Ripon Theatre Festival 2022

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What a joy it was to bring Ripon to life with a long weekend of events and activities, with an ambitious programme of drama, puppetry, street theatre, dance, storytelling and more!

We were delighted that hundreds of people enjoyed the free shows on Festival Saturday and the shows at The Arts Hub, Ripon Library, Ripon Bowling Club, Ripon Workhouse Museum and Fountains Abbey.

Thank you so much to everyone for supporting our first festival, and to the sponsors and army of volunteers who made the festival possible.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023!


Dates announced for 2023

Dates announced for 2023

Save the dates for next year’s festival: 8-11 June 2023 There’s lots to do, but we are confident that we have the support of venues, partners and volunteers to make …

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St. Wilfred Star for Festival Team

St. Wilfred Star for Festival Team

We are award winners! Back in September we attended a special evening in Ripon Cathedral celebrating community organisations and events. St Wilfred’s Stars were awarded to some wonderful people and …

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Activities for Families

Activities for Families

It’s not just about sitting (or standing) still and watching the action. There’s plenty for itchy-britches and crafty kids too. Thursday afternoon sees Storycraft at Ripon Library with their fabulous …

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About Us

Ripon Theatre Festival is managed by Ripon City Festival Trust 1986 (Registered Charity: Number 514981) with support from Ripon Together.

The Ripon City Festival Trust has a long track record of co-ordinating community events which benefit the people of Ripon, including Ripon By the Sea and the annual Pancake Races.

Ripon Theatre Festival is being run by a small group of volunteers as a sub-committee of the Trust.

Get Involved

The festival welcomes professional performers onto our city streets and venues, but it’s the people of Ripon who will really make the festival fly!

We rely on volunteers for:

  • Event Stewards
  • Publicity team members
  • Walkabout Marshalls
  • Venue & Refreshments staff
  • Performers for our Musical Fringe
  • Performers for our Community Cabaret

Whether you want to check tickets, look after our visiting performers or sing your heart out on a street corner, please do get in touch.

Support Us

The festival costs over £20,000 to stage. We are very grateful to all those who have supported us in our journey so far, but of course we constantly need to find new sources of funding.  As a registered charity, all the funding we raise goes directly towards making the festival happen.

Ways you might like to help us:

  • Follow us on social media
  • Like and share our posts
  • Buy lots of tickets
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer your time
  • Encourage your company to sponsor us

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