as he performs his brand new show "Too Big To Fail" which he'll be taking to the Edinburgh festival the very next day.

    Support will be provided by the ridiculously good Simon…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Aug 2019 To 2 Aug 2019
  7. Henshaws Urban Beach

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    Family Event

    Knaresborough

    Henshaws Urban Beach has become a fantastic event, held in Knaresborough every August. When the sun is shining it plays host to hundreds of children and parents every day! The atmosphere is magical with live music, face painting and other arts and crafts activities on offer.


    Once again, the beach…

    Dates

    From:
    4 Aug 2019 To 25 Aug 2019
  8. 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
  9. Ripley Show

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    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
  10. Harrogate Food & Drink Festival

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    Food & Drink

    Harrogate

    Harrogate 2019 Food & Drink Festival

    Harrogate Food & Drink Festival is a family friendly celebration of International Influence and Local Talent, expressed through International Food, Independent Drink, Live Music, Arts and Charity. All of this is underpinned by our core philosophy to showcase…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2019 To 26 Aug 2019
  11. 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
  12. Knaresborough Rugby Club Camping

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    Pop-up accommodation

    Knaresborough

    Knaresborough rugby Club will be opening there facilities for the UCI event this September. We have full caravan and camping facilities to offer for any visitors to the event .

    Full shower and bar and Baracue nights and we also work closely with the local Knaresborough restaurants and café…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Sep 2019 To 30 Sep 2019
  13. 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:
    2 Nov 2019 To 2 Nov 2019
  14. 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
  15. Great Knaresborough Bed Race

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    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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