Brilliant - only a short 20 mins or so but well worth witnessing an incredibly old tradition - full marks to the horn blowers.
each night at 9pm the hornblower walks around the four corners of the square and blows his horn. He is very knowledgable and will take the time after to explain why he does this and also to interact with the tourists asking where they are from and what brought them to Ripon. On my last visit I got a wooden... More
The Ripon Hornblower is a tradition that has been going on for about 1100 years, I believe. That in itself amazes me! I may have that wrong, but I do know that there has been someone in the position of alerting the town of the nightly status for a very long time. While the person doing the job changes over... More
the Ripon Hornblower is a fun attraction to watch, especially if you realise that the Hornblower has been doing this job for centuries. He blows his horn on four corners of a monument and then takes the time to tell you why he does it and tells you about the horn. It is always at nine PM and there are... More
It's a fun experience, he's full of jokes, he knows the history and will give you a wooden lucky coin.
Every night at 9 in the town square the Ripon Wakeman sounds his horn, an ancient tradition that feels very 'English' well worth experiencing and you might also be lucky to receive a lucky wooden penny. A simple, interactive event that has a certain charm and a good way to round off an evening in Ripon.
The Ripon night watchman blowing his shofar is an ongoing show for an average audience of 20-30 each and every night at 9PM sharp, a tradition that has been going on for over 1120 years without missing a night! The current watchman, a tall stately gentleman in his mid-70s, has been at it for 10 years and is funny and... More
This well worth going to see, we saw the deputy Horn Blower. We had an amusing history lesson and found the Wakeman to be very interesting, it was much better than we expected. Thank you.
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