Peaceful pastimes

On a lovely sunny day there's nothing quite like taking a relaxing scenic stroll by the canal. Ripon Canal is one of the most northerly canals in England and has a fabulous circular walking route starting at Ripon Racecourse Marina. Why not stop for a bite at a waterside pub and watch the wildlife and colourful narrowboats go by, or enjoy the sights on a river cruise.

Coasters and carousels

For an action packed family day out, it's got to be Lightwater Valley Theme Park. There are over 40 exciting attractions for thrill-seekers of all ages, with rides for Jaw Droppers, Whipper Snappers and Nippers alike. Get ready to buckle up tight and adventure from the depths of the subterranean world of Raptor Attack to the thrilling heights of Whirlwind.

A day at the races

Giddy up, it's time for a day at the races. For more than 300 years, Ripon has hosted some of the most prestigious horseracing in the country at the Garden Racecourse - it's got everything you need for a fun family afternoon. Little ones will love watching the horses in the parade ring and you'll love picking your favourites to cheer on round the track.

Free entry and a great day out, whatever the weather

Ripon Cathedral offers a great day out for all the family in a place of faith, fascination and huge history. Use our free trails to discover carvings said to have inspired Lewis Carroll, the oldest cathedral crypt in the country and a story spanning 1350 years. Alongside daily services, we offer free lunchtime concerts, a range of festivals, fairs and exhibitions throughout the year. Entry is free.