Author Peter Robinson’s feva date changed

Actor Stephen Tompkinson as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.
Actor Stephen Tompkinson as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks.

By Graham Chalmers

Top crime author Peter Robinson has brought forward the date of his appearance at Knaresborough’s feva Festival.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the DCI Banks writer will now be appearing at feva on Tuesday, august 12 at 7.00pm, not Sunday , August 17, as originally stated in the printed programme.

It’s a real coup for the festival - though I think his talk at Knaresborough Library is now sold out - but no surprise that a name of that calibre has been attracted.

From plate spinning to Dylan Thomas, the great thing about Knaresborough’s feva Festival is it is a truly community event - but one which can also boast top quality visiting acts.

The ‘best of both worlds’ aspect of this long-running annual arts and more event is evident in the remaining days of this 15-day festival.

As well as entertainment and visual arts , there’s also food and drink and lots of children’s activities, not to forget fun activities and shows at the ‘urban beach’ each day.

During feva, the whole community of Knaresborough is in it together - without losing a vision of the outside world.

It’s the attitude which has also helped lay the groundwork for the national success of the town’s annual Bed Race.

Monday, August 11

Pete White’s Suitcase Circus – Market Place: 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Free.

n Sketching Around Knaresborough – starts at Henshaws: 11am

Booking: 01423 819781 or £15, concessions £10.

Historical Tour – Castle: 2pm - 3.30pm

Join local historian Brian Forshaw to tour the town. Book in advance on 01423 556188 or £4.50, concessions £3.

Hornbeam Molly – Market Place: 6.30pm

Knaresborough-based group Hornbeam Molly don colourful disguises to perform lively traditional dances. Free.

Women and the Great War – Frazer Theatre: 7.30pm

The fantastic History Wardrobe group demonstrate the impact of the Great War on women and fashion. £10.

Echo the Woods – Henshaws: 8pm

Knaresborough’s very own superb folk-rock and country band. £8.

Jazz at the Dower House – Dower House: 7pm

Two-course barbecue and live music. £20.

Tuesday, August 12

Properpunch – Market Place: 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm

Traditional Punch & Judy show. Free.

Storytrail and Mythical Maze Hunt – Library: 2.30pm - 4.30pm

For children aged 5 to 8, who must be accompanied. Free but please book in advance at the library, tel: 0845 300 5112.

Dance feva – Frazer Theatre: 2.30pm and later at 7.30pm

The talented youngsters of Studio 3 Dance Workshop. £5, concessions £4.

Reminiscences of Childhood – Chain Lane Community Centre: 7.30pm

Following its award-winning debut at the Edinburgh Festival, Lighthouse Theatre create a haunting exploration of the work of the great Dylan Thomas. £10.

Twilight Tour of Knaresborough Castle: 7.30pm - 9pm

Book in advance on 01423 556188 or £4.50, concessions £3.

The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ – Henshaws: 8pm

Not traditional cinema organs but a brilliant eight-piece band that create a live soundtrack to projections of archive footage. £10.

Wednesday, August 13

Orb Live Extravaganza – Orb (by the Frazer Theatre): 1pm - 7pm

Hear live bands and DJs; experience amazing sound and lights; see the Artspace exhibition; play fairground games, and taste exotic food from the Orb Green Garden. Free.

Historical Tour – Castle: 2pm - 3.30pm

Join local historian Brian Forshaw on a tour of the town. Book in advance on 01423 556188 or £4.50, concessions £3.

Hansel and Gretel – Castle: 2.30pm

Studio 3 presents Hansel and Gretel. Free.

The Blarge – Carriages: 7.30pm

Out of the ashes of the Drouthy Band comes a new duo: The Blarge. Free.

Inn at the Top and Other True Stories – Library: 7.30pm

The adventures of a young couple who became the landlords of the Tan Hill Inn. £5.

Clogarhythm – Market Place: 6.30pm


Queen II – Knaresborough Working Men’s Club: 8pm

This authentic four-piece band recreates the energy, excitement and emotion of a classic Queen concert. Expect costume changes and a show packed with hit-after-hit from Queen’s musical legacy. £12.


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