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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. Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

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    Discovering the Fountains Abbey Settlers Society

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Pop into Fountains Hall and discover the Settler's Society. Help bring the stories of the settler boys to life.

    Dates

    From:
    9 Apr 2019 To 31 Dec 2019
  2. Fountains by Floodlight

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    Fountains by Floodlight

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water gardens. Listen to a live performance from the choir and join an evening guided tour, you might even catch a glimpse of our mysterious roving monk. 

    £10 adult, £5…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Oct 2019 To 25 Oct 2019
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    26 Oct 2019 To 26 Oct 2019
    From:
    1 Nov 2019 To 1 Nov 2019
    From:
    2 Nov 2019 To 2 Nov 2019
  3. Frightwater Valley

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    Frightwater Valley

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Lightwater Valley is set to be transformed into 'Frightwater Valley' as part of its spooky Halloween celebrations (October 26th-31st).

    The North Yorkshire theme park will be hosting a series of spooktacular events and activities designed to appeal to visitors of all ages.

    From family-friendly…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2019 To 31 Oct 2019
  4. Apple juicing at Swanley

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    Apple juicing at Swanley

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    We know the monks at Fountains Abbey produced ale and perhaps cider. Other monasteries in the country certainly did. Join in the apple juicing process and sample the delicious results from your hard work. We’re using apples from our orchard which are all northern varieties from the sixteenth…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2019 To 26 Oct 2019
  5. High Batts Nature Reserve Open Day

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    High Batts Nature Reserve Open Day

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Annual Open Day with guided walks at 10.30am and 1pm. Free admission and refreshments. Displays and children's activities.
    No dogs please.
    Event/some activities are weather dependent.
    Access to Reserve via Hanson Quarry track

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2019 To 27 Oct 2019
  6. Fountains Night Run

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    Fountains Night Run

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Lace those trainers and light those head torches and come for a run around Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal at night.

    Come and join us for another night run here at Fountains Abbey. Get ready for an enjoyable 5k run, which will take you straight past the abbey and through the water gardens.

    Dates

    From:
    29 Oct 2019 To 29 Oct 2019
  7. Halloween Special Ghost Walk

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    Halloween Special Ghost Walk

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Ripon

    Explore the darker side of the historic city of Ripon on this ghost walk, hearing tales of ghouls and ghostly goings on around every corner!
    Meet at The Cabman's Shelter, Ripon Market Square, Ripon. 7.15pm £3 adults £1 under 16s.

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2019 To 31 Oct 2019
  8. Margaret Fingerhut in concert

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    Margaret Fingerhut in concert

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Fantastic and rare opportunity to hear this world-renowned pianist as she nears the end of a 28-city tour entitled 'Far From The Home I Love', exploring the history of exiled and refugee composers. She is generously donating all proceeds to Ripon City of Sanctuary. Don't miss this event - tickets…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Nov 2019 To 1 Nov 2019
  9. Fabulous Fireworks

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    Fabulous Fireworks

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Lightwater Valley will be staging a spectacular fireworks finale on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday 3rd November.

    Taking place from 5pm visitors will be able to enjoy a 10-minute fireworks finale set above the theme park's picturesque Swan Lake.

    The display, which will be choreographed to music, is…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2019 To 3 Nov 2019
  10. Autumn Drive through

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    Autumn Drive through

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and finish with a warming drink. It’s just for cars and minibuses so it’s great for people who might be less steady on their feet. As it’s a drive-through you’ll need to stay in your car. If you’d like to come and explore the…

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2019 To 3 Nov 2019
  11. Ripon Concerts-Chamber Music & Recitals

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    Ripon Concerts-Chamber Music & Recitals

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    PIANO MASTERWORKS FROM VIENNA

    Paul Lewis CBE Piano

    Schubert: Sonata for Piano No.18 in G major D894 (1826)

    Beethoven: 33 Variations in C on a Waltz by Diabelli op.120

    An evening of compelling piano music played by former artistic director of The Leeds International Piano competition and…

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2019 To 4 Nov 2019
  12. A Tour & A Bonfire Tea

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    A Tour & A Bonfire Tea

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    GUNPOWDER, TREASON & A TEAPOT Why not join us in November for all-things mellow and fruitful?

    Just as it sounds: A Tour & A Bonfire-Tea is a guided tour of the Hall by Dr Keith Jones – one of our highly knowledgeable guides – followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea with a hint of autumn freshly…

    Dates

    From:
    5 Nov 2019 To 5 Nov 2019
  13. Ripon Ghost Walk 2019

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    Ripon Ghost Walk 2019

    Type

    Guided Walk

    Ripon

    Explore the darker side of the historic city of Ripon on this ghost walk, hearing tales of ghouls and ghostly goings on around every corner!
    Meet at the Cabman's Shelter, Ripon Market Place, 7.15pm. £3 adults £1 under 16s. no need to book!

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2019 To 21 Nov 2019
  14. Alice in Winterland

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    Alice in Winterland

    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    Discover a fantastical new seasonal adventure at Lightwater Valley this Christmas with the enchanting Alice in Winterland.

    Illuminated by the hundreds of magical lantern displays, this Christmas, Lightwater Valley will be home to Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle…

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2019 To 30 Dec 2019
  15. Christmas Gift and Food Fair

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    Christmas Gift and Food Fair

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    Saturday 23 November 2019

    Save the date to join us for the best Christmas Fair in Yorkshire, in the fantastic setting of Ripon Cathedral. With over 100 stalls offering unique gifts and food, helping you find the perfect gift and support local, independent businesses at Christmas.

    Still just £3…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019 To 23 Nov 2019
  16. Carrolling & Crumpets by John Kirkpatrick

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    Carrolling & Crumpets by John Kirkpatrick

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Come along to the hugely popular John Kirkpatrick's concert which presents a revised programme of songs and tunes that reflects his new CD release of seasonal material, Carolling & Crumpets.

    Magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire, and incessant feasting, all come dressed up…

    Dates

    From:
    29 Nov 2019 To 29 Nov 2019
  17. The Christmas Jethro Tull

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    The Christmas Jethro Tull

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Save the Date and join us for an unforgettable concert 'The Christmas Jethro Tull' on Saturday 7 December 2019.
    Accompanied by his full band, Ian Anderson will perform live in the cathedral spectacular Christmas themed concert as the rock legend will perform work of Jethro Tull as written and…

    Dates

    From:
    7 Dec 2019 To 7 Dec 2019
  18. On the hoof

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    On the hoof

    Type

    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:
    7 Dec 2019 To 7 Dec 2019
    From:
    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    14 Dec 2019 To 14 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  19. Carols by Candlelight

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    Carols by Candlelight

    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    As Christmas fast approaches it’s time for our annual family carol service. Pick up a candle on your way in and see the flickering glow of nearly 1,000 candles light up the abbey cellarium. Grab a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and have a sing-a-long to all your favourite traditional carols. It's…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Dec 2019 To 8 Dec 2019
    From:
    15 Dec 2019 To 15 Dec 2019
  20. Ripon Concerts-Chamber Music with Passion

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    Ripon Concerts-Chamber Music with Passion

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    O DUO - PERCUSSION

    Percussion dexterity faster than the speed of sound…..

    O Duo's repertoire spans more than 300 years and is an invigorating mix of popular classics and accessible contemporary music played "with style and penache" on two marimbas, vibraphone and a HUGE array of other…

    Dates

    From:
    9 Dec 2019 To 9 Dec 2019
  21. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

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    Boxing Day Pilgrimage

    Type

    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 2019 To 26 Dec 2019
  22. Ripon Cathedral Wedding Show 2020

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    Ripon Cathedral Wedding Show 2020

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    Join us for the Ripon Cathedral Wedding Show on Saturday 25th January for over 50 suppliers from all over Yorkshire to help you plan your special day, in the spectacular setting of Ripon Cathedral, you can also enjoy a tea rooms and live music.

    Open 11.00am - 3.00pm

    Dates

    From:
    25 Jan 2020 To 25 Jan 2020
  23. Spring Food, Home & Garden Show

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    Spring Food, Home & Garden Show

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    Join us for another fantastic annual springtime day out for all the family at the Spring Food, Home & Garden Show on Saturday 4th April 2020 with over 60 traders from across Yorkshire selling delicious food and treats, plus activities running throughout the day.

    Dates

    From:
    4 Apr 2020 To 4 Apr 2020
  24. Tractor Fest 2019

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    Tractor Fest 2019

    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 2020 To 9 Jun 2020
  25. 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:
    20 Jul 2020 To 20 Jul 2020
  26. 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:
    20 Jul 2020 To 20 Jul 2020
  27. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall

    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 2020 To 21 Jul 2020

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