The second weekend of feva promises to end this year’s Knaresborough Festival on a high note, says Festival chairman Tony Cerexhe.

“It has been our most successful Festival so far,” he says. “Apart from a few showers the weather has been gorgeous and this has brought in the crowds to the town, both during the day and in the evenings.

The event is building up to something of a climax with the New Vintage Band playing at the Frazer on Thursday and Holy Moly and the Crackers at Henshaws on Friday.

“On Saturday 19 August, the traditional high point of feva is the Picnic in the Park and we have the strongest line-up ever of bands, interspersed by the irrepressible DJ Trev. The Conjurors are to perform their popular magic show at the Frazer in the evening; Henshaws have their annual Burlesque Bonanza and there will be music and events all around the town.

On Sunday, we welcome our first-ever Improv Theatre group to feva. MissImp will engage with their audience in the afternoon at the Frazer. During the day, there is plenty for kids in the Market Place with Bob’s Your Uncle, a discount entry day at the Castle and a family quiz at Henshaws.

“In the evening of 20 August at St John’s Church there will be a classical performance by the period music ensemble Arioso, playing traditional instruments.

“One of the secrets of this year’s feva has been to put on a wider range of offerings. The art shows are all open over the weekend and the town will be full of Festival-goers.”  

Picnic in the Park to Crown Successful 2017 feva

Picnic in the Park

Predictions of a sunny day on Saturday 19 August for Picnic in the Park look set to crown Knaresborough’s feva Festival 2017 as the most successful staging of the annual event since its foundation in 2001.

“Obviously, good weather makes all the difference with the Picnic,” says feva committee member Lucy Barrow. “Seeing families enjoy themselves at the free event makes worthwhile all the hard work of running the Festival.

“Folk are hardy in Knaresborough and are not often deterred by showers, but with the forecast for the weekend being good we are looking for huge crowds to cap a fine feva this year.

“Knaresborough Lions Club sponsors the event each year enabling us to book the entertainment, and we say a big thank you to the Lions for proving this event for the community,” says Lucy. “FTAV provides the stage and we also get great help from the feva sponsor CNG.”

Picnic in the Park starts in the gardens behind Knaresborough House at noon and will run until 5.00 pm. There is live music and DJ Trev performing all afternoon. The event is ticketless and is open to all. People are encouraged to bring their own food and drink.

Acts lined up for the Picnic are Band of Friends, Dori and the Outlaws, Hot Sauce and the duo Tom Silcox and Chris Kramer.

Magicians Return to feva to Conjure Marvellous Night at the Frazer

Harrogate Society of Magicians returns to feva 2017 to repeat last year’s magical success with a show entitled ‘Conjurors’, to be held on Saturday 19 August at the Frazer Theatre. The show starts at 7.30 pm.

The cast have over a hundred years of experience between them and will present a performance that promises to keep the audience guessing. The Society says it is their members’ best-ever show, a spectacular night of magic, mind reading and illusion, with something for the whole family.

The magicians were a sell-out success at Knaresborough last year. Formed in 1947, the Society is a mix of full-time professionals, willing amateurs, writers, lecturers and inventors.

Tickets are just £8; £6 concessions, and can be booked on

Improv Comedy Theatre Comes to feva

Improvised action comedy theatre makes its debut at this year’s feva Festival with a stirring performance by MissImp starting at 2 pm on Sunday 20 August.

MissImp is the largest improvised theatre group from the East Midlands, and turns audience suggestions into unique pieces of comedy theatre. These, then, are complete one-offs and are never to be seen again, as they say.

“It is a show created completely from scratch and is great fun suitable for children and adults,” says Martin Harrison of the feva organising committee. “We are expecting a fun-filled couple of hours which will nicely round off the end of the Festival.”

MissImp will be performing upstairs at the Frazer Theatre. Tickets are £6, with £4 concessions for the young and old.

Round up for the second weekend of FEVA