Free street entertainment is one of the much-loved features of Knaresborough feva and there is a whole rack lined up for the school holidays in August, with something on every day in the Market Place during the 10-day Festival. Children are welcome to bring their parents and grandparents with them.
Day two, Saturday, will see a re-run of the feva annual Busk Stop offering a platform for Knaresborough’s budding musical talent.
There will be folk dancing from Medusa and Betty Lupton’s Laidle Laikers at 1 pm on Sunday, 12th, followed by the classic feva perennial Town Criers Competition, attracting barkers from all over the north of England. The hilarious Four Shadows Theatre will lead the kids on a completely made-up historic tour of Knaresborough from the Market Cross, starting at 3 pm.
Winnie and Warwick’s Magical Menagerie will be on hand with performances on Monday 13 August at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. They have been left in charge of the Grand Master’s magical creatures and they think a few might have escaped. See what they do to find them.
The traditional puppet show, Properpunch will be back in the Market Place on the 14th, with performances at 11.30 am, 1 and 2.30 pm. These have graced feva for a number of years and are a firm favorite with the under 12s.
Those enchanting tots from Studio 3, aided by some of their older colleagues, will perform in the grounds of the Castle at 2.30 pm on Wednesday. This year their dance will tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
The Bell and Bullocks Circus Theatre will appear in the Knaresborough Market Place on the 16th, at 11am, 1 and 3 pm, inviting their audiences to travel through time with bonkers boffins Warp and Weft to meet Romans, Vikings and a flying Siberian tiger.
Pete White brings his Suitcase Circus to Knaresborough on the second Friday of feva , featuring fantastic circus tricks, comedy and lots of audience participation, at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm.
And then what we have all been waiting for, the return of the Great Mandavi will be marked on Saturday 18 August with death-defying juggling with fire while under water and fending off a man-eating shark at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. What could be better!
Another round of performances on the final Sunday by Bob’s Your Uncle helps bring the 2018 festival to a climax.
Again, all is free thanks to the support of CNG and Knaresborough Town Council and is on show in the centre of the town.
“There is much more for children to enjoy during feva and apart from the street entertainment includes scarecrow-making, medieval sword fighting and story-telling, with plenty of workshops also on offer,” said chairman of the organising committee, Tony Cerexhe. “Knaresborough feva is the only festival in Yorkshire that offers so much for children during the summer school holidays. So, we invite kids who are at a loose end during the school holidays to high-tail it to Knaresborough from 10 to 19 August where there is plenty to do.”