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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. Ripon Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

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    Ripon Christmas Lights Switch On 2017

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    Annual Christmas Lights Switch On in Ripon! Entertainment from Dishforth Military Wives Choir amongst many others. Free Christmas Family Fun

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  2. Christmas Gift and Food Fair

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    Christmas Gift and Food Fair

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    Join us for the best Christmas Fair in Yorkshire!

    The popular Christmas Gift and Food Fair is back again on Saturday 25 November at Ripon Cathedral for another exciting year.

    With over 100 stalls in both the Nave of Ripon Cathedral as well as in the Old Deanery. The fair offers the perfect unique...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Nov 2017 To 25 Nov 2017
  3. 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:
    29 Nov 2017 To 29 Nov 2017
  4. A Christmas Carol

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    A Christmas Carol

    Type

    Theatre

    Ripon

    A veritable feast of Carols, staging and effects in the second greatest Christmas story ever told.A mean-spirited, miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his counting-house on a cold Christmas Eve. His clerk, Bob Cratchit, shivers in the anteroom because Scrooge refuses to spend money on...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Nov 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  5. Ripon's Christmas Market

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    Ripon's Christmas Market

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    Ripon's Christmas Market - stalls full of Christmas gifts, food and drink. Santa's Grotto is also in Ripon Town Hall for the kids!

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  6. The Story of Christmas With Carols

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    The Story of Christmas With Carols

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Experience the wonder of Christmas with music, drama and dance capturing the evocative stories of Christmas narrated by Actor John Middleton.
    Featuring traditional carols by Ripon Cathedral Choir & Ripon Grammar School, with local actors and ballet dancers from the academy of Northern Ballet...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Dec 2017 To 2 Dec 2017
  7. Piano recital by Ivana Gavric at 7.30 Monday 4 Dec

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    Piano recital by Ivana Gavric at 7.30 Monday 4 Dec

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Ivana Gavrić secured the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer Award in 2011 with revelatory readings of works by, among others, Janáček and Liszt.

    The Sarajevo-born British musician's soulful artistry has matured since, drawing rave reviews and keen interest from piano connoisseurs. Following her Wigmore...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Dec 2017 To 4 Dec 2017
  8. Stereo Trust and King Mojo Live

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    Stereo Trust and King Mojo Live

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    The Stereo Trust will be playing a set of their favourite songs, incl hits from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles andThe Stone Roses. King Mojo will be performing songs from their new album. A great opportunity to see these great bands from the NE live! Supper included in ticket price. Bar...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
  9. Carols around the Christmas Tree

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    Carols around the Christmas Tree

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    All welcome to join in with our community Carols around Ripon's Christmas Tree! Music from Ripon's Brass Band, and many local Choirs, groups and charities participating. Free family event.

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2017 To 9 Dec 2017
  10. Schubert's Trout Quintet

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    Schubert's Trout Quintet

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    The Marlborough Piano Quartet + Double Base

    No one who enjoys Schubert's refreshingly tuneful music should miss this concert, featuring a superb chamber group, comprising four eminent musicians, who will be joined by double bass player Peter Buckoke, whose instrument featured in the first...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Jan 2018 To 8 Jan 2018
  11. Celebrity recital with baritone Roderick Williams

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    Celebrity recital with baritone Roderick Williams

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Roderick Williams baritone and Iain Burnside piano perform Schubert's Winterreise Roderick Williams is rapidly establishing himself as a leading interpreter of Schubert lieder. He has mastered the art of communicating with his audience and is an ideal interpreter of what is Schubert's most...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Feb 2018 To 12 Feb 2018
  12. Life and Behaviour of Owls

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    Life and Behaviour of Owls

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Come along to our talk and learn all about owls in the UK with Robin Arundale, Yorkshire Wolds Barn Owl Group.

    Free event, no need to book.

    Photo (c) E Neep

    Dates

    From:
    20 Feb 2018 To 20 Feb 2018
  13. An evening of baroque music with the Herschel Trio

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    An evening of baroque music with the Herschel Trio

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Choice flowers ...of charming rarity'

    Music by J.S. Bach, Handel and Telemann

    Mie Hayashi-O'Sullivan Harpsichord
    Graham O'Sullivan Baroque flute and recorder
    Susanna Pell Viola da gamba

    This concert invites you into the delicate, subtle and rarified world of the 18th...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Mar 2018 To 12 Mar 2018
  14. 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
  15. 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
  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:
    17 Jul 2018 To 17 Jul 2018
  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:
    21 Jul 2018 To 21 Jul 2018
  18. Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show

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    Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show

    Type

    Agricultural Show

    Boroughbridge

    The historic Aldborough and Boroughbridge Agricultural Show is celebrating its 104th anniversary this year at Newby Hall, near Ripon on Sunday 23 July. An inaugural tug of war will be staged to test the mettle of locals.

    Entry is open to all at £2 per person, with all proceeds going to...

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jul 2018 To 23 Jul 2018

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