Sights, Sounds and Stories of Ripon 16th March 2019

16 March 2019

Save the date so you don’t miss this free family-friendly day full of activities for all ages.

This is the 8th year of Sights, Sounds and Stories of Ripon which involves partners from the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector and aims to give Ripon residents a chance to connect with their city, and to enjoy all the sights and sounds Ripon offers in a fun and free and fabulous day.

The event is growing year by year and is now a popular event in everyone’s calendar.  More local groups are getting involved and they all work hard to put on an exciting programme of events and activities. Bells will ring to open the event at 11am. Follow the trail around the venues and meet a wide range of local groups and charities including: Ripon YMCA; Dementia Forward; Ex-forces project; North Yorkshire Police; Ripon Fire & Rescue Service; Age UK; Harrogate and Ripon CVS; North Yorkshire Youth; THE LOCAL LOTTO for the Harrogate District.

Venues and events this year are:

Ripon Workhouse Museum & Garden open 11am - 4pm. FREE entry all day with proof of Ripon address.  The Mayor of Ripon will open Sights, Sounds & Stories at 11am accompanied by the Ripon Hornblower and Ripon Trinity Singers. Pop-up cafe 1pm -3pm. Morris Dancers  and Betty Lupton's Ladle Laikers 12pm.   Stalls to include  Harrogate Borough Council . Victorian activities to include Outreach sessions, Squigglers Art Club; North Yorkshire Horizons Sports ; North Yorkshire Horizons drug and alcohol recovery service. Harrogate Borough Council and tenants will be running a stall with quizzes and free prize draws plus a chance to chat and find out more about various tenant panels.  Community First Yorkshire will have a range of activities available to demonstrate the important work they do in supporting the community in Ripon and surrounding areas, Face painting 2-4pm. Living history and art activities.

Ripon Prison & Police Museum open 11am-4pm. FREE entry with proof of Ripon address.  Ex-Forces Support project which provides support to former members of HM Armed Forces aged 65 and over, finger printing, tactile exhibition, Secrets in the Cellar exhibition.

Ripon Courthouse Museum open 11am-4pm. FREE entry with proof of Ripon address.  Stolen Things exhibition. Meet the artist of Stolen Things. 1.30pm and 3pm.

Ripon Library a range of activities with Ripon Library and North Yorkshire Youth.  At the library, try the 'Oculus Virtual Reality' headsets available so you can create a 3D painting, visit locations from around the world, see what Ripon is like in virtual reality - the possibilities are endless!  At 11.15 there will be storytime for younger children and activities throughout the morning.

Ripon Town Hall and Market Square -  Silver Talk at the Mayor's Parlour, Town Hall 11.30am and 1pm. Fire Service, The Police, The Yorkshire Air Ambulance and OS Medical in the Market Square . Ghost Tour 2.30pm join on a ghost tour and discover Ripon's grizzly secrets.

Ripon Cathedral the bells will ring out, choirs will sing, and as well displays by many local community and voluntary organisations, and a scrumptious cafe, (11am-2pm) run by the Walled Garden .

A detailed plan and timetable will be issued soon, so, save the date, keep an eye on social media #sightsandsounds and #Ripon so you can plan your day and enjoy all the fun and celebration that is Ripon.