What’s on, events in and around Ripon 2024

Updated – 24th May 2024

Introduction

To find out more details about each event, click on the underlined link. This list of events has been obtained from public information.  Whilst we make every effort to be accurate, we cannot be held responsible for any errors.  Please make sure that you follow the link and contact the venue before making any arrangements. We plan to update the list monthly.

Regular Events

Ripon Market Days are Thursday and Saturday.

Every night at 9 o’clock, all year round, the Ripon Hornblower Sets The Night Watch  at the four corners of the obelisk in the Market Square.

Every week Waste Not Wednesday at Ripon Community House. 12.00pm – 2.00pm. A selection of low cost and healthy and delicious meals freshly made each week.

Every week, Friday Night Live Music – The Ripon Inn – 8.30 pm

Every Week on Wednesday – Ripon Food Tour – Market Square (pre-book essential)

Every 2 weeks – Open Mic Night at So! Bar & Eats

1st Tuesday of each month –  Hilarity Bites at Ripon Arts Hub.

1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month – Literary Lunch – Manchega, Ripon – 12.30pm

1st Thursday of each month – Dementia Forward Fundraising Cake & Coffee Stall – Unicorn Hotel 10am – 2.30pm

2nd Friday of the month apart from August – Singaround – Ripon Wilfrid’s Folk Club

Last Friday of the month Guest Night at – Ripon Wilfrid’s Folk Club 7.30pm

Fridays and Sundays until July – Tours of Thornborough Henge – 11am

Half Term Events

Until Thur 6thth June – Ripon’s D-Day Hero Hunt – Various City Centre Locations

Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June – Making Faces Tree Trail – Fountains Abbey –  10am- 4.30pm

Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June – Spring Craft – Fountains Abbey –  11am- 3pm

Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June – Half Term Family Activities – Ripon Museum – 10am – 4pm

Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June – Pirate Takeover!! – Lightwater Valley – 10.30am – 5pm

Sun 26th May – Wood Owl and the Box of Wonders – Fountains Abbey – 11am and 2pm

Tues 28th May – Sowing Seeds & Flowery Fun – Ripon Cathedral – 10.30am-12.00

Tues 28th May – Half Term Family Fun & Crafts – Ripon Library – 10.00am-12.00

May

Sat 25th May – Jack Badcock – Grewelthorpe Village Hall – 8.00pm

Sat 25th May – Stereo Love – Ripon Bowling Club – 8.30pm

Sun 26th May – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Sun 26th May – The Cooler Kings – The Golden Lion, Allhallowgate – From 5pm

Sun 26th May – Stuart Lovick – Ripon Bowling Club – 4pm

Sun 26th May – Spring Dog Show – Yorkshire Riding Centre Markington – Noon – 4.30

28th May – Lecture – Maintaining The Peace – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Thur 30th May – Afternoon Racing – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 2.20pm

Thur 30th May – Ghost Tour – Market Square – 7.15pm

Fri 31st May – All Those on Board – Ripon Arts Hub – 7.30pm

 

June

Sat 1st June – Commemoration of John Smeaton – Ripon Canal Basin – 8am – 5pm

Sat 1st June – J J Benjamin – Ripon Bowling Club – 8.30pm

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd June – Summer Open Studios – Liz Harvey Artist Grewelthorpe

Sun 2nd June – Butterfly Walk – Nosterfield Nature Reserve – 10.00am – 12noon

Sun 2nd June – Punk Panthers Ultramarathon & Trail Race – Studley Village Hall – 6am – 10pm

Sun 2nd June – Silhouette Soldiers Concept Painting – St John’s Sharow – 2.30pm

Tue 4th June – Organ Recital – Ronny Krippner – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Wed 5th June – Evening Racing – Ripon Racecourse – First race 5.35pm

Wed 5th June – Freddie Cleary – Singing at Ripon Races

Wed 5th June & Thur 6th June – Knitted Full Size Replica Tank on Display – Ripon Cathedral Forecourt

Thur 6th June – Concert : John Treherne, virginals – Ripon Cathedral 1.00pm

Thur 6th June – D-Day and Royal Engineers Anniversary Concert – Ripon Cathedral – 7.00pm

Thur 6th June – National Beacon Lighting Ceremony – Ripon Cathedral Forecourt – 9.15pm

Fri 7th June – Reflections of an Oxford Warden – Markenfield Hall – 7.00pm

Fri 7th June – Ripon Indie Fiesta! – Market Square and Kirkgate – 4pm – 9pm

Fri 7th June – Ghost Hunt – Ripon Workhouse and Orphanage  – 9pm – 2am

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June – Tractorfest – Newby Hall 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June – Knitted Full Size Replica Tank on Display – Newby Hall

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June – Summer Open Studios – Liz Harvey Artist Grewelthorpe

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June – Scarecrow Trail – St John’s Sharow – 11am – 4pm

Sat 8th June – 21 Engineer Regiment Display of Military Equipment – Market Square

Sat 8th June – Falklands War – A Sappers View – Ripon Bowling Club – 3pm

Sat 8th June – Live Music in The Market Square – 7pm

Sat 8th June – Vivaldi 4 Seasons by Candlelight – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Sat 8th June – Bingo Revolution – Ripon Bowling Club – 7pm

Sat 8th June – GirlsOn45 Vinyl Night – Water Rat – 8.30pm

Sat 8th June – Ghost Hunt – Ripon Workhouse – 9.00pm

Sun 9th June – Mayor Making Ceremony – Service in Ripon Cathedral followed by installation in the Market Square – Detailed times from Ripon City Council

Sun 9th June – 21 Engineer Regiment Freedom of The City – Parade Through The Town

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June – Summer Open Studios – Liz Harvey Artist Grewelthorpe

Sat 8th & Sun 9th June – Tractorfest – Newby Hall 10.00am – 4.00pm

Tue 11th June – Organ Recital – Tim Harper – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Thur 13th June – Concert : Paul Chamberlain, accordion – Ripon Cathedral 1.00pm

Fri 14 June – A Night At The Opera – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Sat 15th June – BioBlitz Species Count -Panthers Pavilion Hell Wath – Timing TBA

Sat 15th June – Rutter’s Feel The Spirit – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Sat 15th June – Ripon Workhouse Ghost Night – Ripon Museum – 8.00pm

Sun 16th June – Saxophony 4 – Ripon Spa Gardens – 2pm-4pm

Tue 18th June – Organ Recital – Alastair Stone – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Wed 19th June – Evening Racing – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 5.25pm

Wed 19th June – Elton John by Candlelight – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Thur 20th June – Ladies’ Day – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 1.45pm

Thur 20th June – Concert :  The Yorkshire Decibelles – Ripon Cathedral 1.00pm

Fri 21st June – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Ripon Spa Gardens – 19.00

Fri 21st June – Stories of Sanctuary – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Sat 22nd June – Brahms, Barons and Brandenburg – Holy Trinity Church – 7.30pm

Sat 22nd June – Ripon Pride – Black Swan – 2pm til late

Sat 22nd June – Liam B – Ripon Bowling Club – 8.30pm

Sun 23rd June – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Tue 25th June – Organ Recital – Katherine Dienes-Williams – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Thur  27th June – Concert : Young Singers of Ripon – Ripon Cathedral 1.00pm

Fri 28th June – Andy Stones – St Wilfrid’s Community Centre – 7.30pm

Fri 28th June – Live Band – Rough Edge – Ripon Bowling Club – 8.30pm

Sun 2nd June – Dragonflies on Flasks Fen – Nosterfield Nature Reserve – 10.00am – 12noon

Sat 29th June – This is Me Festival – Ripon Rugby Club – 12noon – 5pm

Sat 29th June – Beer & Music Festival – Ripon Rugby Club – 12 noon – 10.00pm

Sat 29th June – Last Night of The Proms – Holy Trinity Church – 7.30pm

Sat 29th June – Sing and Swing – Classic Jazz – Christ the Consoler Newby Hall – 7.30pm

Sat 29th June – Gina G – Ripon Bowling Club – 8.30pm

 

 

 

July

Tue 2nd – Sun 7th July – Ripon Theatre Festival – Various Locations

Tue 2nd July – Tales from the Scriptorium – Fountains Abbey 11am and 2pm

Tue 2nd July – Sat 6th July – Monoliths – Ripon Cathedral – Daily 1.30pm; Sat 10.30am

Wed 3rd July – Summer Picnic – Littlethorpe Manor – 11am – 3.30pm

Wed 3rd July – A Spoonful of Julie – Holy Trinity Church 1.00pm

Wed 3rd July – Look After Your Knees – Ripon Arts Hub – 8.00pm

Thur 4th July – Theatre Festival Special Ghost Walk – Market Square – 7.15pm

Thur 4th July –  Concert : Joseph Spratt, tenor – Ripon Cathedral 1.00pm

Thur 4th July – Stand Up Stories – Storehouse Bar and Eatery 6.00pm

Thur 4th July – Shakespeare’s Royals – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Thur 4th July – JKL Duo – Church of St James Baldersby – 7pm

Fri 5th July – Storytime with Ilaria Passeri – Ripon Library – 10.30am

Fri 5th July – Short Story Writing Workshop – Ripon Library – 11.30am

Fri 5th July – Mr Owen’s Pocketbook – Ripon Cathedral 2.00pm

Fri 5th July – Trunk Tales – The Ripon Inn 5.30pm

Fri 5th July – Looking For Me Friend – Ripon Arts Hub – 8.00pm

Sat 6th July – Pop-Up Events – Various Locations Through The City

Sat 6th July – Ayla’s Dream – Ripon Library – 10.30am; Ripon Cathedral 12noon

Sat 6th July – Curiouser and Curiouser – Ripon Cathedral – 11.00am & 12.30pm ; Little Ripon Bookshop 2.30pm

Sat 6th July – Tales from Honeypot Village – The Unicorn Hotel – 9.30am & The Little Ripon Bookshop 11.30am

Sat 6th July – Snakes and Ladders at The Workhouse – Ripon Workhouse Museum – 11-12.30 & 1pm-3pm

Sat 6th July – The Trial of John Sinkler – Courthouse Museum 2.00pm

Sat 6th July – The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle – Newby Hall and Gardens – 5.30pm

Sat 6th July – Theatre for One – Kirkgate – 1.30pm-2.30pm & 3.00pm-4.00pm

Sat 6th July – Kirkgate Street Party – 3.00pm-6.00pm

Sat 6th July – We’re Not Going Back – Ripon Arts Hub – 7.30pm

Sat 6th July – Durufle Requiem – Ripon Cathedral – 7.00pm

Sun 7th July – Family Fun Day – Ripon Spa Gardens & Market Square – 8.00am-5.00pm

Sun 7th July – As You Like It – The Old Deanery – 7.00pm

Sun 7th July – Opera Brunch – Valentinos’ Restaurant – 10.30am

Sun 7th July – Generation Groove Band – Newby Hall – 1pm-3pm

Sun 7th July – Fate & The Warrior – Workhouse Museum – 3.00pm

Sun 7th July – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Mon 8th July – Evening Racing – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 6.15pm

Thur 11th July – Concert : Charlotte Harper, recorder – Ripon Cathedral 1.00pm

Fri 12th July – Songs for Summer – Fisher Singers – Holy Trinity Church – 7.30pm

Sat 13th July – GirlsOn45 Vinyl Night – Water Rat – 8.30pm

Sat 13th July – Albert Lau International Steinway Artist– Christ the Consoler Newby Hall – 7.30pm

Sat 13th & Sun 14th July – Ripon Triathlon Festival – Ripon Racecourse

Sun 14th July – The Merlins – Ripon Spa Gardens – 2pm – 4pm

Fr 19th July – Tina Turner by Candlelight – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Sat 20th July – Go Racing in Yorkshire – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 2.45pm

Sat 20th July – Knot Another Choir – Newby Hall – 1pm – 3pm

Sat 20th July – Canzona String Quartet  Christ the Consoler Newby Hall – 7.30pm

Sun 21st July – Historic Vehicle Rally – Newby Hall 10am – 3pm

Sun 21st July – Harrogate Spa Ukes – Spa Gardens – 2.00pm – 4pm

Thur 25th July – Ghost Tour – Ripon Museum – 7.15pm

Thur 25th July – Lady Clare’s Consort – St John’s Sharow – 7.30pm

Fri 26th July – The Brothers Gillespie – St Wilfrid’s Community Centre – 7.30pm

Fri 26th July – Mon 29th July – Deer Shed Festival – Baldersby Park, Topcliffe.

Sun 28th July – Ripon Classic Car Gathering – Ripon Racecourse

Sun 28th July – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

 

Aug

Thur 1st Aug – Free Guided Cathedral Tour – Ripon Cathedral – 2.00pm

Fri 2nd Aug – Pink Tribute – Ripon Bowling Club – 8.30pm

Sat 3rd Aug – St Wilfrid’s Procession – Ripon City – 1340pm – 1630pm

Sat 3rd Aug – Locked Up : Ripon Prison – Ripon Museum – 20.00

Sun 4th Aug – Mini Music Festival – St Wilfrid’s Community Centre – 12noon

Sun 4th Aug – Ripon City Band – Ripon Spa Gardens – 2pm – 4pm

Mon 5th Aug – Afternoon Racing – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 2.45pm

Thur 8th Aug – Free Guided Cathedral Tour – Ripon Cathedral – 2.00pm

Sat 10th Aug – GirlsOn45 Vinyl Night – Water Rat – 8.30pm

Sun 11th Aug – Family Olympics Day – Ripon Racecourse – First race 2.45pm

Thur 15th  Aug – Free Guided Cathedral Tour – Ripon Cathedral – 2.00pm

Thur 15th Aug – Ghost Tour – Ripon Museum – 7.15pm

Thur 15th Aug – The Beatles by Candlelight – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Fri 16th Aug – Hamlet – Open Air Theatre – Newby Hall – 7pm

Fri 16th Aug – Pink Floyd by Candlelight – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Sat 17th Aug – Ripon City Allotment Society Stall – Market Square

Sat 17th Aug – William Hill Great St Wilfrid – Ripon Racecourse – First race 1.35pm

Thur 22nd Aug – Free Guided Cathedral Tour – Ripon Cathedral – 2.00pm

Sat 24th Aug – Beer Festival – Ripon Cathedral – 11.30am – 5pm

Sat 24th Aug – Fireworks Championships – Newby Hall – 6pm – 10.30pm

Sun 25th Aug – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Mon 26th Aug – Bank Holiday Family Day – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 2.25pm

Tue 27th Aug – Afternoon Racing – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 2.15pm

Thur 29th Aug – Free Guided Cathedral Tour – Ripon Cathedral – 2.00pm

Sat 31st Aug – Paranormal Event/Ghost Hunt – Ripon Workhouse Museum – 20.00

 

September

Sun 1st Sept – Ripon Horticultural Show – Ripon Racecourse – Time TBA

Sun 1st Sept – Generation Groove Band – Newby Hall – 2pm – 4pm

Sun 1st Sept – Woodside Big Band – Ripon Spa Gardens 2pm — 4pm

Thurs 5th Sept – Commonwealth War Graves – Elizabeth Smith – Workhouse Museum 7pm

Fri 6th – Fri 13th Sep – Heritage Open Days – TBA

Fri 13th – Sun 15th Sep – Autumn Flower Show – Newby Hall 9.30am – 5.30pm

Sat 14th Sept – New World String Quartet – Grewelthorpe Village Hall – 8pm

Wed 18th Sept – Young Persons Volunteer Recruitment Fair – Ripon Grammar School- 12.30pm – 4.00pm

Thurs 19th – Sun 22nd Sept – Ripon Poetry Festival – Various Locations

Sat 21st Sept – Tchaikovsky’s Fifth ; Royal Northern Sinfonia – Ripon Cathedral 7.30pm

Sun 22nd Sep – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Fri 27th Sep – Anna Bass & Ray Taylor – St Wilfrid’s Community Centre – 7.30pm

Sat 28th Sep – The Golden Age of Hollywood – Ripon Cathedral – 19.30

Sat 28th Sep – Season Finale – Ripon Racecourse – First Race 1.45pm

Sun 29th Sept – Apple Day – Newby Hall – 11.00am – 5.30pm

Sun 29th Sept – Harrogate Spa Town Ukes – Newby Hall – 1.00pm – 3.00pm

 

October

Thurs 3rd Oct-  ‘Rattle His Bones’ John Buglass – Workhouse Museum 7pm

Sat 5th Oct – GirlsOn45 Vinyl Night – Water Rat – 8.30pm

Sat 5th Oct – Round Ripon Ultra and Relay Trail Run – Studley Roger Village Hall – 9.00am

Sat 12th Oct – The Wilderness Yet – Grewelthorpe Village Hall – 8pm

Sun 13th Oct – Land rover, 4×4 & Vintage Spares Day – Ripon Racecourse 9.30am – 2.00pm

Sun 13th Oct – Ripon Concerts – The Treske Quartet – Details TBA

Sat 19th Oct – Frankie Heart; Northern Soul and Motown Night – Ripon Bowling Club – 7.30pm

Fri 25th Oct – Bella Gaffney – St Wilfrid’s Community Centre – 7.30pm

Sat 26th Oct  – Medieval Hog Roast – Staveley Arms – 7.00pm

Sat 26th Oct – Collavoce Collective & Eurythmia Ensemble – Fountains Abbey 19.00

Sun 27th Oct – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Thur 31st Oct –  Ghost Tour – Ripon Museum – 5.15pm & 7.15pm

 

November & Later

Sat 2nd Nov – GirlsOn45 Vinyl Night – Water Rat – 8.30pm

Sat 2nd Nov – Chris Banister – Grewelthorpe Village Hall – 8pm

Thur 7th Nov – A Concert of Remembrance – Ripon Cathedral – Time TBA

Sun 10th Nov – Ripon Concerts – Songs & Poems of Remembrance – Details TBA

Sat 16th Nov – Orff:Carmina Burana & Last Night of The Proms – Details TBA

Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd Nov – Christmas Food & Gift Fair – Ripon Cathedrale – 9.30 – 16.30

Sun 24th Nov – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Fri 29th Nov – M.F.O.R – Ripon Bowling Club – 8.30pm

Fri 29th Nov – Martyn Wyndam Read – St Wilfrid’s Community Centre – 7.30pm

Thurs 5th Dec –  Spital – St Mary Magdalen Hospital – Workhouse Museum 7pm

Sat 7th Dec – GirlsOn45 Vinyl Night – Water Rat – 8.30pm

Sat 7th Dec – Ripon Tinsel Tractor Road Run – F.Tate & Sons Larkhill Nurseries

Sun 8th Dec – Ripon Concerts – Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble – Details TBA

Sat 14th Dec – Ripon Choral Society & Handel : Messiah – Details TBA

Sun 15th Dec – Carols by Candlelight – Christ the Consoler Newby Hall – 6.00pm

Sun 22nd Dec – Little Bird Artisan Market – Ripon Market Square – 10am – 3pm

Fri 27th Dec – Folk Club Christmas Party  – St Wilfrid’s Community Centre – 7.30pm

Fri 27th Dec – Ghost Tour – Ripon Museum – 7.15pm

Sun 29th Dec – Jolly Holly Jog – Hell Wath Nature Reserve

 

2025

Thurs 9th Jan Science and Sand – David Winnpenny – Workhouse Museum 7pm

Sun 12th Jan – Ripon Concerts – Ilyad Sughayer – piano – Details TBA

Sat 25th Jan – St Cecilia Orchestra Winter Concert – Holy Trinity Church 7.30pm

Sun 9th Feb – Ripon Concerts – Tim Lowe, Jack Liebeck & Katya Apekisheva – Details TBA

Sun 9th March – Ripon Concerts -Kosmos Ensemble – Details TBA

Sat 22nd March – St Cecilia Orchestra Spring Concert – Ripon Cathedral – 7.30pm

Sat 5th Apr – Ripon Choral Society & Bach : St John Passion – Detail TBA

Sat 21st June – Ripon Choral Society & Mendelssohn: Elijah – Ripon Cathedral – Detail TBA

 

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Ripon Together January 2024 update.

Walk to School Event. Walk to School Days take place once every half-term, although many schools promote good transport habits on a daily and weekly basis, to improve air quality, reduce congestion and improve pupil health and wellbeing. The next walk to school event is planned for 2nd February. 

Pancake Race. Work is ongoing on organising the Pancake Race for Shrove Tuesday on 13th February.  Pancake Day races, have become a much-loved and long-established tradition. They are organised by the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels. The event starts at 11am outside the Cathedral, as the Lent bell begins to ring.

Historical Map of Ripon. Details on the historical map of Ripon have been sent to the cartographer and we are looking at a late spring / early summer launch date. 

Summer Funfest. Plans for the summer funfest in 2024 are already well underway for week commencing Mon 19th Aug. This has been aided by funds already being received from Cllr Andrew Williams locality budget and the Jepson Trust, both of which are gratefully received.