Ripon will be the place to be this August as Ripon City Council hosts an amazing event to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Wednesday 1st
Yorkshire's smallest city is set to put on a fantastic day of regional pride which will be part of a very special week, including the traditional St Wilfrid's Procession on Saturday 4th August.
On 1st August there will be a Civic Procession of dignitaries from all corners of Yorkshire. All decked out in their full regalia, this will certainly be a sight to see. The procession will leave the Spa Hotel at around 10.20am, proceed along Westgate, around the Market Place and along Kirkgate to the Cathedral for a special service.
The Market Place itself will be filled with activities including amusements and activities for children; market stalls showcasing Yorkshire businesses, organisations and produce; storytelling and re-enactments. Ripon Photographic Society will be hosting a photography competition.
The evening will see a programme of entertainment on the square with live music including the Ripon City Band. At 9pm there will be a special one-off Hornblowing ceremony around the obelisk and the evening will culminate in a Yorkshire Day themed firework display.
In the early evening, as well as the fun on Ripon's Market Place, Ripon Cathedral will be hosting a 'Picnic int' Park' event in the Dean's Garden (the same site as the Beer Festival). Bring your own refreshments or buy from on-site food vendors and licensed bar and be entertained with live music and children's activities. The Cathedral will also be hosting a series of Family Days throughout the week.
Known as the Garden Racecourse, Ripon is one of the most colourful and attractive courses. Ripon's friendly welcome and homely feel makes a day's racing experience so enjoyable people want to come back time and time again!
The dates for your diary this year are:
Monday 16th July - First Race 2:00pm
Saturday 21st July - First Race 2:20pm
Monday 6th August - First Race 2:15pm
Monday 13th August - First Race 2:00pm
Saturday 18th August - First Race 2:10pm
Monday 27th August - First Race 2:10pm
Tuesday 28th August - First Race 2:00pm
Saturday 29th September - First Race 2:05pm
Full details can be found at www.ripon-races.co.uk