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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. Turner on the Ure 2017

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    Turner on the Ure 2017

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    An annual festival celebrating the visit of JMW Turner to Yorkshire in 1816

    Dates

    From:
    16 Jul 2017 To 31 Aug 2017
  2. A Tour & A Tea

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    A Tour & A Tea

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    Following the great success of last year's A Tour & A Tea… why not join us this year - just as it sounds, A Tour & A Tea is a guided tour of the Hall by one of our highly knowledgeable guides, followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea freshly prepared by Elizabeth Dennison of The Dusty Miller.

    Dates

    From:
    3 Aug 2017 To 3 Aug 2017
    From:
    24 Aug 2017 To 24 Aug 2017
    From:
    31 Aug 2017 To 31 Aug 2017
  3. Dr Alan Borg on The Knights of Malta

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    Dr Alan Borg on The Knights of Malta

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Dr Borg was Director General of the Imperial War Museum 1982-95 and Director of the V&A 1995-2001. He is now Archivist and Librarian to the Venerable Order of St John, and in this lecture will explore the roots of the Order of the Knights of Malta - from their inception in the 11th
    century when,...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Aug 2017 To 5 Aug 2017
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

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    Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    After the HUGE success of last year - join us for a guided tour of the Hall with guides Keith Jones and Allan Foster.

    Former Senior Guide at nearby Fountains Abbey (and lecturer on Astrophysics) Dr Keith Jones will introduce the long and varied history of Markenfield, the Markenfield and Grantley...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Aug 2017 To 30 Aug 2017
    From:
    27 Sep 2017 To 27 Sep 2017
    From:
    25 Oct 2017 To 25 Oct 2017
    From:
    29 Nov 2017 To 29 Nov 2017
  9. Guided tour of Markenfield Hall

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    Guided tour of Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Open for just 30 afternoons each year, the Hall is not always easy to visit. So - by popular demand - it will be open to the public for four extra mornings this year as part of the Mop-up days.

    Because the Hall is relatively small, and general parking is limited, it has been decided to make the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Sep 2017 To 4 Sep 2017
    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 2 Oct 2017
    From:
    6 Nov 2017 To 6 Nov 2017
  10. Caroline Chapman on C18th Women Artists

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    Caroline Chapman on C18th Women Artists

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    In the eighteenth century not only the aristocracy but a burgeoning middle class could enjoy a remarkable flowering of the arts. But it was a man's world; any woman who wished to succeed as an artist had to overcome numerous obsta-cles. In a society in which women were required to marry, reproduce,...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Sep 2017 To 8 Sep 2017
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Mark Newman on A History of Visiting Fountains Abbey

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    Mark Newman on A History of Visiting Fountains Abbey

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Talk & Book Signing. Tourism is nothing new; over the centuries increasing numbers of visitors flocked to Yorkshire to admire the sights, including Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Mark Newman's research into 'The Wonder of the North' has uncovered some fascinating and entertaining stories about...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2017 To 28 Sep 2017
  14. Rob Wyke on Wild Commons and Pulling Green Gages

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    Rob Wyke on Wild Commons and Pulling Green Gages

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Following on from last year's Laurence Sterne lecture by the curator of Shandy Hall, this year the Laurence Sterne Trust's Chairman will talk about the scenes painted by the words of Sterne, and his contemporary Tobias Smollett, to bring to life eighteenth-century Yorkshire in all its eccentric...

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2017 To 20 Oct 2017
  15. 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
  16. Music at Markenfield: The Dales Ensemble with Thomas Verity

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    Music at Markenfield: The Dales Ensemble with Thomas Verity

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Critically acclaimed clarinettist, Thomas Verity, joins forces with the Dales Ensemble in an exquisite programme of chamber music by Ravel and Mozart, including the String
    Quartet and Clarinet Quintet respectively. Concert generously supported by Eura Audit UK Harrogate.

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2017 To 28 Oct 2017
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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 2018 To 11 Jun 2018
  20. 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 2018 To 17 Jul 2018

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