What’s On: Local Autumn Events 

Thorp Perrow Arboretum  

Fungi Foray  

15 October, 2 November, 10am-2pm 

Popular fungi workshops with mycological maestro, Dr Keith Thomas. The perfect time to visit as the trees take on their autumn colours, the workshop includes a tour around the arboretum introducing the world of fungi and an identification and microscopy session. A delicious light lunch is included. Please wear appropriate footwear and outerwear for the weather conditions. You may also like to bring your own gardening gloves and a bag in which to collect your finds to take home. 

The Famous Thorp Perrow Halloween Trail, until 5 November 

Ghosts and ghouls are lurking in in the Arboretum throughout October as the popular Halloween trail runs until 5 November. Put on your cloak, grab your broomstick and head out in search of spooky creatures, tombs, skeletons and many more Halloween frights. Trail sheets can be pre-booked or purchased on the day for £2.50 which includes a free gift. Standard entry applies, pre-booking is recommended during half term and on weekends. Find out more here.

Forbidden Corner 

Halloween Adventures 

21 October – 5 November 

Ghosts, ghouls, skeletons and all manner of monsters will be taking over The Forbidden Corner between the 21 October and 5 November. Complete the Halloween quiz and find the missing skeleton bones to receive a spooky prize, fancy dress optional. Booking essential, find out more here 

Ripon Cathedral  

Ripon Community Poppy Project – A Concert of Remembrance 

Thursday 9 November, 7pm 

At this time of the year, our thoughts turn once again to the soldiers and civilians who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the many conflicts over the years. The Concert of Remembrance is a tribute to the fallen. Performers will include Ripon City Band, The Dishforth Military Wives Choir and pupils from Brackenfield School. 

The Ripon Community Poppy Project creates a stunning display of knitted and crocheted poppies around the city from the Spa Gardens to the Cathedral, honouring those who have given their lives during times of conflict. 

Food & Gift Fair 

24-25 November, 9.30am to 4.30pm 

Get your Christmas shopping started and enjoy a festive day out in the splendid surroundings of Ripon’s magnificent cathedral. Browse over 100 stalls selling an extensive selection of gifts, food and drink, whilst listening to festive music. Enjoy mulled wine and delicious Christmas delights including hot turkey sandwiches, mince pies and homemade cakes. With activities planned for the children, there’s something to enjoy for the whole family.  

Find out more here.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

Fountains by Floodlight 

Until 4 November 

After an autumn walk around the water gardens or deer park, stay for a while to explore the glowing ruins and shadowed archways as the abbey is bathed in atmospheric light. Join a guided tour to find out more about the rich history of Fountains or listen to a live choral performance between 7-8pm. Tuck into tasty food in Mill Yard whilst enjoying the resonating Gregorian chant from near-by Huby’s tower. Select dates until 5 November, booking essential, click here to find out more. 

Little Bird Artisan Market, Ripon Market Square  

October 22, 10am – 3pm 

Curated by Little Bird, this wonderful market offers a diverse, quality shopping experience that celebrates independent producers and makers. Offering mouth-watering international food and drink and beautifully crafted unique products from ceramic jewellery, children’s gifts and handcrafted woodwork to framed photo prints and skincare products. Little Bird is passionate about showcasing local talent, artisans, and small creative pop-ups whilst building a sense of community and creating a fun space to hang out with family & friends, where you can eat, drink, shop and be merry, find out more here

November 26, 10am – 3pm

The popular artisan market returns to Ripon’s historic market square in late November. Offering mouth-watering international food and drink and beautifully crafted Christmas gifts, there really is something for everyone on your Christmas list. Local producers offer a diverse shopping experience with unique products from ceramic jewellery, children’s gifts and handcrafted woodwork to framed photo prints and skin care products.

Himalayan Gardens & Sculpture Park 

Autumn Harvest Experience 

26 October, 11am – 2pm 

Join us at the end of the season with a special tour around the garden, taking in the fiery autumn colours and finding out what the gardeners will be doing once the garden closes.  Enjoy a special harvest lunch created by our chef using produce grown at the garden. Places are limited, booking essential, click here to find out more. 

What’s On: Local Autumn Events