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Saturday Street Entertainment

June 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Walkabout acts, crazy characters, circus and clowning bring the streets and open spaces of Ripon to life throughout the day.

Professional acts come together with community performers including Ripon City Morris Dancers, the All for One Choir and Ripon Youth Theatre.

Performances will be staged at Ripon Market Place, Minster Gardens (in front of the Courthouse Museum), in Ripon Arcade and linking streets around the city. Watch out for giant dodos, juggling pirates, pesky dragons and masked old ladies mingling with comic escapologists and a man inside a giant balloon!

All events are free. The running order for the Market Place Zone is:

9.30am-10.30am Gav Cross: Traditional Tales (The Unicorn)
10am-10.30am The Great Mandavi
The Hare and the Moon (Cabman’s Shelter)
10.30am-11am Ripon City Morris Dancers & 400 Roses
10.30am-11.30am Beached (Claro Lounge)
11am-1pm Freddie Cleary (The Arcade)
11am-11.45am The Maniax
11.45am-12.15pm Dizzy O’Dare’s Giant Balloon Show
12.15pm – 12.45pm Ripon Youth Theatre
12.45pm-1.15pm Cabin Fever
1pm-3.30pm Maggie Wakeling (The Arcade)
1.30pm-2pm Alannah Creed (outside Davis & Lund)
1.15pm-1.45pm Ripon City Morris Dancers & 400 Roses
1.45pm-2.30pm The Maniax
2.30pm-3pm Cabin Fever
3pm-3.30pm Alannah Creed (outside Davis & Lund)
3pm-3.30pm The Great Mandavi
3.30pm-4pm All for One Choir

The running order for Minster Gardens is:

11am-11:30am Ripon Drum Circle and Sycamore Drummers
11:30am-12noon The Hare and the Moon
12noon-12:45pm Gav Cross: Twisted Tales for Terrible Children (Courthouse Museum)
1pm-1:30pm The Great Mandavi
1:30pm-2pm Dizzy O’Dare’s Giant Balloon Show
2pm-3pm Ripon City Morris Dancers & 400 Roses


Cabin Fever

Join Captain Bullock and Bosun Bell for maritime mayhem, magic and mirth. Clap along as our seafaring mateys navigate the celestial spheres. The finale features the brave little Dove of Peace & Love being fired out of a Canon!! Come and see if she survives! It’s a nautical extravaganza of eccentric experiments, sensational circus skills, and hilarious feats of derring-do.

12.30pm Market Place

2.30pm Market Place

The Flying Dodos

Despite all the odds, an unknown subspecies of the dodo has been discovered! Much larger than their extinct cousins and able to fly (sort of), Charles and Amelia, two relics of a bygone era, are very excited to be travelling the world to see what they’ve been missing.

10am-4pm Ripon City Centre

The Crimplene Crusaders

These octogenarian upholders of moral values will be out and about with one thing on their minds: to keep standards high. Our twin-set clad campaigners will keep a firm eye out for any slouching, flirting, or hand-holding, making sure that good old-fashioned values are championed.

10am-4pm Ripon City Centre

The Maniax

Twice winners of the prestigious ‘Street Show of The Year’ award this hilarious, spectacular comedy performance has been performed all over the world. Based on an amazing Houdini style escape the show is packed with stunts, illusions and great comic routines.

11am Market Place

2pm Market Place

Never too Old

A long-suffering Grandpa and a stubborn Grandma battle it out for your attention and affections. This Yorkshire couple have certainly been around for decades, but they’re no strangers to the 21st century. They’re feisty, they’re mobile (well, just about…) and they’re connected (they know what social media is… and they’re not afraid to use it!) Living proof that you’re never too old to do anything…

10am-4pm Ripon City Centre

The Great Mandavi

Described as “eccentric”, “hilarious” and “charming”, this act is a firm favourite at festivals across the UK. Too busy performing at Glastonbury to join us 2022, he has cleared his schedules to bring unicycling, juggling and antics to Ripon. Don’t miss him this year!

10am Market Place

1pm Minster Gardens

3pm Market Place

The (Little) Hazelsong Dragons

Cute or scary? You decide. Hazelsong Theatre bring their newest dragon creations to the streets of Ripon. Mobile, curious and persistent, you’d better watch out – they could be anywhere!

10am-4pm Ripon City Centre

The Giant Balloon Show

The Giant Balloon Show will have the audience in stitches and in awe simultaneously. Expect feverous balloon sculptures, high energy comic performance and of course the all-important giant balloon! Take everything you know about balloons, add an award-winning entertainer and an 80’s soundtrack, and twist that into a highly entertaining show for the whole family.

11.30am Market Place

1.30pm Minster Gardens

Local Performers

Enjoy some super local performers throughout the day, including:

All For One Choir

Ripon Youth Theatre

Freddie Cleary

Ripon City Morris Dancers

400 Roses

Maggie Wakeling

Alannah Creed




June 10, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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