On Thursday 21st October, our trusted steed “McChadwick” took seven people for a day out in Ripon to enjoy the very best of Ripon Market and surrounding shops and coffee shops.
The group left Grangefield promptly at 10am and, after a steady drive along the A19 and A168, found ourselves parked safely in the St Marygate car park a little before 11am. After a brief chat to make arrangements for the return trip, we divided into 3 groups and went off on our own adventures. What follows is a brief description of the trip out from my own perspective…
We (myself and Caroline) wandered from the car park through the Arcade to find ourselves right in the market place. Having never visited the market before, I was a little disappointed by the size of the market itself however, surrounding the market were more cafes, shops and pubs than you could visit in a single visit. We had a slow stroll around the market stalls before deciding it was time for a nice cup of proper Yorkshire Tea!
After a quick look around the cafe’s surrounding the market square, we decided to try The Wakeman’s House Cafe, a traditional tearoom which offers a range of homemade sweet treats, light lunches and Afternoon Tea. The cafe was busy and we weren’t sure we would be able to be seated but to our luck we were offered a corner table. The staff were so friendly and prompt. The service was impeccable and the food (sausage sandwich and Bakewell tart) was delicious and very much filled a gap! The owner, even though they were busy, politely showed me around the Tea Room spaces available for group events and confirmed that they can cater for different food intolerances so I am hoping to arrange a visit there in the new year with the group specifically to enjoy the delights of the cafe… Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates!
After lunch, we had a stroll around more shops and then found ourselves looking for the Cathedral – a rather large building that surprisingly we couldn’t see anywhere until we were heading right towards it! What can be said about Ripon Cathedral? It originates from a church founded by St. Wilfred in the year 672, over 1300 years ago and you can visit the crypt dating from that period when you venture inside, and has had many updates and additions across multiple architectural styles. Ripon Minster became a Cathedral in 1836.
While exploring the Cathedral, we were able to listen to the Interim Director of Music and world class organist Peter Wright’s organ recital as part of their Thursday Lunchtime Concerts. The organ sounded amazing and the sound was particularly amplified while exploring The Quire. We also took the opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of those who we have lost over the last 2 years and took a moment.
At the end of the lunchtime concert, we were feeling parched so we headed across the street to Cathedral View Cafe for a tea break before we headed back to the minibus via the shops ready to meet everyone and head safely home.
I would like to thank everyone who was able to make it to the trip out today. I hope you enjoyed your day out and thank you for your suggestions for our next Happy Wanderers adventure. We are planning two trips out in November and will share details on social media as soon as plans are finalised.