Knaresborough’s 2018 feva Festival offers something for everyone


Tickets have gone on sale for the 2018 Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts, touted to offer the widest range of events tailored to different interests in the Festival’s 18-year history. As ever, the Festival starts on the second Friday in August and runs for 10 days, making it the largest town festival in Yorkshire to run through the summer school holidays.

Tony Cerexhe, chairman of the feva organising committee, said:

In recent years, we have managed to attract more varied attractions for people. This year there is a new focus on workshops for arts and crafts. These will offer sessions geared to creativity and mindfulness, watercolour painting, self-publishing, fabric weaving, the making of scarecrows and trinket boxes.

While we have run workshops in the past, there is a lot more and a wider range this year.

In addition, we have music of all types – classical, choral, blues, folk, rock and roll, jazz and swing. The tribute act on the middle Wednesday of feva, is Swede Dreamz, who reprise Abba numbers. In addition, the great Snake Davis and Burden of Paradise are returning, along with Phil Lyons and the New Vintage Band, and the much-anticipated concert by Edwina Hayes – the ‘Sweetest Voice in England!

There are also plays, poetry recitals, book readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, special menu offering from Knaresborough’s eateries, and a number of 800th-year memorials for Knaresborough’s famous hermit, St Robert.

We are again staging free street entertainment on each year, which has become such a hallmark of feva. There is something to be found going on most of the time, ranging from old favourites such as Properpunch, the Great Mandavi and Uncle Bob, to Knaresborough Mummers, town criers’ competition and the enchanting youngsters from Studio 3.

Altogether, there are some 84 events staged during the Festival by feva groups. In addition, Henshaws has its Urban Beach every day during feva, which has proved a huge draw for parents, grandparents but especially small children. Henshaws imports 40 tonnes of play sand which is spread around straw bales and is a superb attraction for children during the holidays.

On Saturday 18 August feva builds to a climax with the free Picnic in the Park in the grounds of Knaresborough House, featuring live bands and DJ performances. For the first time this will be accompanied over the same weekend by the Lions’ Beer Festival, which offers over 20 different real ales, along with ciders, wine, Pimms and food.

Tony said:

What could be better, with the sort of summer we are having, we are confident that people from all over North will come to Knaresborough during 10 to 19 August for a touch of the town’s very own special feva.

Full details on the feva line-up, as well as ways to book tickets are available on the event’s website



Knaresborough’s Urban Beach – Henshaws – throughout feva

Throughout feva festival-goers will be able to again enjoy the Urban Beach in the lively setting of Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre on Bond End. This has been a smash hit with children and their elders in past years, and features sand, games, loungers, chairs and tables. There will be live and DJ music much of the time, and there is food and drink from Henshaws’ cafe to enjoy. As this feva Programme shows, there is much to see, watch and listen to at Henshaws throughout the festival. Up-to-the-minute information during feva is on or

Online bookings for tickets:

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Friday 10 August

  • Scarecrow Making Workshop – Studio 3 – 10 am to 12 noon

Lots of creative scarecrow activities for children aged five and over. Parents welcome. All scarecrows are eligible for entry into the Scarecrow Trail at St John’s Church. Price includes materials. Direct telephone bookings only on 07966 173636. £3.50

  • Bob’s Your Uncle – Market Place – at 12 noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm

feva opens at noon with fabulous family fun and magic from the endlessly energetic Bob. Free

  • Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies – Frazer Theatre – 7 pm

A double 2015 BBC Folk Awards nomination – best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the folk and acoustic music scene. Two sets with a break. £12 @


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Jez is one of the busiest live performers in the country, and his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers like Fairport Convention, the Dubliners, Bob Fox, and by the new breed of stars like the Unthanks, Young’uns and Duhks. Jez will make festival appearances this year at Warwick, Chester, Whitby, Broadstairs and Sidmouth, and tours of the UK, Holland and North America. The Radio Ballads series continues to enthral, and major concerts based on The Ballad of Child Migration are lined up for the Autumn.

  • Sam Illingworth Poetry Performance – Henshaws – 7 pm

Sam is both a scientist and a poet. By bringing together what are sometimes seen as opposing worlds, he not only entertains but also offers some fascinating windows into our experience. £5

Saturday 11 August

  • Fit on the Beach with Lyndsay Wells – Henshaws – 9 am to 11 pm.

Fit Harrogate brings you Fit on the Beach, a fun morning of fitness and dance. Suitable for all levels of fitness; we’ll stretch, strengthen and dance our way to fitness. Adults £12; children free.

  • feva Busk Stop – Market Place – 11 am to 4 pm

Drop by our ‘Busk Stop’ in the Market Place to enjoy performances over the course of Saturday by a number of local musicians. Set to draw the crowds. See for schedule or to request a slot to play. Free

  • Tote Bag Making Workshop – 6 Green Dragon Yard – 10 am to 2 pm

Learn to make a tote bag. Suitable for beginners. Tickets from venue, contact Four only in workshop. £20

  • Castle Under Siege – Knaresborough Castle – 11 am to 4 pm

A special day discovering the weapons and weak spots that were once used to attack Knaresborough Castle. Watch soldiers in battle, make weapons and tour the defences. Discount admission to Castle museum and sallyport. £2 adults/£1 children. Become a medieval warrior in our battles at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm (small extra charge, bookable on 01423 556188/ Warning: you will get wet!

  • Beats on the Beach with DJ Rory Hoy – Henshaws – 3 to 5 pm.

Rory Hoy is a multi-award winning DJ/music producer/film maker who has produced six albums, countless remixes, EPs, singles and collaborations on worldwide labels. Find him in action on Henshaw’s beach. Free

  • Plaza Suite / Going Astray – Frazer Theatre – 7 pm

A storming double bill of comedy drama by the Knaresborough Players: Act One of Neil Simon’s classic Plaza Suite (first performed at Nidderdale Drama Festival), plus Going Astray, a brand new work depicting in a fresh and amusing way memorable scenes from the history of Harrogate. £8 includes one drink @

  • 60’s Night Alehouse Rock Band – Henshaws – 7.30 pm

Alehouse Rock are a 60’s and 50’s cover band who will put on an evening of 60’s classics. Something for everyone who likes rock ‘n roll. Enjoy dancing and listening to the band playing songs from the good ol’ days. £10 @

  • I Was Glad! – St John’s Church – 7.30 to 9.30 pm

St John’s Choir and friends present a cornucopia of choral music to mark the centenary of the death of Sir Hubert Parry, whose compositions include the popular hymn Jerusalem and I Was Glad! The concert features works by Parry and contemporaries: Elgar, Ireland, Stanford and Vaughan Williams. The Choir will be joined by Voix Celestes and Knot Another Choir. £8 and £5 concessions

Sunday 12 August

  • feva Eucharist – St John the Baptist Church – doors open 10 am

Haydn’s Little Organ Mass (Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo) performed liturgically by St John’s Choir & friends. Further details: . Free

  • Bottom of the Bottle on the Beach – Henshaws – 12 to 6 pm

For one afternoon during feva DJ Trev is resurrecting the much loved ‘Bottom of the Bottle’, which was the area’s most iconic rock night from 2002 to 2015. Now that we’ve all grown up and got families let’s have a reunion. Metal, punk, rock, sandcastles, all without crabs! Live music and family friendly fun. Free

  • Folk Dancing – Market Place – 1 pm

Dancing from two of our popular local groups, Betty Lupton’s Ladle Laikers and Medusa, demonstrating their colourful but very different styles. Free

  • Open Day Knaresborough Allotments – Stockwell Road – 1.30 to 4 pm

Fun for the family – see the veg plots, chat with allotment holders, complete the quiz trail, learn about our hedgehogs with Bilton Hogspital, take part in craft activities with Cone Exchange and Knaresborough Sparks, or just enjoy refreshments. Free entry

  • Town Criers Competition – Market Place – 2 pm

Visit feva’s annual criers’ challenge as Town Criers from around the North gather for this contest of vocal prowess, authoritative presence and sumptuous attire. Who will win ‘Crier of Criers’? Sponsored by Bowers Funeral Directors. Free

  • Cadenza Singers in Concert – United Reform Church – 2 pm

Enjoy an engaging and versatile musical concert from one of Knaresborough’s foremost vocal ensembles – with afternoon tea. Cadenza Singers offer a wide range of favourites delivered in full harmonic colour. £11.50 @


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Enjoy Afternoon Tea and the beautiful singing voices of Cadenza Singers, one of Knaresborough’s foremost vocal ensembles. They will perform a varied and eclectic programme of four-part vocal music and solo pieces for all tastes. Cadenza are a group of twelve experienced local singers with pedigrees in choral groups, musical theatre, popular and folk music. Raffle. Ticket price includes afternoon tea.


  • Les Plaisirs de Versailles – St John’s Church – doors open 2.30 pm

Superb and exciting music from the court of Louis XIV – the ‘Sun King’ – on the 350th anniversary of the birth of baroque composer Francois Couperin. Vocal and instrumental works performed by acclaimed period performance group Arioso. £12, concessions £9 @

  • Four Shadows Theatre Tour of Knaresborough – Market Place – 3 pm

Join Four Shadows Theatre for the last ever chance to take their ‘Non-historical, Mildly Accurate, Completely Made-up, Yet Highly Informative Tour of the town. See Knaresborough as you never have before – and never will again! Free

  • Even More Poetry Please – Art in the Mill – 6.30 pm

Following the success of earlier events, here is another chance to share your favourite poems by reading them aloud. Non-readers are also welcome. Held at Art in the Mill in Green Dragon Yard. Tickets from venue or on the door. £3 or £1 for readers

Monday 13 August

  • Winnie & Warwick’s Magical Menagerie – Market Place – 11 am, 1 and 3 pm

Winnie and Warwick have been left in charge of the Grand Master’s Magical Menagerie. They’re fairly sure all of the critters are still there, but they have a sneaking suspicion something may have escaped! Join Strange-Twig Theatre Company in finding out what they do. Free

  • Botanical Drawing Workshop – Tanacetum Studio – 6 to 9 pm

Study botanical drawings using coloured pencils at Tanacetum. Maximum for six adults. Tickets from Price includes materials. £10

  • Clogarythym – Market Place – 6.30 pm

Traditional English step and clog dancing, expertly performed by this popular local group. Free

  • Eugene Aram and the Hermit – Market Place – 7 pm

Knaresborough Mummers present Knaresborough’s greatest good guy meeting the town’s biggest bad guy! An imagined comic encounter written in honour of St Robert of Knaresborough’s 800th anniversary. Free

Tuesday 14 August

  • Painting Pots Rainbow Fish Storytime – Henshaws – 10 to 11.30 am

Join us as we read ‘Rainbow Fish’ together, do some colouring and chalking, have juice and a snack, then paint our very own Rainbow Fish. Booking essential – @PaintingPotsKnaresborough. £10

  • Properpunch – Market Place – 11.30 am, 1 and 2.30 pm

Traditional Punch and Judy with all the trimmings: policemen, babies, crocodiles and more. Audience participation is encouraged – oh yes it is! Free

  • NYAS Watercolour Workshop – Library – 10 am and 1 pm

Two two-hour watercolour workshops run by North Yorkshire Art Society. Aimed at people with little or no experience of watercolour painting. All materials and equipment will be provided within ticket price; tickets available from Flaithulach Music Shop, opp. bus station. Adults only. £5 per person per workshop

  • Flora and Fauna Painting and Drawing Workshop – Four Gables – 10 am to 4 pm

Art workshop on responding to the natural world in colour. Tonia’s garden and still life can be used to explore shape, colour and texture in a range of media. Please bring a packed lunch; kitchen facilities available. Location in Spitalcroft HG5 8JB. Materials included in price; tickets Limited to five places; children only from 12 and up. £12

  • Children’s Storytrail – Library – 2 pm

What is the terrible secret underneath Knaresborough Castle? A tale of medieval kidnapping, danger and courage! Start at the Library and follow the trail to the Castle (includes tour of Castle & Sallyport), finishing in the Castle grounds. Book in advance on 01609 533610 a picnic! £2 for children aged 5 to 8, who must be accompanied.

  • Dance feva – Frazer Theatre – doors open 6.30 pm

A dazzling, vibrant performance of song and dance, showcasing the talented youngsters from Studio 3 Dance Workshop. A varied programme featuring ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, street dance and Riverdance, performed by pupils aged from 5 to 18. £5 @


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The Scarecrows are back! From Sunday 12 August to Saturday 18 August there will be a display of scarecrows (made in the workshop on 9 August) in the grounds of St John the Baptist’s Church along with a special Scarecrows Trail and Quiz. Follow the clues; prizes for the winners. Enjoy afternoon refreshments at the Hub overlooking the river. Quiz sheets are £1 per family group from the Old Ticket Office on Knaresborough Railway Station.


  • Friends & Enemies – Library – 6.45 pm

Join author Steven Turner-Bone as he talks about writing historical fiction and the fascination of 17th century surgery. His book, Friends and Enemies, explores the hunt for a murderer during the Civil War. It is1642. England is on the cusp of a catastrophic conflict when a young woman is murdered. Newly qualified surgeon Mathew Fletcher is determined to bring her killers to justice. £5 @

  • Frenchic & Fizz Workshop – Ted Kitchens and Bedrooms – 7 to 9 pm

Using our fabulous French paints create your own unique trinket box to take home and learn to customise handles for your projects. Fizz and nibbles. (Also on Thursday.) Tickets from venue – £35

  • Burden of Paradise with Snake Davis – Henshaws – doors open 7.30 pm

Burden of Paradise – Helen Watson and Dave Bowie Jr – join Snake Davis in this special night of feva. Sax, double bass and angelic singing. £12 @


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Burden and the Snake. Voice, saxophone, double bass: Watson sings like an angel, Davis oozes soul. The band is acoustic — or ‘blindingly quiet’ as they have it, and play an enchanting range of songs, from Elizabethan ballads to 80s torch songs, from Doris Day to Bob Dylan.

Saxophonist Snake Davis put the icing on the cake for Take That’s A Million Love Songs, M People’s Search for the Hero and a host of other hits; singer Helen Watson has a luminary history, recording albums with legendary producer Glyn Johns featuring members of the Eagles, Little Feat and Andy Fairweather-Low; Dave Bowie Jr plays bass with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.


Wednesday 15 August

  • Orb Live @ feva Extravaganza – Orb – 1 to 7 pm

Orb’s annual celebration of creativity and well-being, featuring performers from community arts projects from across Yorkshire. Live bands/singers, DJs, cabaret and art exhibition. Enjoy produce from the garden and amazing sound and lights! Free

  • Little Red Riding Hood and Friends – Castle Grounds – 2.30 pm

Introducing feva’s youngest participants, and set against the backdrop of our beautiful castle, tots from the Studio 3 Dance Workshop, helped by some older friends, invite you to join them and Red Riding Hood as they meet others from well-loved fairy tales. Free

  • Self-Publishing a Yorkshire Crime Novel – Art in the Mill – 6.30

Local author, John Ellis, gives advice on how he successfully gained a publisher’s contract through self-publishing. He also discusses his Inspector Oldfield novels, set in Yorkshire, that helped him to realise his dream. £5 @

  • Where Science Meets Art – Library – 6.45 pm

Is science interesting but a little scary? Harrogate Lunar Society aims to enlighten and entertain you by showing that science can be beautiful, elegant and melodic, but maybe not all simultaneously! Free but donations to the charity Practical Action welcomed,

  • Swede Dreamz Abba Tribute – Working Men’s Club – 7 pm

Formed in 2004 and with attention to vocal and visual detail, Swede Dreamz take venues by storm with their exciting tribute to Abba. £15 @


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From the opening beats of Waterloo to the final notes of Thank You for the Music, Swede Dreamz take audiences on a journey through some of Abba’s greatest hits, visiting Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, SOS, Fernando, Chiquitita, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me Knowing You and Money Money Money on the way.

This Abba stage show is fully self-contained with superb live vocals and clever harmonies throughout, stunning costumes and a fantastic lightshow. Swede Dreamz’s Abba tribute captures all the magic and excitement of one of the world’s most successful and entertaining live bands.

  • Hornbeam Molly – Market Place – 7.15 pm

Knaresborough dance group Hornbeam Molly perform lively traditional dances in their signature green and brown disguises. Free

Thursday 16 August

  • Bell and Bullocks Circus Theatre – Market Place – 11 am, 1 and 3pm

Travel through time with bonkers boffins Warp & Weft, meeting whip-cracking Romans, Morris dancing Vikings and a flying Siberian tiger! This family show is full of absurdly funny nonsense, tomfoolery and sensational circus skills. Free

  • Dresses for Africa Workshop – 6 Green Dragon Yard – 1 to 5 pm

Help to make as many dresses as possible for this appeal for Africa. Suitable for beginners. Tickets from venue Please bring fabric. Free though material donations welcomed

  • St Robert of Knaresborough – Library –7 pm

Peter Lacey, author of ‘Tales of a Celebrity Hermit’, will be talking about the life of St Robert, one of the most important but lesser- known characters associated with Knaresborough on this the 800th anniversary of his death. The Knaresborough Mummers will also perform their play, Eugene Aram and the Hermit, at the start of the evening. £5 @


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The Saint Appointments. As part of the commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the death of St Robert the Hermit.

Each day of feva from 10 to 19 August there will be a chance to ‘meet’ St Robert the Hermit, or a modern version. There is a walk from Castlegate Bookshop in the centre of town, where you collect your map and instructions, down to the river and along the three miles to the actual cave in which he lived. There is an audio guide to the life of the Hermit available on the website. Choose your story, download your guide and put on your walking shoes.

Download the audio and check on start times from Castlegate Bookshop will assist with the audio.

  • Frenchic & Fizz Workshop – Ted Kitchens and Bedrooms – 7 to 9 pm

Using our fabulous French paints create your own unique trinket box to take home and learn to customise handles for your projects. Fizz and nibbles. Ticket available from £35

  • Phil Lyons & the New Vintage Band – Frazer Theatre – doors open 7.30 pm

Back by popular demand after a sell-out show last year, Phil Lyons & the New Vintage Band are an 8-piece band made up of some of Yorkshire’s finest young professional musicians playing popular music from the golden days of jazz, through rock ‘n’ roll and early 60s soul. £12 @


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The New Vintage Band, led by charismatic vocalist Phil Lyons, have been bringing their cool, vintage sounds and style to venues across the UK since 2012.

This fun, high energy show consists of popular music ranging from 1930s jazz to 40s swing and jive, 50s rock ‘n’ roll, and finishes with the early soul hits of the 60s. They pay respect to artists Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Louis Prima, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Wilson Picket, James Brown and others.


Friday 17 August

  • Pete White’s Suitcase Circus – Market Place – 11 am, 1 & 3pm

Fantastic family fun featuring circus tricks, comedy and lots of audience participation. All power to the suitcase! Free

  • Lions’ Beer Festival – Knaresborough House – 7 pm

Knaresborough Lions’ annual three-day beer festival kicks off in support of feva, with a wonderful selection of real ales from around the country. Live music from Chorus Crew and later Paul Watson. Free entry

  • Edwina Hayes – Henshaws – 7.30 pm

Edwina Hayes’ beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. £12 @


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Edwina Hayes is a Yorkshire based singer songwriter described by Nanci Griffith as “The Sweetest Voice in England”. Her version of Randy Newman’s Feels Like Home was featured in the movie My Sister’s Keeper earning her numerous new fans, including Bob Harris and Michael Parkinson. Her show blends well-crafted songs, coupled with natural charm. She has received much radio airplay and has toured the UK three times with Nanci Griffith, opening 26 shows for Jools Holland, plus others for Van Morrison, Loudon Wainwright III and Barbara Dickson.

We have not heard a singer, singing live, with such natural talent in many years.”
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Saturday 18 August

  • Fabric Weaving Workshop – 6 Green Dragon Yard – 10 am to 5 pm

Learn how to make a cushion or bag using a fabric weaving technique. Suitable for beginners. Maximum of 4. Tickets from venue, contact £40

  • Mindfulness and Creativity Workshop – Yorkshire Yoga – 10 am to 4 pm

Rediscover your wholehearted engagement with the creative process in this workshop. No previous experience of art or mindfulness required. Suitable for adults and teenagers 14+, though 14-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Bring packed lunch. Bookings £40 or early bird bookings before 1 August £35. Teen and adult together £60.

  • The Great Mandavi – Market Place – 11 am, 1 and 3 pm

Standing on the plank of doom, on top of the cylinder of almost certain death, the perennial feva favourite, the Great Mandavi, will attempt to juggle with fire under water while fending off a man-eating shark. Astounding! Not to be missed. Free

  • Picnic in the Park – Knaresborough House – 12 noon to 5 pm

Don’t miss feva’s fantastic free, open-air concert in this stunning natural amphitheatre. Hosted by the brilliant DJ Trev, this year’s bands are Hot Sauce, from 12.30 to 1 pm, the Mercs, from 1.45 to 2.30 pm, the Diamonds from 3 to 3.45 pm and Chequered Past from 3.45 to 4.15 pm. Bring your own food and drink or partake in event sponsors Knaresborough Lions’ beer festival. Free

  • Lions’ Beer Festival – Knaresborough House – 12 noon to 11 pm

Second day of the Lions’ Beer Festival, featuring the best of British beer. The afternoon coincides with Picnic in the Park. Live musical entertainment in the evening from Paul Watson. Free entry

  • Painting Pots ‘The Singing Mermaid’ – Henshaws – 1pm

Painting Pots will be reading The Singing Mermaid; participants will then complete mermaid crafts, have a juice and snack, then paint their very own mermaid. Booking essential via @PaintingPotsKnaresborough; costumes encouraged. £10

  • March of the Mermaids – start from Henshaws – 3 pm

Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre presents feva’s second ‘March of the Mermaids’ with participants dressing up as mermaids or pirates, and prizes for the best dressed. There will be mermaid-themed events at Henshaws from 11 am, then the gossip (a group of mermaids) will assemble for the march at 3 pm, with a ‘diversity disco’ afterwards. Free

  • Foster and Smith’s Inevitable – Frazer Theatre – 7 pm

Forster & Smith present ‘Inevitable’, a unique blend of magic, mentalism and humour where the audience decides the outcome of the entire show! There is no telling what will happen as the duo hand control to the crowd. Not suitable for under 14s. £12 @

Sunday 19 August

  • Long and Short feva Walks – Meet at Market Cross – 10 am

There will be two walks, one over eight miles and a gentler stroll over four miles from the town into the surrounding countryside. Return from the longer walk will be around 2.30 pm. Bring stout footwear, a drink and packed lunch. Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Free

  • Bob’s Your Uncle – Market Place – 11 am,12 noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm

Uncle Bob is back! Don’t miss the chance to join in the fun and magic as this last day of free feva street entertainment gets underway. A hit with kids! Free

  • Lions’ Beer Festival – Knaresborough House – 12 noon to 5 pm

Pot luck day of the Lions’ Beer Festival starting at noon and lasting until the beer runs out or 5 pm. Enjoy what’s left. Free entry

  • Knaresborough Silver Band – Knaresborough House – 1 to 2.30 pm

An unmissable chance to enjoy the award-winning Knaresborough Silver Band playing by the terrace as an accompaniment to the afternoon at the Beer Festival. Free

  • DJ Trev’s Family Disney Quiz – Henshaws – from 12.30 pm

Following the success of last year’s event, DJ Trev brings his world-famous pub quiz to the Urban Beach installation at Henshaw’s Arts and Crafts Centre, for a super family orientated afternoon of Disney related dilemmas. £1 per person

  • Pack up Your Troubles …– St Mary’s Old School House – 2 pm

in your old kit bag, and sing, sing, sing with Knaresborough Choral Society. Popular World War I songs as we approach the centenary of the end of the conflict. Bar and raffles. Tickets from Art in the Mill or online at £10 to include afternoon tea, £5 for children.

  • Knaresborough ProMusica – St John’s Church – 7 pm

Finale festival fizz with ProMusica, the region’s acclaimed chamber orchestra, featuring the beautifully stunning piece for flute & strings, Suite Antique by John Rutter. English music at its best from the UK’s finest living composer. £14, £12 concessions, £5 students

All details are correct at the time of going to press.

Feva Visual Arts Trail

Special art exhibitions are held throughout the town during the Festival.


Whiteway Head, Calcutt, HG5 8LE

Daily during feva 11am – 4pm

Paintings in acrylic and in watercolour. Illustrations, including Postman Pat, sketchbooks, folders of working drawings and unframed pictures. 01423 867808


Four Gables, Spitalcroft, Knaresborough, HG5 8JB

Fri 10 Aug and Sat 11 Aug, 10am – 4pm

Tonia Bowden’s work is inspired by nature. The ravishing colour combinations found in flowers and plants is celebrated in loose semi-abstract work. 07960 638929


16 Stockdale Walk, Knaresborough, HG5 8DZ

Fri 10 Aug – Mon 13 Aug, and Wed 15 Aug, 10am – 4pm

Artist Jane Prestedge-Hunter opens her studio and visitors are invited to ‘have-a-go’ and make a small heart hanger (free of charge; collect 24 hours later).


Art in the Mill, Green Dragon Yard, Knaresborough HG5 8AU

Mon to Sat 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

The Mill’s annual showcase of paintings, original prints, sculpture, ceramics and glass. This year inspired by and celebrating the landscape and diverse flora and fauna of the Nidd Gorge in Yorkshire. 01423 862963


Gracious Street Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, HG5 8AN

Fri 10 to Sat 18 Aug, 10am – 4pm

Featuring a variety of watercolours based on the theme of Autumn along with

other popular scenes by Shirley Vine. Also exhibiting paintings from Park Grove classes and a fair trade stall.


Gracious Street Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, HG5 8AN

Fri 10 to Sat 18 Aug, 10am – 4pm

Fifteen textile artists using a variety of skills to produce hangings, 3D work and cards. Members of the group will be present throughout the week to discuss their work and techniques.


Gracious Street Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, HG5 8AN

Sat 11 Aug only 10am – 4pm

A variety of textiles produced this local group of weavers, quilters, stitchers and knitters.


Gracious Street Methodist Church, Gracious Street

Sat 18 Aug only, 10 am –5 pm

Original paintings in a range of styles and media by members of Knaresborough Art Society, including paintings and cards for sale.


Tanacetum Studio, 14 Kirkgate, HG5 8AD

10am – 4pm daily during feva

An opportunity to visit the studio and see Sherry’s range of art works including

botany, baskets and drawings.


St John the Baptist Parish Church, Vicarage Lane, HG5 9AE

9am – 4pm daily during feva (except during services)

Tears are a language for things we cannot put into words. An interactive art piece giving visitors an opportunity to offer up their sorrows with hope for resolution and

joy by writing or drawing onto fine foil tears which can be attached to the artwork.


The Hub @St John’s Church, serving teas on the terrace

Preview evening Fri 10 Aug 7.30pm

Sat 11 to Sun 19 Aug, 10am – 4.30pm

Exciting work by three local artists who paint in three different media in three

different styles: Lois Folkard, Peter Kearney and Michael Kestell. Bill Bradshaw will also exhibit his popular turned woodwork.


Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre

Daily during feva 10 am – 4pm

This year’s exhibition for feva focuses on a memorial celebrating the life of Jon Coive. Jon was an art maker at Henshaws, where for 20 years he produced monumental sculptures. Look out for other new displays around the centre, including new mosaic work in the sensory garden. 01423 541888.


Studio 3, Finkle Street

Sats and Suns 2 – 4pm, Weekdays 11am -4pm, closed Monday

Local artist, Norma Galley, is exhibiting an eclectic mix of vibrant paintings and fused glass. This is her 18th show at feva since its inception.


Elelphant and Castle Yard, Off High Street HG5 0EQ

Monday 13 to Friday 17 August, 10 am to 4 pm

Artspace@Orb presents an exhibition of original paintings, prints, mosaic & multimedia works of art, created by artists from Orb’s well-being Art & Craft groups. More on Free.

Flavours of feva

feva Pink Afternoon Tea

The Bridge Coffee Bar, Gracious St Methodist Church

Friday 10 August, 2 – 4 pm

Profits to Knaresborough Food Bank.

Enjoy afternoon tea in the pleasant, atrium-style Bridge café with homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes, tea or coffee. Booking needed.

Tickets £5 each from venue any weekday morning or call 01423 860750.

Mother Shipton

Friday 10 August

Blast off feva with live music and a traditional barbecue. D Band playing in atmospheric pub garden with great food. From 6pm. All welcome.

Blind Jack

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August

Blind Jack will be teaming up with street food legends Tacoporium for delicious eats and hosting a tap take-over from Vocation Brewery.

Tea on the Terrace – The HUB@St John’s

Saturdays: 10.30 am to 4 pm.

Sundays and Weekdays: 12 to 4 pm

Coffee and tea, savoury and sweet refreshments in a lovely church hall or outside on the terrace with tremendous view overlooking the Nidd.

Café Nero

Sunday 12 August from 6 pm until late

Enjoy feva with an evening of live acoustic music – open mic if takers – accompanied by our hand- crafted coffees and delicious cakes.

Six Poor Folk

Thursday 16th August from 5pm

A chance to enjoy BBQ chicken, ribs and rum: a taste of the Caribbean on Castlegate.

Advance tickets at £17.50p or £20 on the door.

Lavender Tea Rooms: A Feast of Knaresborough

Friday 17 August: 7.15 for 7.30 pm

Grab your yearly feva chance to enjoy a five-course meal using local Yorkshire produce. Bring your own wine – no corkage charge. Booking essential. Call 01423 860555. £27.50 (£200 for a table of eight).

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