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Apr 28 2022 - May 02 2022


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Celebrating Ripon Cathedral’s 1,350th: Festival Weekend

Celebrate the life of the cathedral community through art, music and a series of special events, all designed to get our year off with a bang. 

See the schedule below – full details will be released in Easter 2022.

Hourly Schedule


19.30 - 22.00
Preview Evening
The official start of our celebrations and a night to remember. With live music from Frankly Jazz, the big band with just the right sound, illuminations and ending with fireworks evocative of St Wilfrid’s miraculous moonbow. 


Doors Open
Join us to experience and explore the life, heritage and faith within the walls of Ripon Cathedral
9.30 - 10.30
Bells ring out!
Join the Ripon Cathedral Bellringers as they demonstrate how they make so much beautiful, synchronised noise!
10.30 - 12.00
Guided Tour: Explore medieval Ripon
Explore Ripon's medieval history with a walking tour led by an expert guide
11.00 - 12.00
Guided tour: Flower Festival Guided Tour & Demo
Join experts from the Cathedral Flower Guild to explore the beautiful arrangements evocative of St Wilfrid, the cathedral's founding saint and patron.
12 - 12.30
Midday Eucharist
13.00 - 14.00
Talk: Jonathan Clarke, Cathedral Archaeologist
‘Reading the stones - some recent archaeological research at Ripon Cathedral’
15.30 - 16.30
Talk: Oliver Caroe, Cathedral Architect
18.00 - 18.30
Choral Evensong
19.30 - 22.00
Son et Lumiere


Doors Open
9.30 - 12.30
Medieval Scriptorium
Hazelsong Theatre create drop-in activities for families, creating calligraphic bookmarks and showing how manuscripts were made
10.30 - 11.30
Guided tour
Join an experienced guide to discover the hidden history of Ripon Cathedral
12.30 - 13.30
Mini-ring of church bells
Discover the fascinating world of campanology without any stairs! Bellringers will be operating the mini-ring, a small peel of bells, in the cathedral's nave
13.30 - 14.30
Art in the Cathedral
Meet Art in the Churches producer Chris Bailey, who will talk you through our plans for bringing St Wilfrid to life through contemporary art
15.30 - 16.30
Lecture: Prof Joyce Hill on making medieval manuscripts
17.30 - 18.00
Service: Evening Prayer
19.30 - 22.00
Son et Lumiere


10.30 - 12.00
Celebration Festal Eucharist
13.30 - 15.00
Guided Pilgrimage
15.30 - 16.30
Choral Evensong


Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival
Arrival of Yorkshire Heritage Way

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