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What's On Around Ripon

Ripon never stops!

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

The City’s vibrant community and extraordinary cultural and historic heritage combines to offer a rich programme with something to appeal to all.

The splendid Ripon Cathedral forms the backdrop to many events which 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 to celebrate the city’s patron saint with lots for all the family.

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 arrival of Spring is heralded with a lively programme – the nationally famous Pancake Races see cassocked clerics and locals alike racing down Kirkgate on Shrove Tuesday with frying pan in hand – whilst the warmer weather also marks 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 is blessed with a richness of visitor attractions in or close by, all of which host their own full programme of events – the National Trust World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience culture, history and the natural world, Ripon Museums Trust gives insights into the hardships of life gone by whilst 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. Exhibition of Paintings by Yusuf Ebrahim & Barbara Taylor-Gell

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    Exhibition of Paintings by Yusuf Ebrahim & Barbara Taylor-Gell

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    A collection of colourful and fantastical paintings jointly created by two artists. With scenes both indoor and out, the viewer is drawn into a unique and bizarre world populated by a variety of characters, human and otherwise. The paintings are complex and intriguing, with many tiny details and...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Mar 2017 To 19 Apr 2017
  2. Theme Park Opening Date

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    Theme Park Opening Date

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Our Theme Park re-opens for the 2017 season, and with mini, mega and ultimate adventures there is something for everyone.
    New for 2017 are Mini Sand Diggers and an Adventure Playground as well as Flying Nellies and our huge Jumpin' Jacks! bouncy pillow.
    Gates open at 10am, rides and attractions...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2017 To 1 Apr 2017
  3. Mozart's Mass in C Minor

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    Mozart's Mass in C Minor

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Mozart’s Mass in C Minor

    7.30pm on Saturday 8 April Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane, Ripon, HG4 2EY

    The Fisher Singers and Vocalis chamber choir, conducted by exciting young conductor Alexander Kyle, join forces to perform one of Mozart’s greatest works, composed at the time of his...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Apr 2017 To 8 Apr 2017
  4. Spring Garden and Food Show

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    Spring Garden and Food Show

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    In addition to our highly successful annual Christmas fair, we are excited to announce a new springtime event in the Nave of the beautiful Ripon Cathedral.
    The show will celebrate springtime food and gardening by providing a host of activities, demonstrations and a unique shopping experience.

    Dates

    From:
    8 Apr 2017 To 8 Apr 2017
  5. Hambleton Ales Brewery Open Day

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    Hambleton Ales Brewery Open Day

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    Hambleton Ales, based in Melmerby near Ripon, have announced that they are opening up their brewery to the general public again after the success of their 2016 open day. This years event is taking place on Saturday 15th April between 12 and 4pm and will include a bar showcasing the brewery's range...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Apr 2017 To 15 Apr 2017
  6. Ripon Arts - Acrylic Painting, Talk and Demo by James McGairy

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    Ripon Arts - Acrylic Painting, Talk and Demo by James McGairy

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    James is an accomplished acrylic painter who holds workshops at Danby Moors Centre and in Guisborough.
    He will start a picture and as he will be unable to finish it during the evening he will bring more of his work at different stages to talk about. See his website:
    www. jamesmcgairy-artist.com

    Dates

    From:
    20 Apr 2017 To 20 Apr 2017
  7. Wath Open Gardens

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    Wath Open Gardens

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    A collection of beautiful Spring gardens at Wath (near Ripon) are opening together for the first time to raise money for the village's St Mary's Church.

    Nine gardens will be opening on Saturday April 29th – starting at 10.30am – and ranging from compact cottage gardens to the walled gardens, pond...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Apr 2017 To 29 Apr 2017
  8. Ripon City celebrates the Tour de Yorkshire

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    Ripon City celebrates the Tour de Yorkshire

    Type

    Tour de Yorkshire

    Ripon

    The Tour de Yorkshire is coming to Ripon and the city centre will be full of family fun and entertainment to celebrate the race.  There will be two races, with the women’s race coming through the town late morning, and the men’s race in the late afternoon.

    Ripon has the added thrill of a...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Apr 2017 To 29 Apr 2017
  9. Tour De Workhouse

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    Tour De Workhouse

    Type

    Tour de Yorkshire

    Ripon

    Have a go at cycling Victorian Style. Pop along to the Workhouse museum & have a go at riding a Penny Farthing with the one and only 'Mr Phoebus Penny Farthing Experience' (both child & adult sizes will be available as well as safety helmets!) Enjoy a variety of Victorian leisure and lycra-free...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Apr 2017 To 29 Apr 2017
  10. Cathedral Beer Festival

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    Cathedral Beer Festival

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival

    Monday 1 May 2017

    11.30am – 5.00pm

    £3.50 Entry for Adults (Children Free)

    In the Cathedral grounds, entrance on the corner of High Saint Agnesgate.

    Join us for another annual Cathedral Beer Festival in the grounds of Ripon Cathedral. Enjoy award-winning beers,...

    Dates

    From:
    1 May 2017 To 1 May 2017
  11. Sports Cars in the Park

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    Sports Cars in the Park

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    A meeting of sports cars, all displayed in the grounds at Newby Hall. A great day out for car enthusiasts!

    Dates

    From:
    7 May 2017 To 7 May 2017
  12. 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 2017 To 21 May 2017
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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