Race Day Information

How to get here

It is easy to get to Knaresborough, which is situated on the A59. If you're coming by car arrive early as the roads start closing from noon. Aim for the free car park and ride service. As Knaresborough is on the rail service linking Leeds and York, it's easy to get here from both cities and a bus service will also run during the day from Harrogate. Coming by train also means that on entering Knaresborough you get to cross the magnificent viaduct.


Knaresborough Lions have arranged for a free Park and Ride facility to run from the Knaresborough Technology Park on Manse Lane, and from ALM on Grimbalds Crag Close, both services running backwards and forwards to Chapel Street. Both car parks shut at 6.30 pm. Please, where possible, use this facility to reduce the level of parking on our residential streets - it is all free, both parking and the bus service, provided courtesy of TransDev. Please respect those providing the services! Park and ride locations are also shown on our map.

Paid parking is also available at King James School.

Road Closures

The town centre will be closed to traffic from 10.30 am to 6.00 pm. Other roads, such as the A59 from Forest Lane Head via Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Bond End, Waterside and the High Street (including all the side streets there from) are closed from noon to 6 pm.

Lost Children

The Lost Children Post will be positioned in the Race Arena in Conyngham Hall. This is your first point of contact for Lost and Found children. Another point of contact is the Police Station in the town centre.


Knaresborough has a great selection of lovely cafes and pubs offering a range of refreshments for you to enjoy. However, it is always a good idea to bring water with you - especially if it is warm!

What to wear

We obviously hope for the sun to shine and if it does sunglasses, hats and sunscreen will be needed. It’s a good idea to pack those waterproofs though - just in case! Knaresborough has quite a few steep hills and the day will involve walking - sensible footwear is a good idea.

Where to watch

Know the course. Look at the map in advance so you understand what to expect on race day. The Castle Top is a must if you want to experience the expectation and excitement and see the beds in all their finery before the Parade. The High Street is a fantastic place to watch the Parade and listen to the music played by the marching bands.

Race watching is a tricky one. Cheer the teams on at the start on Conyngham Hall field, give them your support as they struggle up Castle Ings, join the crowds in the Market Place, keep up as they hurtle down the High Street and then past the World‘s End pub and over High Bridge. If water’s your thing then join the many who watch the famous river crossing in Mackintosh fields or as they cross the finish line at Conyngham Hall.

A large screen will be in place in Conyngham Hall field - so head there if you want to watch all the action as it happens. To enable accessibility for all there will be a disabled viewing area in the Market Place.

Please see the map for the location.

Keep safe

It is important during the day to take note of the Bed Race Marshals; they are there for your safety and the safety of our teams.

Please DO NOT cross the roads when the Race or the Parade are taking place. A Safety car will follow the last bed to indicate the end of the Race.


We kindly request that people refrain from taking alcohol into Conyngham Hall grounds. There are licensed bars available. The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is a family friendly fun event for all to enjoy - please help us to keep it that way.