The Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival took place on Bank Holiday Monday in the grounds of Ripon Cathedral. The weather was kind, and over 1,500 people (and some well-behaved dogs!) enjoyed a lovely day in the grounds of the Cathedral.

This annual fundraiser in aid of Ripon Cathedral raised a record £13,500, which this year will benefit Ripon Cathedral Renewed, a campaign supporting the Dean’s development plans for a 21st Century Yorkshire Cathedral.

The major sponsor of the 2017 event, CNG Ltd of Harrogate and supported by Principal Business Partners, Statstone BMW and Mini.  Many local businesses have also provided generous advertising sponsorship.

Our grateful thanks go to Hambleton Ales, Rudgate Brewery, and Rick Jones of The Water Rat for managing the beers from breweries all over Yorkshire.  3000 pints of Yorkshire real ales were enjoyed and  500 pints of “Old Slippage” a local cider grown and produced at Old Sleningford near Ripon.

To entertain the children there was a bouncy castle, a craft table and a team of face painters led by the Dean’s secretary Judith. Our grateful thanks go to them for painting 100 happy faces. Events like these could not run without an army of volunteers and our thanks go to each and every one for collecting entrance money on the gate, selling tokens, running the bar, serving food, clearing up and a thousand other jobs.

Another group that give their time for free are the musicians. Returning from previous years the mellow “Two Well Worn”, and the fabulous and upbeat “King Courgette”. New for 2017 were the Elders Band, Tom Coxhead Singers, and Leon Marshall.

One happy Festival attender commented, “I live just outside Ripon and for many years I have heard about the Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival, this year was the first time that my family have attended and we will certainly come back again next year with a group of friends from our village. The whole atmosphere of the Festival is fantastic, very family friendly, with great music and great food and drink”.

One Facebook member Jenny Holman commented “The Cathedral Beer Festival is excellent.  I can’t believe that I have never been before.  Amazing music, live bands playing continuously from 11.30 to 5pm.  Good choice of beers, I was on the cider.  Delicious food, burgers sausages and roast pork sandwiches Well done to the organisers, it will be my diary next year.