Welcome to the Eighteenth Ripon International Festival – a celebration of great orchestras, jazz,  flamenco, 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 dates 5th - 21st September & 4th October 2015



To see what took place this year go to WHAT’S ON       Next year’s dates will be posted soon


IMG_0134The comic adventures of a fantastical superhero based on the classic Chinese story Journey to the West brought to exuberant life by exquisitely crafted marionettes, leaping and swinging acrobatically, 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 2 – 3.30 pm


Children show their lanterns created at the workshop.










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.