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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. Summer Saturday Sessions at Lightwater Valley

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    Summer Saturday Sessions at Lightwater Valley

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Visitors to Lightwater Valley will also be able to enjoy live music as part of the entertainment for the first time with the launch of their Summer Saturday Sessions (27th July – 31st August).

    As well as the North Yorkshire park's mix of rides and attractions this summer will also see a selection…

    Dates

    From:
    27 Jul 2019 To 31 Aug 2019
  3. Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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    Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Type

    Theatre

    Ripon

    Shakespeare returns to Newby

    We are delighted to announce that The The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest.

    “My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.”

    12…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Aug 2019 To 23 Aug 2019
  4. Pond dipping

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    Pond dipping

    Type

    Science

    Ripon

    Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels... There’s an extraordinary world just waiting to be discovered hiding under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden. We’ll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Pop along to the…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Aug 2019 To 23 Aug 2019
  5. Busy Bees

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    Busy Bees

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Keeping bees is quite a craft, the monks would have made ‘skeps’ to keep bees for their honey and highly-prized wax for making candles, honeyed wines, mead and for sweetening food as they didn’t have sugar. Swanley Grange turn into a hive of activity for this weekend with fun activities to get…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Aug 2019 To 25 Aug 2019
  6. 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:
    29 Aug 2019 To 29 Aug 2019
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    12 Sep 2019 To 12 Sep 2019
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    19 Sep 2019 To 19 Sep 2019
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    3 Oct 2019 To 3 Oct 2019
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    21 Nov 2019 To 21 Nov 2019
  7. The Great North Art Show 2019

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    The Great North Art Show 2019

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    Discover prints, paintings, photography, textiles and sculpture at this exciting and diverse exhibition, featuring hundreds of artworks by some of the finest Northern contemporary artists.

    A special highlight this year will be a showcase of works by animal artist Tania Still, whose passion for…

    Dates

    From:
    31 Aug 2019 To 22 Sep 2019
  8. Ripon City Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

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    Ripon City Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    Ripon City Photographic Society celebrates it's 70th Anniversary year with its Annual Exhibition on Saturday, 31st August, 2019 at Allhallowgate Methodist Church, Victoria Grove, Ripon, HG4 1LG. The exhibition, which attracted in excess of 400 visitors last year, is open from 9.30am to 4pm. A…

    Dates

    From:
    31 Aug 2019 To 31 Aug 2019
  9. Ripon Horticultural Show

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    Ripon Horticultural Show

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Ripon Horticultural Show to be held in the Wakeman Bar at the Race Course , Ripon, the show is open to anyone to enter who lives within 3 miles of the Town Hall, entries to in by the 23rd August, for a schedule down load from the Ripon City Allotment web site. The show will be open for viewing from…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Sep 2019 To 1 Sep 2019
  10. Dr Cristina Figuredo on The Bayeux Tapestry: narrating the Norman Conquest

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    Dr Cristina Figuredo on The Bayeux Tapestry: narrating the Norman Conquest

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    A pictorial narration of the conquest of England by William of
    Normandy, yet also a remarkable source for understanding the
    political and cultural backdrop against which the Battle of Hastings
    was fought: Cristina will introduce the idea of 'reading' and
    interpreting the tapestry, highlighting…

    Dates

    From:
    6 Sep 2019 To 6 Sep 2019
  11. Christopher de Hamel on Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

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    Christopher de Hamel on Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Winner of the Duff Cooper prize, Christopher de Hamel will bring his investigation into the lives of 12 truly remarkable manuscripts to life in this superbly-illustrated talk. From Copenhagen to Florence, Munich to St Petersburg, he describes his meetings as similar to encountering a famous person…

    Dates

    From:
    13 Sep 2019 To 13 Sep 2019
  12. 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:
    21 Sep 2019 To 21 Sep 2019
    From:
    28 Sep 2019 To 28 Sep 2019
    From:
    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
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    26 Oct 2019 To 26 Oct 2019
  13. Workhouse Orphans - talk by author Maggie Cobbett

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    Workhouse Orphans - talk by author Maggie Cobbett

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Join Maggie Cobbett for an evening talk at Ripon Workhouse Museum, about her book Workhouse Orphan.

    The book, set at the beginning of the 20th century, follows the story of a 13-year-old orphan in London sent to work in a Yorkshire mining village, leaving his younger brothers and sister behind…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Sep 2019 To 25 Sep 2019
  14. The Dales Ensemble in concert

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    The Dales Ensemble in concert

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    The Dales Ensemble with a programme of Byrd: Fantasia for 6 in G Minor
    Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G Major
    Brahms: Sextet No. 2 in G Major

    Dates

    From:
    5 Oct 2019 To 5 Oct 2019
  15. 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:
    5 Oct 2019 To 5 Oct 2019
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    12 Oct 2019 To 12 Oct 2019
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    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
    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
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    2 Nov 2019 To 2 Nov 2019
  16. Ripon Poetry Festival

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    Ripon Poetry Festival

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    A bumper weekend of pop-up poetry, poetry readings, poetry-inspired art, performances, workshops, book launches, poetry with wine and cheese, open mics and more. Over four days, the festival offers something for everyone of all ages: poetry-lovers, poetry-writers and even the doubtful explorer.…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2019 To 13 Oct 2019
  17. Museums at Night for Kids

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    Museums at Night for Kids

    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!

    Dates

    From:
    17 Oct 2019 To 17 Oct 2019
  18. Harrogate Male Voice Choir Concert

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    Harrogate Male Voice Choir Concert

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Harrogate Male Voice Choir are performing a fundraising concert for Ripon Community Link. A charity that has been operational for over 28 years, based at Ripon Walled Garden and St Wilfrid's Bungalow. Their purpose is to support young people and adults with learning disabilities to develop skills…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2019 To 19 Oct 2019
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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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