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What's On Around Ripon

Ripon has a buzzing community and cultural scene that yields some unique and imaginative events.

Whatever time of year you plan to visit there are events in and around the city to inspire, excite and educate.

The city’s vibrant community and extraordinary cultural heritage has inspired a rich programme of events throughout the year that will appeal to everyone.

Ripon Cathedral forms the backdrop to many events that bring together the community and its visitors to celebrate more than 1000 years of culture in the city – from the nightly 'Setting of the Watch' by the Hornblower, to the annual St Wilfrid’s Procession in July that celebrates the city’s patron saint.

Christmas is a very special time at the Cathedral with a full programme of cultural and choral occasions which are perfect for experiencing the wonder of the season.  

The Annual Pancake Races see cassocked clerics and locals alike racing down Kirkgate each Shrove Tuesday, frying pan in hand.   The warmer spring months mark the start of the season at Ripon Racecourse with its full schedule of racing (as well as many non-race day events for all the family).

This historic city has several visitor attractions, large and small either in the centre or close by – all of which host their own full programme of events.  

The World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience culture, history and the natural world.  The Ripon Museums give insight into the hardships of life gone by and Lightwater Valley Theme Park offers special events for thrill seekers in addition to its normal opening times.

Newby Hall is a popular venue for festivals, fairs and exhibitions.

Autumn welcomes the Ripon International Festival which attracts visitors from far and wide to deliver an eclectic range of music and culture to its delighted audience.

And let’s not forget Market Day– stallholders cluster around the obelisk in the Market Square every Thursday come rain or shine – attracting bargain hunters as it has done for centuries!

Whatever the month, whatever the day – you will be amazed what’s on in Ripon to keep you and your family entertained. 

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  1. Superheroes Live!

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    Superheroes Live!

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Superheroes assemble! Lightwater Valley needs your super powers!!, So, grab your fancy dress costume and come along for a Zap, Zoom and Kapow-packed weekend of fantastic fun and amazing entertainment. Watch your favourite superheroes on stage as they bust out some serious dance moves and help you...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jun 2017 To 4 Jun 2017
  2. Tractor Fest at Newby Hall

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    Tractor Fest at Newby Hall

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Join us for the biggest Tractor Fest in the North. A two-day festival showcasing thousands of vintage tractors, cars, lorries, stationary engines and motorcycles, which is a great day out for all the family

    The countdown has begun to the UK’s leading vintage tractor show, Tractor Fest, being...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    10 Jun 2017 To 11 Jun 2017
  3. The Northern Boyz

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    The Northern Boyz

    Type

    Music

    Masham

    Live singers, hits from now and all decades to the 60s with a comedic twist.. a night not to missed and its FREE! June 23rd HG4 3BS

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2017 To 23 Jun 2017
  4. The Ultimate Plunge

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    The Ultimate Plunge

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Feeling brave? The UK Bungee Club are once again offering a terrifying 160ft bungee jump. Feel the adrenaline pump through your system as you tower above the theme park. Book online to bag a bungee and a full day on the park for just £54, that's a saving of over 40% on the usual £90! Plus, up to 6...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jul 2017 To 1 Jul 2017
  5. Mickley Open Gardens

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    Mickley Open Gardens

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Mickley Open Gardens Sunday 2nd July 2017 11am - 5pm Adults £5, Children go free.
    Mickley is a small, tranquil North Yorkshire village, 5 miles from Ripon. It is nestled by sloping fields and the lovely River Ure. The gardens are truly beautiful and are only opened for charity every two years, so...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Jul 2017 To 2 Jul 2017
  6. Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert

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    Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert

    Type

    Music

    Harrogate

    Ripon Community Orchestra will be performing a selection of music including items from Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Johann Strauss’s Roses from the South, Sibelius’s Pelleas and Melisande,  Faure’s Pavanne  and Berceuse by Armas Jarnefelt. The Orchestra is conducted by Xenophon Kelsey.  

    ...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Jul 2017 To 4 Jul 2017
  7. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    One of the biggest dates in the Newby Hall calendar, the annual Historical Vehicle rally is a sight to behold! It is a fantastic day out for the whole family whether you have an interest in cars or not, all in the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall. Entry includes access into the Adventure Playground...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jul 2017 To 17 Jul 2017
  8. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Harrogate

    One of the biggest dates in the Newby Hall calendar, the annual Historical Vehicle rally is a sight to behold! It is a fantastic day out for the whole family whether you have an interest in cars or not, all in the beautiful grounds of Newby Hall. Entry includes access into the Adventure Playground...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2017 To 22 Jul 2017
  9. Fireworks Championships

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    Fireworks Championships

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Love Fireworks? Then you will be dazzled by our fabulous firework displays at Newby Hall this summer. Come and see what has turned into one of the best firework events in the UK. Bring a picnic or grab food and drink at the event, sit down at a stunning stately home and sit back. Soak up the...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    22 Jul 2017 To 22 Jul 2017
    From:
    23 Jul 2017 To 23 Jul 2017
  10. Fireworks Championships

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    Fireworks Championships

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Love Fireworks? Then you will be dazzled by our fabulous firework displays at Newby Hall this summer. Come and see what has turned into one of the best firework events in the UK. Bring a picnic or grab food and drink at the event, sit down at a stunning stately home and sit back. Soak up the...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jul 2017 To 23 Jul 2017
  11. St. Wilfrid's Day Ripon

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    St. Wilfrid's Day Ripon

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    This procession around The City of Ripon is in honour of Ripons' Patron Saint: Saint Wilfrid.

    In 1108 King Henry 1 granted permission to the city to hold a fair to mark the birth of the Saint on 30th July and Ripon has held on to this tradition.

    The Parade is led by an Actor playing the Saint on...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Aug 2017 To 5 Aug 2017
  12. Romeo and Juliet

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    Romeo and Juliet

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    The Three Inch Fools Presents 'Romeo and Juliet' Friday 11 August Ripon Cathedral Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare's infamous story of whirlwind romance and bitter tragedy. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Aug 2017 To 11 Aug 2017
  13. Andy's Prehistoric Raps

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    Andy's Prehistoric Raps

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Move over Dr Dre, there's a new rapper in the house.
    Join popular children's TV dinosaur adventurer Andy Day as he raps and rhymes about his favourite prehistoric creatures.
    Get ready to swish your woolly mammoth trunks from side to side and roar like never before in a 30 minute music...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Aug 2017 To 13 Aug 2017
  14. Mister Maker Live

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    Mister Maker Live

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Mister Maker takes to the stage to entertain you with some arty fun!
    Come and join your ultimate arts and crafts hero Mister Maker, as he appears live on stage at Lightwater Valley! With art at it's heart, this fantastic show encourages Mini Makers and their grown-ups to sing, dance and make some...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Aug 2017 To 27 Aug 2017
  15. The StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival

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    The StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon


    StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival
    Newby Hall, 22-24 September 2017

    THE destination Food and Fun Festival for the Family to discover

    This September will see a national celebration of some of the most superlative street food traders across the UK when they come together for the launch of the...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  16. Apple Day

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    Apple Day

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Sunday 24th September sees Apple Day return to Newby Hall. This is the last day of the season with lots and lots of apple based fun, games and activities. Central to Apple Day is the hotly contested Apple Throwing Championships whereby whoever throws an Apple the furthest over the River Ure wins...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    24 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  17. Frightwater Valley

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    Frightwater Valley

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Join us for our annual Halloween spooktacular as all manner of ghastly ghosts and gruesome ghouls lurk within the shadows of the theme park. During the day friendly frights are suitable for the whole family but BE WARNED as dusk falls you will need to tread very scarefully as.........the darker the...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2017 To 29 Oct 2017
  18. Fabulous Fireworks

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    Fabulous Fireworks

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Join us for a fabulous firework spectacular, choreographed to music and set over our picturesque Swan Lake.
    The theme park rides are open as usual from 10am and once darkness falls our 10 minute firework show will provide heaps of excitement at no extra cost.

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2017 To 4 Nov 2017
  19. Newby Hall Spring Plant Fair

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    Spring Plant Fair

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    The Spring Plant Fair comes to Newby again in 2017. Full of rare and beautiful plants, the Spring Plant Fair attracts specialist growers from all over the north of England. This year, the event is free and will include a wider variety of stalls all in the spectacular setting of Newby Hall

    Dates

    From:
    21 May 2018 To 21 May 2018

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