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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. Folly! Art in the garden

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    Folly! Art in the garden

    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    There’s art in the garden but it’s not paintings, and it’s not in a gallery…The artworks are in the garden and they’re just for fun - we call them follies. Pick up a free map at the entrance gate to explore this years exhibits.

    Four striking and surprising new artworks will emerge into the...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Apr 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  2. Caroline Norton Exhibition, at Markenfield Open Days

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    Caroline Norton Exhibition, at Markenfield Open Days

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    This year the unique and stunning Markenfield Hall will be holding an exhibition featuring the letters, poems and writing of Caroline Norton.  These treasured items from the Markenfield Archive give a glimpse into the life of Caroline Norton, sister in law of 3rd Lord Grantley, socialite and...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Jun 2018 To 24 Jun 2018
  3. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    23 Jun 2018 To 23 Jun 2018
  4. 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
  5. Galphay Open Gardens & Midsummer Market

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    Galphay Open Gardens & Midsummer Market

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Our lovely village is holding its annual open gardens event.

    You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of 13 gardens, large and small, including our village pinfold,
    the beautiful gardens of the Manor House and Braithwaite Hall.

    During this year's edition we are organizing a midsummer...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Jun 2018 To 24 Jun 2018
  6. Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

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    Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    The surprise hit – back for fourth year – join us for a guided tour of the Hall with guides Keith Jones and Allan Foster. Long-term Tenant Farmer, Allan grew up living in the Hall before moving across the Courtyard to the newly-converted Farmhouse Wing in the 1960s.

    No-one can tell a tale like...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Jun 2018 To 27 Jun 2018
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    25 Jul 2018 To 25 Jul 2018
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    15 Aug 2018 To 15 Aug 2018
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    26 Sep 2018 To 26 Sep 2018
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    17 Oct 2018 To 17 Oct 2018
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    28 Nov 2018 To 28 Nov 2018
  7. Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert

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    Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert

    Type

    Music

    Ripon


    Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert, Tuesday 3rd July at 8:00pm, Bishop Monkton Village Hall.

    Ripon Community Orchestra is playing a selection of music including The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture by Otto Nicolai, Polka from "Schwanda the Bagpiper" by Weinburger, Concert Suite...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jul 2018 To 3 Jul 2018
  8. Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert

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    Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert

    Type

    Music

    Harrogate

    Ripon Community Orchestra Summer Concert, Tuesday 3rd July at 8:00pm, Bishop Monkton Village Hall.

    Ripon Community Orchestra is playing a selection of music including The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture by Otto Nicolai, Polka from "Schwanda the Bagpiper" by Weinburger, Concert Suite from...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jul 2018 To 3 Jul 2018
  9. Thomas Markenfield and the Crusades with Dr Cristina Figueredo

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    Thomas Markenfield and the Crusades with Dr Cristina Figueredo

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    It has long been known that Sir Thomas Markenfield made a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 1560s. On 14 June 1566 Sir Thomas was admitted to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre - to become a member of the Order was considered by Roman Catholics to be an honour worth more than any knighthood conferred...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Jul 2018 To 6 Jul 2018
  10. Wath Street Fair

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    Wath Street Fair

    Type

    Fete / Fair

    Ripon

    The village's Main Street will be full of more than 25 stalls and activities such as a dog show, cakes, tombola, bric a brac, produce & plants, bouncy castle, raffle, vintage tractor parade and a traditional coconut shy. Delicious teas will also be available in Samwaies Hall.

    The popular Wath...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Jul 2018 To 7 Jul 2018
  11. Jimmys 25

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    Jimmys 25

    Type

    Concert

    Harrogate

    https://www.facebook.com/events/218364195561576/

    Once upon a time, in the picturesque Yorkshire Spa Town of Harrogate, there was a a place of wonder, mystery and sticky floors...
    That place was Jimmy's Nightclub, and for a thousand late nights regulars stepped over the threshold into a fantastical...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Jul 2018 To 7 Jul 2018
  12. Grave Concerns: Early Medieval Death and Life in North East England

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    Grave Concerns: Early Medieval Death and Life in North East England

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Join Professor Sarah Semple an expert from Durham University Archaeology Department to discover the intriguing facts about early Medieval death and life in North East England, there will also be an opportunity to handle artefacts from this era. Tickets £5 per person

    Dates

    From:
    7 Jul 2018 To 7 Jul 2018
  13. Lauren Child Exhibition

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    Lauren Child Exhibition

    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 2018 To 7 Sep 2018
  14. Explore the estate and learn all about the nature that is here

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    Fountains Abbey: Fascinating nature facts

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Enjoy a walk bursting with interesting facts about nature on the estate. From poisonous plants to ingenious ways nature is used, your guide Mike will astound you with fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes as you walk around this beautiful estate. Meet at visitor centre.*

    Dates

    From:
    11 Jul 2018 To 11 Jul 2018
  15. 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
  16. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    21 Jul 2018 To 21 Jul 2018
  17. 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
  18. A Tour & A Tea

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    A Tour & A Tea

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    FOLLOWING THE SELL-OUT SUCCESS of last year's T&T… why not join us this year – just as it sounds, A Tour & A Tea is a guided tour of the Hall by one of our highly knowledgeable guides, followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea freshly prepared by Elizabeth Dennison of The Dusty Miller.

    The tour will...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Aug 2018 To 2 Aug 2018
    From:
    9 Aug 2018 To 9 Aug 2018
    From:
    16 Aug 2018 To 16 Aug 2018
    From:
    23 Aug 2018 To 23 Aug 2018
  19. St. Wilfrid's Day Ripon

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    St. Wilfrid's Day Ripon

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    This procession around The City of Ripon is in honour of Ripons' Patron Saint: Saint Wilfrid.

    In 1108 King Henry 1 granted permission to the city to hold a fair to mark the birth of the Saint on 30th July and Ripon has held on to this tradition.

    The Parade is led by an Actor playing the Saint on...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Aug 2018 To 4 Aug 2018
  20. Requiem Mass

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    Requiem Mass

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    OF YOUR CHARITY pray for the souls of the last members of the Markenfield family to live here, before the house was confiscated by the Crown for High Treason and they had to flee into exile for life or live out the remainder of their lives in desperate poverty.

    Join us for a Latin Mass, said by...

    Dates

    From:
    18 Aug 2018 To 18 Aug 2018
  21. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Trot along to see if you can spot the deer. Can you see the difference between the Red, Sika and Fallow deer? Our knowledgable wildlife volunteers will be able to tell you all about them on this guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    21 Aug 2018 To 21 Aug 2018
  22. 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
  23. Guided tour of the Hall

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    Guided tour of the Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    As soon as we've packed up the last of the information sheets and taken in the signs after our last Open Day, the telephone rings off the hook with people asking when we are open! It can be quite embarrassing telling people that it will be another 10 months before they can come round… and so Mop-up...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Sep 2018 To 3 Sep 2018
    From:
    1 Oct 2018 To 1 Oct 2018
    From:
    5 Nov 2018 To 5 Nov 2018
  24. Pevsner in Yorkshire with Dr Susie Harries

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    Pevsner in Yorkshire with Dr Susie Harries

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Sir Nikolaus Pevsner was the author of 32 of The Buildings of England guides. Astonishingly, most of the tours were undertaken during periods of a few weeks only, in variously unreliable cars driven by his wife and a succession of assistants. He received a modest salary and minimal expenses and...

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sep 2018 To 7 Sep 2018
  25. The Husband Hunters with Anne de Courcy

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    The Husband Hunters with Anne de Courcy

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Towards the end of the C19th a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Sep 2018 To 14 Sep 2018
  26. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Join our guides to look out for early tell-tale behaviour as the stags and bucks get ready for the rut. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    22 Sep 2018 To 22 Sep 2018
  27. The Dales Ensemble in Concert at Markenfield Hall, September 2018

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    The Dales Ensemble in Concert at Markenfield Hall, September 2018

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Bach Violin Concerto in E Major
    Three movements from Bach's 5th
    Cello Suite in C Minor
    Vivaldi Cello Sonata No.5 in E Minor
    Vivaldi 'The Four Seasons'

    Dates

    From:
    30 Sep 2018 To 30 Sep 2018
  28. 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
  29. Little Lectures: Caroline Norton

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    Little Lectures: Caroline Norton

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Caroline Norton may no longer be a household name in in many homes up and down the country - but she is in ours - and we are telling her story this year as we believe that she is a pivotal figure in women's history.

    Caroline Norton was a Georgian society beauty - born into the Sheridan family of...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Oct 2018 To 3 Oct 2018
  30. Red Kites in Yorkshire with Doug Simpson MBE

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    Red Kites in Yorkshire with Doug Simpson MBE

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Since the year 2000, Red Kites have become an increasingly popular sight over the towns and villages around Markenfield – it is not unusual to hear their crystal-clear above the Courtyard, and they are regular followers of the tractor as it ploughs the fields out towards Markington.

    But where did...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Oct 2018 To 10 Oct 2018
  31. Opera North: from its foundation to its future - and everything in between

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    Opera North: from its foundation to its future - and everything in between

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    England's national opera company in the North is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites and entertains. It is vibrant and lively and seeks to challenge conventional perceptions of opera.

    Join us for an evening of talk and musical excerpts on film, when Opera North's...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Oct 2018 To 19 Oct 2018
  32. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Watch the action and hear the sounds of the deer rutting season as the males compete to attract and keep hold of the females. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Oct 2018 To 20 Oct 2018
  33. Deer Watch Walk

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    Deer Watch Walk

    Type

    Walk

    Ripon

    Watch the action and hear the sounds of the deer rutting season as the males compete to attract and keep hold of the females. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  34. 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 2019 To 10 Jun 2019

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