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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. Cathedral Concert Society 2018/19 concert  season

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    Music

    Ripon

    A series of 6 recitals and chamber concerts by local, national and international artists are held once a month on a Monday evening between October and March in Ripon Cathedral (see music section for full details of each concert).

    Subscription to the whole series from www.riponconcerts.co.uk:...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Oct 2018 To 11 Mar 2019
  2. The Nativity trail

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Follow the stars to discover scenes of the nativity by the abbey and in the garden. Discover wooden sculptures of the nativity scenes created by local artist, Shane Green.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 7 Jan 2019
  3. Fountains Hall 1930s christmas

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Make your own paper chain or snowflake decoration, challenge your family to a game of snakes and ladders, dress up as they would have done, delve your hand into a stocking to see what you would have received on Christmas morning.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  4. Festive Christmas Lunches

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Tuck into a delicious festive lunch with family, friends or colleagues this December.

    Choose from a two or three course traditional lunch menu and add tea or coffee with a mince pie for an extra treat. Make a day of it by taking a leisurely walk around the beautiful grounds and visit the shop...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2018 To 20 Jan 2019
  5. Father Christmas at Fountains Abbey

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    What’s that sound? It’s the jingle of reindeer bells – Father Christmas is touching down at Fountains Abbey this year and he comes bearing gifts. If you’ve been a kind and helpful little boy or girl it’s time to give Father Christmas a visit in his cosy grotto. He may have a special gift for you!

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  6. On the hoof

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Trot along to St Mary's Church to watch the wild deer munching through their winter feed. Can you spot the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our deer ranger will give you some pointers and you'll learn about their job managing the wild herd. Meet outside St Mary’s Church in the deer...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  7. Music and Lights

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Here at Fountains we're getting into the Christmas spirit and have just the thing to enjoy on a chilly winter weekend: glowing lights, festive music and delicious food and drink. Come and join us!

    Dates

    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  8. A Dickens of a Christmas at the Ripon Workhouse Museum!

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    Christmas

    Ripon

    A whole day of family fun to get you into the festive spirit. From 11am - 8pm:

    Christmas craft activities: make your own Victorian Christmas decorations

    Story telling: A Christmas Carol

    Film: A Muppet Christmas Carol

    Mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies.

    Dates

    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  9. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    The service begins in Ripon Cathedral at 9.30am and the pilgrimage makes its way to the abbey where the service continues from approx. 12 noon.

    On a cold day in 1132, thirteen monks walked from Ripon to a completely deserted valley by the River Skell. There they started their own community...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Dec 2018 To 26 Dec 2018
  10. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon - The Dante Quartet

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    Music

    Ripon

    The Dante Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and impassioned performances. The Quartet was founded in 1995 and chose its name to reflect the idea of an epic and adventurous journey.

    Krysia Osostowicz violin Oscar Perks violin Yuko Inoue viola Richard Jenkinson cello Haydn String...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jan 2019 To 14 Jan 2019
  11. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon - Schubert Lieder Recital

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    Music

    Ripon

    One-time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, baritone Philip Smith will be accompanied by our Patron, Julius Drake, to conclude our exploration of Schubert's three great song cycles - a further musical portrait of love and longing.

    Philip Smith baritone and Julius Drake piano ...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Feb 2019 To 11 Feb 2019
  12. The Yorkshire Dales as a wildlife refuge? - a talk by the Wild Watch

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Learn how some animals are withstanding the effects of climate change by using valley's in our local countryside. Dr Andrew Suggitt from the University of York will share his striking research with us as well as well as explain how we can help wildlife in our own gardens.

    Attending this free event...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Feb 2019 To 12 Feb 2019
  13. The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven

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    Music

    Ripon

    The Sixteen's most popular programme of all time returns for a mini UK tour and focuses on three composers' unique devotion to the church. A new version of Allegri's renowned Miserere is paired with James MacMillan's own setting of the text and pieces by 'The Prince of Polyphony' Giovanni Pierluigi...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2019 To 1 Mar 2019
  14. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon -  Kammerphilharmonie Europa

    Add Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon -  Kammerphilharmonie Europa to your Itinerary

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Founded in 2006 in Cologne, Kammerphilharmonie Europa engages talented young musicians from 18 European nations, aiming to give these promising artists the opportunity for further development through a wide-ranging repertoire. It has achieved an outstanding artistic level and tours widely,...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Mar 2019 To 11 Mar 2019
  15. Tractor Fest 2019

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    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:
    8 Jun 2019 To 9 Jun 2019
  16. Lauren Child Exhibition

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Harrogate

    Set in the glorious landscape of Upper Nidderdale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, NiddFest is a unique, family-friendly festival, offering a weekend of inspiring talks and fun-packed outside events for nature lovers of all ages.  Create music from birdsong, join mini writing retreats in the...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    7 Jul 2019 To 7 Sep 2019
  17. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    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:
    15 Jul 2019 To 15 Jul 2019
  18. Fireworks Championships

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    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:
    20 Jul 2019 To 20 Jul 2019
  19. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Type

    Gardens

    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:
    21 Jul 2019 To 21 Jul 2019

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