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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. Prisoners on Prisoners

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    Prisoners on Prisoners

    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    An art installation by Faye Claridge sharing the experiences of current and historic female prisoners through audio, textile and photography. The exhibition will be in Cell 13 of the Prison & Police Museum.

    Faye connects historic prison archives with inmates at HM Askham Grange, to explore…

    Dates

    From:
    8 Feb 2020 To 6 Sep 2020
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Faustus April Tour Comes to Ripon Live

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    Faustus April Tour Comes to Ripon Live

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Early 2020 saw Faustus performing at venues in Australia and New Zealand. The band are back in the UK and touring in April 2020 with a selection of their material, including from their newest EP, Cotton Lords (2019).
    Playing music for our times, Faustus take traditional English music, rip it up,…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Apr 2020 To 25 Apr 2020
  5. May half term at Fountains Abbey

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    May half term at Fountains Abbey

    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Come along this May half term to spend some time in the great outdoors. There's art in the water garden as part of the folly! art programme. Pick up a family trail to explore. Get stuck into familt crafts in Swanley Grange and spot the wild deer on a deer watch walk, too! 

    These events will…

    Dates

    From:
    2 May 2020 To 30 Oct 2020
    From:
    23 May 2020 To 31 May 2020
    From:
    23 May 2020 To 23 May 2020
  6. 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. 

    We're working with northern artist Steve Messam to bring artwork into the water garden between May-October. Big, bold and controversial…

    Dates

    From:
    2 May 2020 To 30 Oct 2020
  7. 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
  8. May Bank Holiday Fun at Lightwater Valley

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    May Bank Holiday Fun at Lightwater Valley

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    With over 30 rides and attractions, Lightwater Valley offers families an amazing value day out in Yorkshire. Visitors can brave the longest rollercoaster in Europe – The Ultimate, with a ride time approaching 6 minutes.

    Younger family members will love the wet 'n' wild fun of the water rides and…

    Dates

    From:
    8 May 2020 To 10 May 2020
  9. May Half Term Fun at Lightwater Valley

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    May Half Term Fun at Lightwater Valley

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    The theme park will be opening this half term from Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st for a week full of fun for all the family.

    With over 30 rides and attractions, Lightwater Valley offers families an amazing value day out in Yorkshire. Visitors can brave the longest rollercoaster in Europe – The…

    Dates

    From:
    23 May 2020 To 31 May 2020
  10. Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival

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    Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival

    Type

    Food & Drink

    Ripon

    Join us for the annual Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2020 in the grounds of the Cathedral.

    With live music playing throughout the day, local award winning beers and ciders, delicious hot food, children's activities and lots more – this is a great day out for all the…

    Dates

    From:
    25 May 2020 To 25 May 2020
  11. Dr Janet Soskice on The Sisters of Sinai

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    Dr Janet Soskice on The Sisters of Sinai

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    The year is 1893, and whilst Victorian fervour over the translation of the King James Bible was quietening, scientific-rationale was still casting a shadow over the text. So when news broke on 13th April that an ancient manuscript of the Four Gospels had been discovered at Mount Sinai in Egypt it…

    Dates

    From:
    29 May 2020 To 29 May 2020
  12. 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:
    3 Jun 2020 To 3 Jun 2020
    From:
    8 Jul 2020 To 8 Jul 2020
    From:
    12 Aug 2020 To 12 Aug 2020
    From:
    9 Sep 2020 To 9 Sep 2020
    From:
    14 Oct 2020 To 14 Oct 2020
    From:
    11 Nov 2020 To 11 Nov 2020
  13. 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
  14. Open Days at Markenfield Hall

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    Open Days at Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    Tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, Markenfield Hall has been described as Yorkshire's best-kept secret. Not visible from the road, a glimpse of the imposing east wall cannot be seen until visitors reach the old Mediaeval road near to the top of…

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jun 2020 To 28 Jun 2020
  15. 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:
    20 Apr 2020 To 20 Apr 2020
    From:
    29 Jun 2020 To 29 Jun 2020
    From:
    27 Jul 2020 To 27 Jul 2020
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    28 Sep 2020 To 28 Sep 2020
    From:
    26 Oct 2020 To 26 Oct 2020
  16. Ptolemy Dean in the Surveyors if the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, past and present.

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    Ptolemy Dean in the Surveyors if the Fabric at Westminster Abbey, past and present.

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon


    When Dean took on the role of Surveyor of the Fabric in 2012, he found the 500 year old installation ceremony daunting, as was the prospect of becoming only the 19th architect ever to have been appointed in the Abbey's 1,000 year history. With predecessors such as Christopher Wren, Nicholas…

    Dates

    From:
    30 Jun 2020 To 30 Jun 2020
  17. Dr David Starkey on Henry VIII and the first Brexit

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    Dr David Starkey on Henry VIII and the first Brexit

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    The historian and author posits Henry VIII as the ultimate break-away leader, citing his strength when he used Parliamentary Sovereignty to break England away from the Catholic Church. Drawing fascinating parallels – including those between Nigel Farage and Henry himself – this fascinating talk…

    Dates

    From:
    3 Jul 2020 To 3 Jul 2020
  18. 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:
    23 May 2020 To 23 May 2020
    From:
    11 Jul 2020 To 11 Jul 2020
    From:
    12 Sep 2020 To 12 Sep 2020
  19. Nicholas Merchant on Yorkshire Country Houses

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    Nicholas Merchant on Yorkshire Country Houses

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Yorkshire is fortunate to contain a vast number of country estates, each with a great house at its centre. At one time, a great chain of country houses existed from Burton Agnes in the east to Harewood in the west. Many did not survive the post-war period, being purposefully-destroyed by owners…

    Dates

    From:
    17 Jul 2020 To 17 Jul 2020
  20. Nicholas Merchant explores the highlights of the Temple Newsam Collection,Leeds

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    Nicholas Merchant explores the highlights of the Temple Newsam Collection,Leeds

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Famous as the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, Temple Newsam is known as "the Hampton Court of the North"'. Now set imposingly above the A1M, the Hall began life as a courtyard house in 1520. It now houses rich collections of wallpapers, textiles, silver and ceramics.…

    Dates

    From:
    18 Jul 2020 To 18 Jul 2020
  21. 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
  22. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    Historic 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
  23. 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
  24. Tour & Tea at Markenfield Hall

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    Tour & Tea at Markenfield Hall

    Type

    Heritage

    Ripon

    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 lovingly prepared by Elizabeth Dennison of The Dusty Miller.

    The tour will begin at 2:00pm, and will be followed by Afternoon Tea at 3:30pm.

    We can…

    Dates

    From:
    6 Aug 2020 To 6 Aug 2020
    From:
    13 Aug 2020 To 13 Aug 2020
    From:
    20 Aug 2020 To 20 Aug 2020
  25. 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
  26. Open Air Shakespeare at Newby Hall

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    Open Air Shakespeare at Newby Hall

    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:
    21 Aug 2020 To 21 Aug 2020
  27. Dr Susie Harries on The Art of the Joke: humour in art.

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    Dr Susie Harries on The Art of the Joke: humour in art.

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    "Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious." Oscar Wilde

    Artists have always used jokes to make serious statements – about themselves, about each other, about the world, and about the nature of art. This lecture looks at artists' jokes –…

    Dates

    From:
    4 Sep 2020 To 4 Sep 2020
  28. A.N. Wilson on The Man who saved the Monarchy

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    A.N. Wilson on The Man who saved the Monarchy

    Type

    Lecture

    Ripon

    Prince Albert is perhaps one of the least known royals – famous for the Great Exhibition and popularising the Christmas tree – yet he quietly revolutionised the royal family. At a time when royalty was perceived as "a distant gilded viper's nest of dissoluteness", he was fundamental in creating a…

    Dates

    From:
    25 Sep 2020 To 25 Sep 2020
  29. STUDY DAY: The Making of Italy with Dr Cristina Figueredo

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    STUDY DAY: The Making of Italy with Dr Cristina Figueredo

    Type

    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
  30. 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
    From:
    10 Oct 2020 To 10 Oct 2020
    From:
    17 Oct 2020 To 17 Oct 2020
    From:
    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
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    31 Oct 2020 To 31 Oct 2020
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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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