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.

Our noble steed “McChadwick”
A lovely little tea room at The Wakeman’s House Cafe
Look who we bumped into outside of the pub!
We finally found the cathedral
The stained glass is beautiful.
Lighting a candle for lost family and friends
Look at that organ!
Inside the 7th Century Crypt
Enjoying a refreshing cup of Yorkshire Tea outside the Cathedral View Cafe

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.


Caroline · October 21, 2021 at 8:22 pm

A lovely and relaxed day. Our little group thoroughly enjoyed the market. Others visited the Cathedral and we all enjoyed the coffee shops, cafes and pubs on offer. Thank you Alison for a super day trip .

Janet · October 22, 2021 at 8:27 am

A grand day out to Ripon kindly arranged by our excellent driver Alison. The weather was exceptional too. Ripon is a thriving market town with lots of independent shops and cafes. Halls of Ripon was interesting with local businesses trading from one shop. Fitting in a tea break and lunch in Oliver’s Pantry and more shop browsing the time passed so quickly didn’t get to visit the cathedral. Thank you Alison for an enjoyable day out.

Lynne · October 22, 2021 at 12:26 pm

A lovely day out to sunny Ripon, very enjoyable company and day, thank you. Had a cuppa in a cafe in the Arcade, the scones were very tempting but we resisted. Walked onto the market to see the various stalls, fish van looked great and the stall with various cheeses. We then went to Halls of Ripon and bought a couple of Christmas gifts from the jewellery stall, all locally made gifts. The store has many sellers inside from vintage clothing and furniture to flowers and a cafe. Well worth a visit. We enjoyed lunch in Oliver’s before returning to brouse the market’s jumper stall. I do like an M&S bargain! Then onto Karma a anall shop towards the cathedral where we looked at stones for insomnia. Amethyst, rose quartz and hematite apparently help you sleep. Need to order a bucket full !
Then onto Webb&Webb near the cathedral, small independent shop with various goodies on offer. Took a shortcut to Sainsburys then back to the bus. A great day out thank you.

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