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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. 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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Secret Cinema at the Workhouse

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    Secret Cinema at the Workhouse

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    It's Christmas at the Workhouse - and we are open for visitors!

    The Workhouse Museum & Garden will be open 11am-3pm on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th December.

    SECRET CINEMA

    Family Friendly 'Secret' Cinema at 2pm on 27th December 2019.

    Come along and enjoy our…

    Dates

    From:
    27 Dec 2019 To 27 Dec 2019
  9. Christmas Ghost Walk

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    Christmas Ghost Walk

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Christmas Ghost Walk - Friday 27th December 7.15pm

    Explore the darker side of Ripon’s history from the macabre to the mysterious! Discover ancient burial sites, curious bone finds and characters who lived and died hundreds of years ago but who some say still linger!

    Following the same…

    Dates

    From:
    27 Dec 2019 To 27 Dec 2019
  10. Ripon Concerts-from Brandenburgs to the 20th Century-The 10/6 Chamber Ensemble

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    Ripon Concerts-from Brandenburgs to the 20th Century-The 10/6 Chamber Ensemble

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Monday 11th January at 7.30 pm
    Ripon Cathedral

    Ticket prices
    Adults £22, Students £5 and Children Free

    From the Brandenburgs to the twentieth century

    The 10/6 Chamber Ensemble

    J S Bach Brandenburg concerto No 3
    J S Bach ​Brandenburg concerto No 6
    Hindemith ​Trauermusik
    Brahms…

    Dates

    From:
    11 Jan 2020 To 11 Jan 2020
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Easter Family Fun Days at Newby Hall

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    Easter Family Fun Days at Newby Hall

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    On Easter Sunday and Monday join us with a host of characters from Alice in Wonderland courtesy of Make a Wish Events and help find the Cheshire Cat. There is a magical trail running throughout the Woodland Walk and with help from Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and The Mad Hatter you…

    Dates

    From:
    12 Apr 2020 To 13 Apr 2020
  14. 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:
    3 May 2020 To 3 May 2020
  15. Tractor Fest 2020

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    Tractor Fest 2020

    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

     

    Tractor Fest attracts thousands of visitors each year, not just tractor owners,…

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jun 2020 To 7 Jun 2020
  16. 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:
    18 Jul 2020 To 18 Jul 2020
  17. 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:
    19 Jul 2020 To 19 Jul 2020
  18. 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
  19. Aldborough & Boroughbridge Show

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    Aldborough & Boroughbridge Show

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Harrogate

    For the third year, the Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural Show is returning to the spectacular setting of Newby Hall, nr. Ripon. The prestigious show, to be held on Sunday July 28th includes entry into the award winning gardens and legendary adventure playground, complete with pedalo boats,…

    Dates

    From:
    26 Jul 2020 To 26 Jul 2020
  20. 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:
    27 Sep 2020 To 27 Sep 2020

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