Ripon of Today
The small Cathedral city of Ripon is filled with modern shops, cafés and
restaurants, whilst keeping its
original beauty that makes Ripon such a popular place.
Every Thursday, Ripon holds a market on the market square, a tradition that has been carried out for years.
Today's popular market offers fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, fresh fish, clothes, jewellery, and much more.
Other markets are also held here several times a year, including farmers markets, craft fairs and also a
French market, where traders come
over from France to sell their local cheeses, wines, jams, textiles and more.
St Wilfrid's Day and the Ripon Fair
Ripon market square also plays host to a fair twice a year.
The first is Spring Bank Holiday, where the kids can enjoy a weekend of waltzers, dodgems, arcade games, hook a duck and then some.
The second is for St Wilfrid's Day. Ripon hold a procession to commemorate St Wilfrid who was bishop of Ripon in the 7th Century, and is held
on the Saturday before the first Monday in August.
A parade of themed floats, Morris Dancers, a brass band, the Mayor and Mayoress of Ripon, and of course, St Wilfrid, travel around Ripon, waving
to the hundreds of onlookers that flock into Ripon to see this marvellous day.
Ripon has its own Race Course, and from April to the end of August, has hosted some of the most enjoyable horse racing in the country.
With over £850,000 in prize money, Ripon Races is a very popular event.
Every November, Ripon has a spectacular firework display for Bonfire Night.
The Ripon Bonfire is a place where spectators can enjoy music, drinks, snacks and a fantastic
Cafés, Shops and Restaurants
Ripon of today is filled with great shops and restaurants. Not to mention its many pubs.
Whether it's fashion, gifts, stationery or groceries that you're after, Ripon has a range of shops for you to choose from. Please visit
our shopping page for a directory of shops in Ripon.
If it's somewhere to eat and drink that takes your fancy, Ripon is also packed with contemporary cafés, great
restaurants and real British pubs.
No matter what your reason for visiting, your bound to find it in Ripon.