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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

    Add Cathedral Concert Society 2018/19 concert  season to your Itinerary

    Type

    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. Stolen Things by artist and musician Paul Rooney

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    Imagine the scenes from a Georgian Courthouse, Listen to the cries of a child in the dock, Hear the shouts from the Public Gallery.

    Come along to Stolen Things by artist and musician Paul Rooney - a new artwork commissioned by Ripon Museums and Arts and Heritage.

    Artist and musician Paul Rooney...

    Dates

    From:
    9 Feb 2019 To 31 May 2019
  3. Fab Feb Family Fun at Lightwater Valley

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Lightwater Valley is inviting families with younger children the chance to enjoy a fun-packed February Half Term – whatever the weather.

    Aimed at the Under 8s and running from Thursday, 21st to Tuesday, 26th Fab Feb Family Fun features a host of fantastic indoor and outdoor events and activities...

    Dates

    From:
    21 Feb 2019 To 26 Feb 2019
  4. Spring half term fun - laundry maids & boot black boys

    Add Spring half term fun - laundry maids & boot black boys to your Itinerary

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    It's spring cleaning time at the Workhouse! Bring your little helpers to the Workhouse for a taste of Victorian work! Workhouse children were well-scrubbed - have a go at making your own soap then try out our carbolic soap in the Laundry. Some workhouse boys were trained to be boot black boys so...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Feb 2019 To 1 Mar 2019
  5. The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven

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    Type

    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
  6. Secrets in the Cellar

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    Exhibition

    Ripon

    Come along and see the Secrets in the Cellar exhibition at the Prison & Police Museum, 4th March - 12th May.

    Deep underground below Ripon Town Hall, Ripon Museum staff and volunteers work to catalogue, pack and research the museum's objects and stories. Secrets in the Cellar reveals what happens...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Mar 2019 To 12 May 2019
  7. 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
  8. Spring Food, Home & Garden Show

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    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    Join us again for another fantastic Spring food, home and garden show in Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 30 March 2019, open 10.00am – 4.30pm.

    With activities to attract all ages including live animals, a bird of prey from Thorpe Perrow, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, community flower...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Mar 2019 To 30 Mar 2019
  9. Victorian Easter Family Fun

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Victorian Easter at the Workhouse 11am - 4pm
    Mon 15th April - Fri 19th April
    Mon 22nd April - Fri 26th April
    Marble your Easter Eggs and trim your bonnets! We're celebrating Easter Victorian style at the Workhouse. Make marbled eggs and weave a willow nest to put them in and find out about how...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Apr 2019 To 19 Apr 2019
    From:
    22 Apr 2019 To 26 Apr 2019
  10. an evening of opera

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    an evening of opera singing by professional opera singers direct from the Scottish Conservatoire of music sining all your favourite arias

    Dates

    From:
    3 May 2019 To 3 May 2019
  11. an evening of classical music

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    an evening of classical music performed by our professional string quartet with musicians trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire of music

    Dates

    From:
    4 May 2019 To 4 May 2019
  12. Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival

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    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    Join us for the annual Beer Festival in the grounds of Ripon Cathedral on May Day bank holiday Monday 6th May 2019.
    With award winning beers, live music playing throughout the day, wine, pimms and plenty for the children to do - its a great day out for all the family!
    Adults £5 (cash on the door,...

    Dates

    From:
    6 May 2019 To 6 May 2019
  13. Royal Northern Sinfonia - Ripon International Festival Spring Concert

    Add Royal Northern Sinfonia - Ripon International Festival Spring Concert to your Itinerary

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Weber: Der Freischutz, Strauss: Horn Concerto, Beethoven: Leonore No 3, Brahms: Symphony No. 1. Janusz Piotrowicz conducts music of striking contrasts: Weber's haunting tunes and blazing fanfares; virtuosic Strauss played by Anna Douglass, Winner, BBC Young Musician and the Dennis Brain Horn Prize;...

    Dates

    From:
    17 May 2019 To 17 May 2019
  14. Tractor Fest 2019

    Add Tractor Fest 2019 to your Itinerary

    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
  15. 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
  16. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

    Add Historical Vehicle Rally at Newby Hall to your Itinerary

    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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Christmas Gift and Food Fair

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    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
  20. The Christmas Jethro Tull

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    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

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