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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. The Settlers Society Exhibition

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Discover the little known history of the Settlers Society at Fountains Hall. The boys camp was created by Commander Vyner, owner of the Fountains Abbey estate in the 1930s, to offer an escape to young men from Tyneside from the effects of the Great Depression. Learn about the personal histories of...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2018 To 28 Oct 2018
  2. Folly! Art in the garden

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    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
  3. Rainforest of the Sea Exhibition

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    Type

    Exhibition

    Ripon

    A new photographic exhibition opens on 7th September which captures the underwater wonders of the coral triangle. Stunning photographs of sea creatures in Borneo highlighting the diversity of coral reefs, as well as the threats facing one of the world's richest habitats.

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sep 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
  4. Cathedral Concert Society 2018/19 concert  season

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    A series of 6 recitals and chamber concerts by local, national and international artists are held once a month on a Monday evening between October and March in Ripon Cathedral (see music section for full details of each concert).

    Subscription to the whole series from www.riponconcerts.co.uk:...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Oct 2018 To 11 Mar 2019
  5. Deer Watch Walk

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    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:
    20 Oct 2018 To 30 Oct 2018
    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  6. Fountains by Floodlight

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Experience something truly special this autumn as you explore the illuminated ruins of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal water gardens. 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. 

    £10 adult, £5...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Oct 2018 To 26 Oct 2018
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    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
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    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
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    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  7. Apple juicing at Swanley

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    We know the monks at Fountains Abbey produced ale and perhaps cider. Other monasteries in the country certainly did. Join in the apple juicing process and sample the delicious results from your hard work. We’re using apples from our orchard which are all northern varieties from the sixteenth...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  8. Workhouse Ghosts and Soul Cakes

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Spooky family activities 29th October - 2nd November, 11am - 4pm.

    Come to the Workhouse Museum this half term and meet our ghosts! Follow stories of our friendly ghosts through the museums, make ghostly finger puppets and meet Punch's witchy mother-in-law during our Punch & Judy performances. ...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Oct 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  9. Monster Mash Hallowe'en Party

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    Type

    Family Event

    Ripon

    Monster Mash Hallowe'en Party

    5pm-7pm Wednesday 31st October

    Bring your little monsters to the Workhouse on All Hallow's Eve for some spooky fun. Starting with Wendy the Witch's Monster Games, listen to creepy stories while making flappy bats and end up with a quick dash down our Corridor of...

    Dates

    From:
    31 Oct 2018 To 31 Oct 2018
  10. Unlearning Exercises - Percussion and Live Coding workshops

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Unlearning Exercises is a series of music workshops open to everyone.
    They are a place to give different types of music making a go, with no rights or wrongs!

    LIVE CODING : use computer code to create your own music
    EXPERIMENTAL PERCUSSION LAB : feel the force of playing live percussion in a...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  11. Autumn Drive through

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    Drive into a magical scene of Fountains at night, see the glowing abbey and finish with a warming drink. It’s just for cars and minibuses so it’s great for people who might be less steady on their feet. As it’s a drive-through you’ll need to stay in your car. If you’d like to come and explore the...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  12. Guided tour of the Hall

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    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:
    5 Nov 2018 To 5 Nov 2018
  13. Orphan Colours play for Ripon Live Music

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Former band members of Ahab, Danny and the Champions of the World and Noah & the Whale play "A delicious Tom Pettyesque slice of sublime America"

    Dates

    From:
    7 Nov 2018 To 7 Nov 2018
  14. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon - The Music Serenade

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Two stalwarts of The Opera North Orchestra, Robert Ashworth (principal horn) and Andrew Long (associate leader) are joined by pianist Ian Buckle in this concert of lesser known works.

    Andrew Long Violin Robert Ashworth Horn Ian Buckle Piano Schumann Adagio and Allegro Op. 70 for horn and...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Nov 2018 To 12 Nov 2018
  15. Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra play for Ripon Live Music

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    Music

    Ripon

    Based in Newcastle the band play their own brand of Western swing,Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country or "North Eastern Swing" as they have coined it.

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  16. Winter bird walk

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    A 2 mile walk around the estate to see the birds that make Fountains their home in winter time.

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  17. Preserving at Swanley Grange

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    Type

    Gardens

    Ripon

    The monks would have preserved as much food as possible to tide them over the winter. Come and see the original medieval recipe cooked on an outside fire at Swanley and taste the results.

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
  18. Christmas Gift and Food Fair

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    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    The greatest Christmas Fair in Yorkshire returns for another big year!

    Join us on Saturday 24 November from 9.30am – 4.30pm at Ripon Cathedral. Still only £3 entry, children are free.

    With fun for all the family including meeting Santa in his grotto, over 80 stalls helping you find that perfect...

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 24 Nov 2018
  19. The Nativity trail

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Follow the stars to discover scenes of the nativity by the abbey and in the garden. Discover wooden sculptures of the nativity scenes created by local artist, Shane Green.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 7 Jan 2019
  20. Fountains Hall 1930s christmas

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Make your own paper chain or snowflake decoration, challenge your family to a game of snakes and ladders, dress up as they would have done, delve your hand into a stocking to see what you would have received on Christmas morning.

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  21. Father Christmas

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    What’s that sound? It’s the jingle of reindeer bells – Father Christmas is touching down at Fountains Abbey this year and he comes bearing gifts. If you’ve been a kind and helpful little boy or girl it’s time to give Father Christmas a visit in his cosy grotto. He may have a special gift for you!

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 25 Nov 2018
    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
    From:
    8 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  22. Music and Lights

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    Traditional

    Ripon

    Here at Fountains we're getting into the Christmas spirit and have just the thing to enjoy on a chilly winter weekend: glowing lights, festive music and delicious food and drink. Come and join us!

    Dates

    From:
    24 Nov 2018 To 25 Nov 2018
    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 2 Dec 2018
    From:
    8 Dec 2018 To 8 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 23 Dec 2018
  23. Tea & Tales with Allan Foster

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    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:
    28 Nov 2018 To 28 Nov 2018
  24. The Story of Christmas

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    Type

    Concert

    Ripon

    Following the success of last year's sell out production, we are delighted to announce that The Story of Christmas with Carols is returning to Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 1 December at 7.30pm.

    The Story of Christmas promises to be a superb theatrical production of the timeless and inspiring...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 1 Dec 2018
    From:
    1 Dec 2018 To 1 Dec 2018
  25. Christmas floristry workshops

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Join one of our workshops to create a wreath on the theme of 'rich berry colours'.

    Award winning florist Joanna, from Twisted Willow, will be providing expert tuition on how to make your own wreath at these workshops. Using estate foliage. For those who wish to create a table decoration,...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2018 To 3 Dec 2018
    From:
    4 Dec 2018 To 4 Dec 2018
  26. Festive Christmas Lunches

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    Type

    Traditional

    Ripon

    Tuck into a delicious festive lunch with family, friends or colleagues this December.

    Choose from a two or three course traditional lunch menu and add tea or coffee with a mince pie for an extra treat. Make a day of it by taking a leisurely walk around the beautiful grounds and visit the shop...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Dec 2018 To 20 Jan 2019
  27. On the hoof

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    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:
    8 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
    From:
    15 Dec 2018 To 16 Dec 2018
  28. Boxing Day Pilgrimage

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    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:
    9 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
  29. Carols by Candlelight

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    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:
    9 Dec 2018 To 9 Dec 2018
  30. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon - Onyx Brass Quintet

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Onyx Brass is one of the rare breed of chamber ensembles whose musical and technical virtuosity is matched by the accessibility and vitality of their presentation.

    Monteverdi Vespers (1612): Ritornello Dowland Three movements from Lachrymae (Flow my Tears) Purcell Remember not Lord our...

    Dates

    From:
    10 Dec 2018 To 10 Dec 2018
    From:
    10 Dec 2018 To 10 Dec 2018
  31. A Dickens of a Christmas at the Ripon Workhouse Museum!

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    Type

    Christmas

    Ripon

    A whole day of family fun to get you into the festive spirit. From 11am - 8pm:

    Christmas craft activities: make your own Victorian Christmas decorations

    Story telling: A Christmas Carol

    Film: A Muppet Christmas Carol

    Mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies.

    Dates

    From:
    22 Dec 2018 To 22 Dec 2018
  32. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon - The Dante Quartet

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    The Dante Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and impassioned performances. The Quartet was founded in 1995 and chose its name to reflect the idea of an epic and adventurous journey.

    Krysia Osostowicz violin Oscar Perks violin Yuko Inoue viola Richard Jenkinson cello Haydn String...

    Dates

    From:
    14 Jan 2019 To 14 Jan 2019
  33. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon - Schubert Lieder Recital

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    One-time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, baritone Philip Smith will be accompanied by our Patron, Julius Drake, to conclude our exploration of Schubert's three great song cycles - a further musical portrait of love and longing.

    Philip Smith baritone and Julius Drake piano ...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Feb 2019 To 11 Feb 2019
  34. The Yorkshire Dales as a wildlife refuge? - a talk by the Wild Watch

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    Type

    Wildlife/Nature

    Ripon

    Learn how some animals are withstanding the effects of climate change by using valley's in our local countryside. Dr Andrew Suggitt from the University of York will share his striking research with us as well as well as explain how we can help wildlife in our own gardens.

    Attending this free event...

    Dates

    From:
    12 Feb 2019 To 12 Feb 2019
  35. The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    The Sixteen's most popular programme of all time returns for a mini UK tour and focuses on three composers' unique devotion to the church. A new version of Allegri's renowned Miserere is paired with James MacMillan's own setting of the text and pieces by 'The Prince of Polyphony' Giovanni Pierluigi...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Mar 2019 To 1 Mar 2019
  36. Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon -  Kammerphilharmonie Europa

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    Type

    Music

    Ripon

    Founded in 2006 in Cologne, Kammerphilharmonie Europa engages talented young musicians from 18 European nations, aiming to give these promising artists the opportunity for further development through a wide-ranging repertoire. It has achieved an outstanding artistic level and tours widely,...

    Dates

    From:
    11 Mar 2019 To 11 Mar 2019
  37. Tractor Fest 2019

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    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:
    8 Jun 2019 To 9 Jun 2019
  38. Lauren Child Exhibition

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    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 2019 To 7 Sep 2019
  39. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    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:
    15 Jul 2019 To 15 Jul 2019
  40. Fireworks Championships

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    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 2019 To 20 Jul 2019
  41. Historical Vehicle Rally Newby Hall

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    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:
    21 Jul 2019 To 21 Jul 2019

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