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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. 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
  2. Ripon Community Orchestra Winter Concert

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    Ripon Community Orchestra Winter Concert

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Ripon Community Orchestra is playing a selection of music including, The Gondoliers Selection by Arthur Sullivan, Antonin Dvorak Slavonic Dance VIII, Feuerfest by Josef Strauss, First Movement of Alexander Borodin's 2nd Symphony in B minor.  The orchestra will be joined by the choir,  Village…

    Dates

    From:
    2 Feb 2020 To 2 Feb 2020
  3. Ripon Concerts-The Virtuoso Violin

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    Ripon Concerts-The Virtuoso Violin

    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    The Virtuoso Violin

    Emmanuel Bach - violin
    Jenny Stern - piano

    Mozart - Sonata K.454 in B flat
    Brahms - Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78
    Britten - 3 Pieces, from Op. 6
    Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d'un lieu cher (memory of a dear place)
    Wieniawski - Polonaise No. 2 in A major, Op. 23

    Every season we try…

    Dates

    From:
    10 Feb 2020 To 10 Feb 2020
  4. Fab Family Fun during Feb Half Term at Lightwater Valley

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    Fab Family Fun during Feb Half Term at Lightwater Valley

    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Lightwater Half Term activities

    Youngsters and their families can enjoy a fun-packed day out during February Half Term, whatever the weather at Lightwater Valley (Saturday 15th – Saturday 22nd February) Aimed at the under 8's, Fab Feb Family Fun features a whole host of fantastic indoor and…

    Dates

    From:
    15 Feb 2020 To 22 Feb 2020
  5. Ripon Concerts - Life, Love and Longing - Song recital

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    Ripon Concerts - Life, Love and Longing - Song recital

    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Ashley Riches (baritone) & Sholto Kynoch (piano) perform a programme of Schumann Songs: Liederkreis Op.24 Dichterliebe Op.48 Kerner Lieder Op.35 Experience extremes of elation and despair as Baritone Ashley Riches and pianist Sholto Kynoch (director of The Oxford Lieder Festival) perform two…

    Dates

    From:
    9 Mar 2020 To 9 Mar 2020
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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

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