You'll find mooching around Ripon's shopping streets lined with mediaeval and Georgian buildings a truly pleasurable experience. With a diverse range of stores from independent boutiques to High Street chains offering trendy fashions and traditional gifts, there's something to suit every age and budget.
If you have a nose and a palate for good quality local food, then you're in for a treat. Traditional butchers and bakers are in abundance here, and you'll want to stock up on Thomas the Bakers' award-winning Yorkshire curd tarts and the homemade breads from Davill's Bakery.
If you're out at the theme park, you won't regret stopping in at Lightwater Valley Shopping Village for some thrills of the retail kind. You'll find a wide range of shops to choose from, including quirky gift shops and old fashioned sweet shops where you can introduce the kids to your favourite childhood treats. You can even try your hand at ballroom dancing or flower arranging here - we kid you not!