Hundreds of families flock to the Ripon Cathedral Spring Food Home & Garden Show

April 15, 2022
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April 15, 2022 Michelle

The sun shone on Saturday for the Spring Food, Home & Garden Show at Ripon Cathedral with hundreds of families pouring through the doors to enjoy a great day out.

Visitors came from all over Yorkshire to see the baby animals which were kindly provided by Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm, with Larna the goat proving to be the star of the show, posing for photographs with the Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson.

Brick Box Yorkshire delighted children with the opportunity to build and create models using Brick Box’s enormous quantity of Lego.  Children also enjoyed the ‘Have-a-go putting green’ from EGM Landscapes, at their stand on the cathedral forecourt.

The Ripon Cathedral Chocolate Tombola was a great draw for children and adults alike with the chocolate being generously donated by Hemingways of Ripon.

The plant stall was also a huge draw for gardeners; selling affordable home-grown plants and vegetables it was organised and manned by cathedral volunteers.

Over 80 other independent traders selling gardening goods, tasty food treats, homewares and gifts from all over Yorkshire were exhibiting at the fair.

Ben Ellis, Chocolatier, proved a particular attraction with live Easter Egg personalisation demonstrations from his artisan chocolate stand.

There was a great buzz of activity and excitement throughout the day – the pop-up café served pulled pork sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks, while visitors were treated to live folk music from The Wandering Man, playing his acoustic guitar and harmonica and a piano recital from pianist David Powling.

The event raised more than £10,000 for Ripon Cathedral.  We would like to thank all the hard-working cathedral volunteers who helped to make the event such a great success. We would also like to thank our main sponsor Enterprise Retirement Living and our Principal Business Partners, Raworths of Harrogate and Brewin Dolphin, Leeds, for their generous support.

The Food, Home and Garden Show will take place again on Saturday April 15 2023, please make a note of the date and join us.

We hope you can also join us at another event at Ripon Cathedral soon. The annual Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival takes place on May Day Bank Holiday, Monday May 2.  Tickets are available online now at For more information, please contact Margaret Hammond, Development Manager on


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