Saturday 29th July 2023


Held on either the last Saturday of July or the first Saturday in August each year, the St Wilfrid's Procession is a unique event that was traditionally held to mark the feast of St Wilfrid. 

The origins of the procession date back to 1108 when King Henry 1st granted a royal charter to the City Of Ripon to hold an annual fair.

It is however a contested and debated topic with historians unable to decide whether it was to mark the birthday of St Wilfrid or to celebrate his return from unjust exile in around 705AD.

Whichever reason the charter was granted, the past few years have seen the procession go from strength to strength, survive a global pandemic that has seen it cancelled in the traditional sense twice & attracted attention from all over the world with entrants travelling from as far as Australia & the United States of America to take part. 

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Saturday 29th July 2023

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