By Graham Chalmers
The free feva Programme is now available in shops, restaurants and pubs across Knaresborough, not to forget the tourist office.
This year’s line-up features more than 60 shows, concerts, plays, talks, walks, street entertainment and workshops, plus art shows and special menu options.
All are detailed in the programme along with ticket prices and booking details of how to book.
About a third of the events, like all the street entertainment, are free and much else is available at tickets prices mostly below £15. Plays and talks are £10 or less.
Held annually, feva is being staged for the 15th year next month from August 14-23, and is organised by volunteers.
One recent development which has proven particularly popular is the Urban Beach at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre.
Throughout feva festival-goers will be able to again enjoy this sandy stretch of summer in the lively setting of Henshaws at at Bond End.
There will be sand, games, loungers, chairs and tables and visitors can enjoy food and drink from Henshaws’ cafe and listen to a variety of live music.
Highlights in this year’s festival are many and space does not permit a full list but what follows is just a selected smattering of the opening weekend:
Friday, August 14:
Bob’s Your Uncle, Market Place, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
feva opens at noon with fabulous family fun and magic from this ever popular entertainer, Bob’s Your Uncle. Free.
Martin Carthy, Frazer Theatre, 8 pm
Martin Carthy has been hailed by Q Magazine as “arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor.” Ticket only.
Lions’ Beer Festival, Knaresborough House, 7pm
Knaresborough Lions Club’s annual three-day beer festival starts with a wonderful selection of real ales and live music. Free entry.
Saturday, August 15
Bellydance Workshop, The Taste Gallery, Henshaws, 11pm
Taster session in the beautiful art of belly dancing. Learn some basic moves and put them together with mesmerising sounds from the Middle East. Booking details on 07946041795. £3
Jazz in the Garden, Carriages, noon to 5 pm
Relax in the garden at Carriages with the smooth, cool sound of live jazz. Tickets.
History Wardrobe’s Fairytale Fashion, Frazer Theatre, 2 pm
Gloria, St John’s Church, 7.30 pm
Music from St John’s Choir and friends. More details at stjohnschoir.org.uk
Saturday Night Burlesque feva, Henshaws , 7.30 pm
The return of the annual burlesque evening with Lily la Belle. Tantalising art meets risqué glamour with an eclectic mix of fun, froth and fantasy. Tickets.