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The Ripon Hornblower

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Address: Market Square, Ripon, England

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The Ripon Raver

What a beautiful story teller this gentleman is. He blows his horn at 9pm every night of the year(so he tells us) He talks about the history of Ripon and the tradition of blowing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful story teller this gentleman is. He blows his horn at 9pm every night of the year(so he tells us) He talks about the history of Ripon and the tradition of blowing his horn in an amusing and informative way. Lovely, unusual experience.

2 Thank davidwilliambarnes
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A must see if you go to Ripon, an integral part of history. The Hornblower will blow the horn at the 4 corners of a statue and then proceed to tell you the reason and history behind the tradition. He even does a selfie with the group that shows up to see him and the posts it to the Facebook... More 

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Broughton Astley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

a cold frosty evening but well worth waitng for. a crowd of perhaps 15 -20 people had gathered round the town hall and were rewarded by a really informative and amusing talk, only lasted about 10 minutes but really great.

1 Thank John C
Braunschweig, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

After sounding his horn, the Hornblower will give a warm welcome to all attendants, and a brief history of the tradition he represents along with an entertaining summary of Ripon's history.

Thank floatercoffee
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259 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We did not know about the horn blower until we went in to the pub with the same name, he can certainly handle his horn and he plays it very well, great tradition.

Thank YorkshireShacko
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We have been to Ripon and seen this on our last visit but would not have missed it again this time. The gentleman this time was older but the way he told the story was lovely. He told it with humour and you wouldn't think he had been doing it over and over again as he was great to listen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We were told about the Hornblower by our hotel and so decided to go and see him at 21:00. The short ceremony has been performed every night since the middle ages. Although a very short event the Hornblower himself gave an interesting and amusing talk at the end. It is good to support true local history events like these so... More 

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Worksop, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a must see ritual that is performed, and has been performed, over the last 1000 years. As well as the ritual there is a talk about it given by the hornblowers themselves. If interested you can see videos of them on YouTube BUT nothing beats seeing it done live.

Thank Pincham
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Well worth stepping out at 9pm to see the Hornblower. A friendly, funny hornblower provided an interesting summary of the history of The Hornblower.

Thank McLowe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Wonderful - the wakeman was very friendly and informative after performing his duty. We slept well knowing we were safe!

Thank Helen M

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