Attractions and Events

Aside from the Castle, sights to see in Knaresborough include Mother Shipton’s Petrifying Well, The House in the Rock and several cave dwellings, one of which is a chapel dating from the Middle Ages. Knaresborough is also the site of Ye Oldest Chemist Shoppe in England, opened in 1720. There is also the Courthouse Museum which is located in the Castle grounds. The Castle grounds are used as a public open space which includes a bowling green.

Each year the Town hosts a number of large social events, chief among them being the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. Every summer since 1966, teams comprising six runners and one passenger, decorate special tube frame ‘beds’ for a parade through the town. Then, once the beds have been stripped of their non-essential decorations, they compete to push the bed on a race throughout the town. The event has attracted over 25,000 people to the town.

There is also an annual arts festival, FEVA (Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts) which has been running since 2001. This takes place in the summer in various locations throughout the town centre.

 The principal areas of public open space in the town are the grounds of Knaresborough Castle, the nearby Bebra Gardens (formerly Moat Gardens) named after Knaresborough’s twin town in Germany, the grounds of Conyngham Hall, Horseshoe Field, King George V Playing Field and Jacob Smith Park, a 30-hectare parkland on the edge of the town bequeathed to Knaresborough by Miss Winifred Jacob Smith.

 

 

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Latest News

Town Twinning - Bebra Visit June 2024

Town Twinning - Bebra Visit June 2024

Published: 25 Jun 24

Report of visit from twin town Bebra to Knaresborough, 6-11 June 2024. Click on the link to read the full report of the visit. Read More...

New Mayor of Knaresborough 2024-25

New Mayor of Knaresborough 2024-25

Published: 12 Jun 24

On Thursday 23rd May at the Annual Meeting of the Town, Knaresborough Town Council hosted our Mayor Making event. The outgoing Mayor Cllr Hannah Gostlow then invested the new Mayor for 2024/2025 Cllr Margy Longhurst. Read More...

D-Day 80th Anniversary Commemoration Event

D-Day 80th Anniversary Commemoration Event

Published: 12 Jun 24

On Thursday 6th June Knaresborough joined the nation in commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, to pay our respect and say thank you to all who sacrificed their lives in WW2, and the many that fought so bravely and returned home. Read More...

Knaresborough Town Council Newsletter Spring 2024

Knaresborough Town Council Newsletter Spring 2024

Published: 18 Apr 24

Click on the link to read KTC's spring 2024 newsletter. Highlights of the spring issue include a message from the Mayor of Knaresborough, an update on vehicle activated speed signs and news about grants given by KTC to local groups and organisations over the last 12 months. Read More...

Annual Town Meeting

Annual Town Meeting

Published: 27 Feb 24

Notice of Annual Town Meeting Monday 11 March 2024 at 7.30 p.m. Read More...

Mint Garth Play Area

Mint Garth Play Area

Published: 23 Jan 24

North Yorkshire Council is working with Knaresborough Town Council on a project to improve the quality of the Mint Garth Play Area in Knaresborough Read More...

Knaresborough - Volodymyr Town Twinning

Knaresborough - Volodymyr Town Twinning

Published: 25 Oct 23

Today the Mayor of Knaresborough, Councillor Hannah Gostlow, has signed a Town Twinning Agreement between Knaresborough and Volodymyr, Volyn region in the Ukraine. Read More...

Knaresborough Town Council visit to the new Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre

Knaresborough Town Council visit to the new Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre

Published: 12 Apr 23

Three Knaresborough Town Council councillors, Margy Longhurst, Matt Walker and Helen Westmancoat, visited the new Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre on March 28th to view the building construction stage and to see what progress is being made. Read More...

New Flags for Knaresborough Castle

New Flags for Knaresborough Castle

Published: 12 Apr 23

Knaresborough Town Council Castle Working Group has been busy on a project to get flagpoles installed in the Castle grounds. Read More...

Freedom of the Town

Freedom of the Town

Published: 10 May 22

Knaresborough Town Council is delighted to confirm that at its final meeting of the 2018 Town Council on Monday 25 April, Honorary Freedom of the Town was conferred on Hazel Haas in recognition of the extraordinary contribution she has made to the lives of the people of Knaresborough. Read More...

Arnold Kellett Way

Arnold Kellett Way

Published: 7 Apr 20

Road Name Honour for Arnold Kellett Read More...

Castle Lighting Scheme

Castle Lighting Scheme

Published: 28 Mar 19

Lighting up Knaresborough Castle - see here for more details. Read More...