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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.

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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. Halloween Half Term Fun at Newby Hall

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    Halloween Half Term Fun at Newby Hall

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    Halloween

    Harrogate

    Join us for Halloween Fun at Newby Hall this Autumn. As well as Newby’s visitor favorites, such as the Adventure Playground and the beautiful gardens, the miniature railway will become a ‘Ghost Train’ complete with spooky surprises along the route!

    If you dare, head out into the Wicked…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Oct 2020 To 1 Nov 2020
  2. Spooktacular Fun at Lightwater Valley

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    Spooktacular Fun at Lightwater Valley

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    Family Event

    Ripon

    Something spooky is coming to Lightwater Valley this Half Term from Saturday, 24th – Saturday, 31st October.

    The North Yorkshire theme park is hosting a hocus pocus half term full of activities to keep young families eerily entertained in-between rides.

    Younger visitors will love taking a trip…

    Dates

    From:
    24 Oct 2020 To 31 Oct 2020
  3. Tiny Tours

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    Tiny Tours

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Markenfield Hall a Mediaeval Moated Manor House. Escape with us for a couple of hours - as you step through the Gatehouse arch, and into the mediaeval courtyard, you will find yourself in an oasis of soothing peace and quiet where time has stood still; and as you step inside England's oldest…

    Dates

    From:
    9 Nov 2020 To 27 Nov 2020
  4. Markenfield Hall

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    Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Join us at the Spa Hotel in Ripon, Park Street, HG4 2BU, for an entertaining – and highly amusing – talk by Alexander McCall Smith, and help us to raise funds for the installation of CCTV at the Hall following a recent break in.

    Tea & coffee on arrival. Book signing afterwards, with thanks to The…

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2020 To 17 Nov 2020
  5. Ripon Cathedral Christmas Fair

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    Ripon Cathedral Christmas Fair

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    Charity

    Ripon

    Have a festive start to your Christmas shopping with the annual Christmas Gift and Food Fair, now returning in 2020 over two days. Indulge in festive food and music whilst you find the perfect Christmas gift from 60 of Yorkshires local traders.

    Visit our website for more information and to…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Nov 2020 To 21 Nov 2020
  6. Christmas at Lightwater Valley

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    Christmas at Lightwater Valley

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Families can discover a whole host of festive fun as Christmas comes to Lightwater Valley on selected dates from Saturday, 21st November – Wednesday, 23rd December 2020. Be enchanted by the fantastical family-friendly Alice in Winterland giant lanterns display as the sun sets over the park. …

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    From:
    21 Nov 2020 To 22 Nov 2020
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    27 Nov 2020 To 29 Nov 2020
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    4 Dec 2020 To 6 Dec 2020
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    11 Dec 2020 To 13 Dec 2020
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    18 Dec 2020 To 23 Dec 2020
  7. Carols by Candlelight

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    Carols by Candlelight

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    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 a…

    Dates

    From:
    6 Dec 2020 To 6 Dec 2020
    From:
    13 Dec 2020 To 13 Dec 2020

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