Ripon Cathedral has announced advanced plans for an innovative new festival to be held over the Mayday bank holiday weekend, 2016.
Jazz, talks, guided tours, plays, spirituality, choral music, floral displays, food and drink will be some of the ingredients at Ripon Cathedral Revealed, a major cathedral festival next year which will showcase the wide variety of Cathedral life with a host of different events.
Ripon Cathedral Revealed will run from Thursday 28th of April to Monday 2nd of May 2016 beginning on the Thursday with a preview evening of jazz, wine and canapés and the opportunity for guests to have an advanced view of the ‘stunning’ flower festival which will be on show throughout the weekend.
The Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd John Dobson said, “This new Cathedral Festival will celebrate the place of Ripon Cathedral in the region it serves and we look forward to welcoming families, friends and visitors to enjoy its rich heritage as well as the beautiful surroundings of Ripon itself.
“The whole festival weekend will offer a variety of activities including a food festival on the Friday and Saturday, children’s entertainment, concerts, live music, white rose workshops, behind the scenes with the Choir, Bell Tower Tours, finishing off with our well known Beer Festival in the Cathedral grounds on May day bank holiday Monday.”
A running feature of the weekend will be a food festival with stalls selling a wide variety of hot and cold food, exhibiting and selling everything from ale, pies and pizzas to seafood, sweets and sausages.
Other highlights in the provisional programme include embroidery display and workshops, drama with 'terrible tales' of Ripon, behind the scenes with the choir , a carousel on forecourt, bell tower tours, spirituality and history talks, a charity exhibition and the now traditional Bank Holiday Monday Beer festival on May 2nd.
For more about Ripon Cathedral visit their website at http://riponcathedral.info/revealed/