Hundreds enjoy a taste of spring at Ripon Cathedral

Hundreds of people poured through the doors  of Ripon Cathedral on Saturday (April 14) for the Spring Food, Home & Garden Show.

More than 70 stalls filled the nave of the 12th century building, with a wide variety of gardening goods, locally produced food, craft stalls and homewares with many local businesses represented.

The Spring Fair raised £9,500 for Ripon Cathedral Renewed, supporting the Cathedral development plans.

Greeting visitors on the West Front of the Cathedral  was a menagerie of animals from the  Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm, including lambs, chicks, rabbits, a goat, an alpaca and a baby calf.


Children’s craft activities included candle making, and bee keeping craft activities.

It was standing room only for cooking demonstrations by Executive Chef at The Old Deanery Hotel Lee Rushforth (pictured) and Sue Nelson, founder of Yorkshire Food Finder. Gardening expert Doug Stewart demonstrated growing herbs and offered gardening advice throughout the day.

Pictured below with Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd  John Dobson and Show organiser, Margaret Hammond , Campaign Manager of Ripon Cathedral Development Campaign, is ‘Spooky’ the Eagle Owl and handler Callum Bowness from Thorpe Perrow.



Margaret Hammond thanked everyone who took part in the day. “There was a great buzz of activity and excitement throughout the day.

“We would like to thank all of our hard-working volunteers who helped to make the event a great success. “

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