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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. Yorkshire Mini Beer and Gin Festival

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    Yorkshire Mini Beer and Gin Festival

    Type

    Tour de Yorkshire

    Ripon

    Event to celebrate the Yorkshire Le Tour passing through West Tanfield over the weekend of April 28/29/30 and May 1st.

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2017 To 1 May 2017
  2. 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 (11.25 a.m. - 11.45 a.m.) and the men’s race in the late afternoon (4.00 p.m. - 4.15...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Apr 2017 To 29 Apr 2017
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Spring Plant Sales Day

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    Spring Plant Sales Day

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Spring Plant Sales Day held in the beautiful and historic walled garden. Range of bedding and perennial plants for sale. Variety of stalls and activities. Orchard and woodland walks, potting shed play area and garden café open 10am - 3pm. All welcome, free entry.

    Dates

    From:
    13 May 2017 To 13 May 2017
  8. St Cecilia Concert

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    St Cecilia Concert

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    An Early Summer Extravaganza of classical music

    Dates

    From:
    20 May 2017 To 20 May 2017
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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

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