Welcome to Ripon International Festival – a world-class celebration of great orchestras, folk, choral and chamber concerts, recitals, literature and puppetry in historic Ripon Cathedral, the Royal Hall Harrogate, Markenfield Hall, ancient churches and village halls in and around the Cathedral City of the Dales.  

Festival 2016 dates 2nd - 17th September



To see what took place last year go to WHAT’S ON   

LAST EVENT 4 October 2015 - PUPPETCRAFT - 



The comic adventures of a fantastical superhero based on the classic Chinese story Journey to the West brought to exuberant life by exquisitely crafted marionettes, antique shadow puppets, a beautiful set, live music and a script by poet and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. A magical theatrical show for everyone aged 4 to 104!

Preceded by Lantern making Workshop


Children display their lanterns after the show.










Special thanks to our Sponsors: Ripon Select Foods – Principal Sponsor, Barclays, Booths, The Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation, The R.E. Chadwick Charitable Trust, The Coulthurst Trust, Harrogate Borough Council, Lithgow Perkins LLP, MKM Building Supplies, The Thackray Quest, Wolseley UK;  and all Donors and Friends for their generous support.