Events in Ripon
St Wilfrid’s Procession
Jul 29 - 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm| Free
Gather all of your friends & family & head the Ripon Market Square from 1:45pm on Saturday 29th July 2023 to witness the triumphant return of the procession to the ancient streets of Ripon.
The origins of the procession date back to 1108 when King Henry 1st granted a royal charter to the City Of Ripon to hold an annual fair.
It is however a contested and debated topic with historians unable to decide whether it was to mark the birthday of St Wilfrid or to celebrate his return from unjust exile in around 705AD.
Whichever reason the charter was granted, the past few years have seen the procession go from strength to strength, survive a global pandemic that has seen it cancelled in the traditional sense twice & attracted attention from all over the world with entrants travelling from as far as Australia & the United States of America to take part.