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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. Angels Art Exhibition

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    Angels Art Exhibition

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    As the doors of Ripon Cathedral closed in March its development team was tasked with creating and implementing a new project to support the community during lockdown. As COVID-19 tightened its grip 'A Wing and a Prayer' was born – in partnership with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

    With the…

    Dates

    From:
    1 Aug 2020 To 30 Sep 2020
  2. Busy Bees at Fountains Abbey

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    Busy Bees at Fountains Abbey

    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:
    8 Aug 2020 To 9 Aug 2020
    From:
    29 Aug 2020 To 30 Aug 2020
  3. Tea & Tales with Alan Foster & Dr Keith Jones

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    Tea & Tales with Alan Foster & Dr Keith Jones

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Join us for a guided tour of the Hall – with a difference – and with guides Keith Jones and Allan Foster.

    Former Senior Guide at nearby Fountains Abbey (and retired lecturer on Astrophysics) Dr Keith Jones will introduce the long and varied history of Markenfield, the Markenfield and Grantley…

    Dates

    From:
    12 Aug 2020 To 12 Aug 2020
    From:
    9 Sep 2020 To 9 Sep 2020
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    14 Oct 2020 To 14 Oct 2020
    From:
    11 Nov 2020 To 11 Nov 2020
  4. Peace of Mind through Mindfulness

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    Peace of Mind through Mindfulness

    Type

    Workshop

    Ripon

    Markenfield has long been known for its benign and peaceful atmosphere, and this year we are tapping into it by hosting four interactive courses centred around strategies that anyone can use on a daily basis to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety, leading to a more peaceful life.

     

    Dates

    From:
    12 Sep 2020 To 12 Sep 2020
  5. Guided Tours of Markenfield Hall

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    Guided Tours of Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Open for just 30 afternoons each year, the Hall is not always easy to visit. So – by popular demand – it will be open to the public for five extra afternoons this year.

    Because the Hall is relatively small, and general parking is limited, it has been decided to make the afternoons "by appointment…

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2020 To 28 Sep 2020
    From:
    26 Oct 2020 To 26 Oct 2020
  6. STUDY DAY: The Making of Italy with Dr Cristina Figueredo

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    STUDY DAY: The Making of Italy with Dr Cristina Figueredo

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    Workshop

    Ripon


    Before Markenfield as we know it today was built, the Italian Oligarchies of Venice, Milan, Genoa, Florence and Siena had already been established and were flourishing. Anarchy in the region forced them to enclose themselves with fortified walls, and to adopt an increasingly independent stance.…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2020 To 30 Sep 2020
  7. 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. 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. 

    Visit the website for all information.

    £10…

    Dates

    From:
    3 Oct 2020 To 3 Oct 2020
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    10 Oct 2020 To 10 Oct 2020
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    17 Oct 2020 To 17 Oct 2020
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    23 Oct 2020 To 23 Oct 2020
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    24 Oct 2020 To 24 Oct 2020
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    30 Oct 2020 To 30 Oct 2020
    From:
    31 Oct 2020 To 31 Oct 2020
  8. The Dales Ensemble Autumn Concert 2020

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    The Dales Ensemble Autumn Concert 2020

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon


    Formed in 2013, the Dales Ensemble is quickly gathering a reputation for performances of the highest quality. Its members live locally, yet are conservatoire trained and have performed with professional orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic and Opera North.…

    Dates

    From:
    4 Oct 2020 To 4 Oct 2020
  9. 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:
    4 Oct 2020 To 4 Oct 2020
  10. 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
  11. 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 a…

    Dates

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

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