Ripon Cathedral

Sights, sounds and stories of Ripon on offer at family friendly festival

Date(s) - 10 March 2018
11:00am - 3:00pm

Morris dancing, face painting, choir singing, rag rugging, car cutting and spooky story telling are just some of the sights and sounds on offer across Ripon this Saturday (10 March).

Sights, Sounds & Stories of Ripon 2018 is a family friendly festival featuring entertainment, activities and local groups at venues across the city, showcasing what Ripon has to offer residents and visitors alike.

Now in its seventh year, with the new dimension of ‘Stories’ added for 2018, the festival, which runs from 11am – 3pm, is bigger and better than ever and offers visitors a chance to:

  • see inside the city’s museums – get locked in a cell, take part in a real trial and study in a Victorian schoolroom
  • be serenaded by the cathedral’s own youth choir, and the Anoka Youth choir – all the way from America
  • get a close-up view of the emergency services, as Fire & Rescue cut up a car and ambulance staff offer a lie down
  • marvel at the dancing of Ripon’s Morris men and Betty Lupton’s Ladle Laikers
  • discover Ripon’s grizzly secrets on a guided ghost tour and
  • drop into Ripon Walled Garden’s pop-up café in the cathedral



By following the trail around all the venues taking part, visitors will meet a wide range of local groups, charities and local public services, including:

  • White Rose Credit Union
  • North Yorkshire Youth
  • Age UK
  • Dementia Forward
  • Jennyruth Workshops
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance and
  • Harrogate Borough Council’s Tenant Involvement scheme

New for 2018 are Stories of Ripon – ‘living’ books where local residents have shared interesting memories and stories of old Ripon, such as ‘Nursing in Ripon’s Hospitals’, ‘The Day War Broke Out’ and ‘Ripon Railway’.

Some stories have been recorded to play in the Workhouse Museum and Ripon library throughout the day, whilst others will be told in person at the library and the cathedral.

Ripon Walled Garden will be ‘popping up’ their café in the cathedral, whilst costumed caterers will be serving up tasty treats at the Workhouse museum.

All the Sights, Sounds and Stories events have been organised by the ‘Ripon My Neighbourhood’ partnership. The partnership, led by Harrogate Borough Council, includes local public, private and voluntary organisations who are working together to improve the quality of life of Ripon residents.


Councillor Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said:

Each year the Sights & Sounds event gets bigger and better.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for the award- winning ‘My Neighbourhood’ partnership to showcase its work in Ripon and demonstrates what can be achieved when a community comes together.


James Etherington, Director of Ripon Museums, said:

We have lots planned at Ripon Museums, including activities such as Victorian chores and rag rugging, as well as face painting, and a pop up café with entry free to Ripon residents


The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson will open proceedings at the Workhouse Museum at 11am.  He said:

I am thrilled to be opening the festival for the second time; it is wonderful to see organisations planning and working together to show off so many of the gems that we have to be proud of in Ripon.

The significant thing about this festival is that it encourages local people and visitors alike to discover something new and enjoyable. Like our partners across Ripon, we at the cathedral have planned a packed day with something for everyone.


Sights, Sounds & Stories of Ripon 2018 runs from 11am – 3pm on Saturday 10 March.  For more details go to or email


For more information about ‘My Neighbourhood’ contact Fiona Friday at Harrogate Borough Council: or call 01423 500600.


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