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.
On day one, Friday 11 August, feva regular, Bob’s your Uncle, will provide his riotously entertaining magic shows at noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm. Day two will see a re-run of the feva Busk Stop offering a platform for Knaresborough’s musical youngsters. The Knaresborough Mummers will chart the town’s historic characters on the 13th.
The Never Too Old puppet theatre will unveil Grandpa and Grandma on Monday, 14 August, with shows at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. The hugely popular Properpunch makes a welcome return the following day with a traditional Punch and Judy show demonstrating just what can be done to sausages! Wednesday is set to welcome the feva story trail, this year describing various Beastly Tales. The youngsters of the Studio 3 dance group will perform the tale of the Wizard of Oz in the Castle Grounds in the afternoon.
Perennial favourite, the Great Mandavi, returns to the Festival with his inspiring and hilarious off-beat children’s show at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm on Thursday 17 August. Watch him with his spine-tingling, breathtaking Walk of Death, juggling with knives over small children. What could go wrong!
On Friday 18 August, feva welcomes first-timers Wendy and Wendy in their side-splitting show based on Where’s Wally as they search for each other in the Market Place. Have-a-Go Pirates have their own quest on Saturday, as they scour the town centre looking to press gang children for their crew. And Bob is back on Sunday, the last day of feva with four shows staring at 11 am.
There is much more for children to enjoy during feva ranging from scarecrow-making, medieval sword fighting and story-telling, to clay modelling and cartooning workshops. More details are available on the Festival’s website www.feva.info.
“Knaresborough feva is the only festival in Yorkshire that offers so much for children during the summer school holidays,” said Tony Cerexhe, chairman of the organising committee. “So, we invite kids who are at a loose end during the school holidays to high-tail it to Knaresborough from 11 to 20 August.”