Tuesday is Blind Jacks Birthday Anniversary.  It is the tricentenary of one of Knaresborough’s most famous sons, John Metcalf, better known to the world as Blind Jack of Knaresborough.  A man who strived brilliantly to overcome his disability to become, amongst many other things, one of England’s greatest road builders in the 18th Century.  There are three great Blind Jack events today, to celebrate his birthday.  Happy Birthday Jack!

Painting Pots’ feva Story Time

Henshaws – 10 am

Children are invited to join Painting Pots for our special feva story time, reading together a story, Dog’s Colourful Day by Emma Dodd, enjoying a drink and snack, then colouring, drawing and chalking. We finish by painting a ceramic which is then fired to be taken away.

Tickets: £9 on the door  


Market Place – 11.30 am, 1 and 2.30 pm

Traditional Punch and Judy. Watch the outrageous antics of despicable Mr Punch, and see him gets his comeuppance! A fair bit of violence, but no harm done to babies or sausages. Audience participation encouraged. Free  

Blind Jack Birthday Festival

Henshaws – Noon to 4 pm

Henshaws hosts a fun family day of Music and art to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of Blind Jack’s birth. Live music by the Henshaws Hotspots and Art on display by visually impaired Artists. The charities Henshaws, RNIB and Vission Support Harrogate and District will also be doing talks about visual impairment so the day will be educational as well as fun. Free 

Blind Jack of Knaresborough

Knaresborough Castle – 2pm

Local historian Brian Forshaw discusses the eventful life of local character Blind Jack on the 300th anniversary of his birth. £5 per ticket, including admission to the Castle and Museum that day.

Tickets: £5 includes admission to Castle/Museum for the day

Please book in advance by phone on 01423 556188 or email museums@harrogate.gov.uk

Painting Pots Clay Workshop

Henshaws – 4 pm

A clay taster workshop for children. Participants will learn a range of clay techniques to create a fairy/elf door. Speciality coloured glazes will be added to finish, fired twice to create an everlasting and unique souvenir. For children aged 8 and above.

Tickets: £16.50

Buy tickets on the door or from Henshaws

Author Talk: Jackie Buxton

Knaresborough Library – 7 pm

Local author Jackie Buxton will talk about her novel Glass Houses, a gripping account of the repercussions from a careless act that leads to a fatal accident. She will also introduce her book Tea and Chemo an upbeat account of how she dealt with breast cancer. Signed copies of both books will be available.

Tickets: £5

Book tickets from Tourist Information at the Library, by phone 01423 866886 or online

Book now

Dance feva

Frazer Theatre – 7.15 pm

A vibrant performance of song and dance by the highly talented youngsters of the Studio 3 Dance Workshop. Showcases ballet, tap, musical theatre, street dance and Riverdance.

Tickets: Standard £5

Book tickets from Tourist Information at the Library, by phone 01423 866886 or online

Book now

Blind Jack Musical Evening

Orb – 7.30pm

Yorkshire-based singer/songwriters Tim Hunter and Eddie Lawler will perform their interpretation of Blind Jack’s life through original songs. This gig is part of the Blind Jack tricentenary celebrations.  At the gig Tim Hunter will be performing songs from his new album ‘On The Road With Blind Jack’.

Tim can also be found at his website.

Tickets: £5 on the door 

Sounds Like Us

Blind Jack’s pub – 7.45 pm

An unplugged session from this vocal harmony duo. Free

Burden of Paradise with Snake Davis

Henshaws –  Doors open 7.30pm, start 8 pm

ONE of the great forces in 90s pop culture is bringing music to the people — in Knaresborough.

The band is acoustic — or ‘blindingly quiet’ as they have it — and plays 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 also has a luminary history, having recorded two albums with legendary producer Glyn Johns, which featured members of The Eagles, Little Feat and Andy Fairweather-Low.

The band is completed by double bassist Dave Bowie Jr, who plays with the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain.

Tickets: Standard £12

Book tickets from Tourist Information at the Library, by phone 01423 866886 or online

Book now


Tea on the Terrace – The HUB @ St John’s from 10am to 4.30pm

Morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas in the beautifully renovated church hall or outside on the terrace with one of the finest views in Knaresborough.


Carriages Wine Bar Tuesday Tapas Day from 6pm

Tuesday is Tapas Day at Carriages Wine Bar.  You are in for a treat tonight with a wide choice of flavours at this popular restaurant.


feva Visual Arts Trail 2017

8, Whiteway Head, Calcutt, HG5 8LE

Daily during feva 11am-4pm

Paintings in watercolour and acrylic, illustrations including Postman Pat by Ray Mutimer. Ray’s vast portfolio of sketches and working drawings will also be on show.

www.raymutimer-artist.co.uk Contact: 01423 867808

Art in the Mill, Green Dragon Yard.

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

Art in the Mill is celebrating its 10th birthday this summer with a showcase of paintings, original prints, sculpture, ceramics and glass selected from many of the artists who have exhibited here over the past 10 years.

www.artinthemill.co.uk Contact: 01423 862963

Gracious Street Methodist Church Hall, Church Street

Fri 11 to Sat 19 Aug 10am-4pm

Shirley Vine paints her delicate watercolours of local scenes from around Yorkshire and Knaresborough at her annual exhibition here.



Gracious Street Methodist Church Hall, Church Street

Fri 11 to Sat 19 Aug 10am-4pm

Thirteen textile makers and artists make up Decora. They use a variety of techniques to produce pictures, wall hangings and 3D items. Members of the group will demonstrate their work during the week.

Floral Décor, 12 Kirkgate

Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm, Sat 9.30am-2pm

Paintings, prints and photographs inspired by flowers using a variety of media.



Tanacetum Studio, 14 Kirkgate

Daily during feva 10am-4pm

Sherry Doyal hosts Shaeron Caton-Rose. A selling exhibition of new works by both artists on the Nidd Gorge invasion by pink Himalayan Balsam, introduced in Britain by horticulturalists in 1839.



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

Fri 11 Preview Evening 7.30pm, Sat 12 to Sun 20 10am-5pm

Bill Bradshaw heads up this group of artists with his popular display of turned wood. Peter Kearney, Lois Folkard and Michael Kestell exhibit their paintings in a variety of media alongside.

Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre,

Daily during feva 9am-4pm

The arts and crafts Summer Exhibition takes on a Mermaid and sea theme. Come and marvel at the wonderful creations of our art makers: pottery, jewellery, papier-mache, woodwork, prints and textiles.

www.henshaws.org.uk/what-we-offer/arts-crafts/ Contact: 01423 541888

17 Studio 3, Finkle Street

Daily during feva 11am-4pm except Sats 2pm-4pm

Local artist, Norma Galley exhibits a vibrant selection of paintings and fused glass.


Orb, Elephant and Castle Yard, HG5 0EQ (next to Frazer Theatre)

Mon to Fri, 10am-4pm

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. Free