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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. 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
  2. Highside Singers with Summerbridge & Dacre Silver Band

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    Highside Singers with Summerbridge & Dacre Silver Band

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    An evening of music and song from locally renowned Highside Singers and Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band

    Dates

    From:
    24 Mar 2018 To 24 Mar 2018
  3. Spring Food Home and Garden Show

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    Spring Food Home and Garden Show

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    Join us for a springtime event in the beautiful nave of Ripon Cathedral. This will be building on the success of our record-breaking Christmas Gift and Food Fair.

    We shall be celebrating local food, springtime home and gardening, with over 50 stalls of garden goods and food treats, plus working...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Apr 2018 To 14 Apr 2018
  4. Sports Cars in the Park

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    Sports Cars in the Park

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    Sports Cars in the Park will be held at Newby Hall and is one of our larger meets which attracts more than 500 sports cars. There will also be a number of related stalls on the day. Last year drew the largest crowds for this event on record and it was a fantastic day out for the whole family...

    Dates

    From:
    6 May 2018 To 6 May 2018
  5. Cathedral Beer Festival

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    Cathedral Beer Festival

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    Join us for another annual Cathedral Beer Festival in the grounds of Ripon Cathedral. Enjoy award-winning beers, refreshing ciders and pimms, local food and live music.

    There is something for all the family including a bouncy castle, face painting and craft table for the children.

    If you are a...

    Dates

    From:
    7 May 2018 To 7 May 2018
  6. 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
  7. Ripon Cathedral in the Frame

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    Ripon Cathedral in the Frame

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    Save the date in your diary to join us for Ripon Cathedral in the Frame, and discover for the first- time Ripon and the Cathedral's History illustrated through stunning artworks.

    Featuring special guest BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Adam Schoon who will be sharing his wealth of knowledge.


    We are...

    Dates

    From:
    24 May 2018 To 3 Jun 2018
  8. 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:
    9 Jun 2018 To 10 Jun 2018
  9. Crownfest

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    Crownfest

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    June 23rd all day live music festival for The Jay Lennon Foundation. £10 advance Tickets or £15 on the door... outside bar, local brews/drinks Camping Fri and Sat just £10 a pitch...50% off All Food Friday Night for campers

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2018 To 23 Jun 2018
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Shakepeare's The Tempest

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    Shakepeare's The Tempest

    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:
    24 Aug 2018 To 24 Aug 2018
  14. Apple Day

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    Apple Day

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Sunday 30th September sees Apple Day return to Newby Hall. This is the last day of the season with lots and lots of apple based fun, games and activities. Central to Apple Day is the hotly contested Apple Throwing Championships whereby whoever throws an Apple the furthest over the River Ure wins...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2018 To 30 Sep 2018

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