Saturday 29th July 2023

Welcome

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. 

With the end of the pandemic hopefully in sight and with it being the Platinum Jubilee year for Queen Elizabeth II, there has never been a better excuse to party. 

This year the procession is back with a BANG! 

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Support The Procession

Help keep an ancient tradition alive for generations to come.

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Countdown To The Procession

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Saturday 29th July 2023

Enter A Float

Decoration Hints & Tips

Volunteering Opportunities

Insurance Advice

Gallery

Image gallery from past Processions.

Location

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Get In Touch

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Once we receive your message, a member of our team will assign the message to the most appropriate committee member for your enquiry and they will get back to you at their earliest convenience.