Programme at a glance 2017

E11: Jo Baker - author of 'Longbourn' and 'A Country Road'

28 September 2017

Sixth Form Centre, Richmond School, DL10 7BQ * 7.30pm * Tickets £8 * Book stall * Fair Trade bar * Disabled access

 

Author of the bestselling Longbourn, Jo Baker's behind-the-scenes story set in the Bennett household as Pride & Prejudice unfolds is due to be made into a film. In contrast, her latest book A Country Road – A Tree is set in Paris 1939 as Nazi soldiers march along the Champs Élysées where a young writer, recently moved from Ireland to make his mark, smokes one last cigarette with his lover before joining the Resistance. A story of life at the edges of human experience, it describes how one man came to translate it all into art.


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North Country Theatre: 'Nightmares in Norfolk'

28 September 2017

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond DL10 4DW * 7.30pm * Tickets from the Georgian Theatre Box Office: 01748 825 252 * Disabled access

 

See Wednesday 27th September for more details.

 


W19: Swaledale Challenge Day 6 (new)

29 September 2017

Start from Lidl car park at 9.00am. 12 miles. Moderate / Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)

The final stage of our 6-day challenge walk consists of a circular route starting and ending at Richmond. The walk follows Wainwright's Coast to Coast route as far as Marske. We then cross to Downholme village and return to Richmond enjoying outstanding views of Lower Swaledale and the Hambleton Hills. A fine circuit with a variety of woodland, field and moorland paths providing a fitting conclusion to our 66-mile journey through glorious Swaledale. 

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W20: SOLD OUT: Leyburn Shawl & Wensley

29 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. Start Leyburn (Grove Square car park) at 9.45am. 7 miles. Moderate. £7.

Walking west we retrace the escape path of Mary, Queen of Scots, enjoying magnificent views of Lower Wensleydale with its rich patchwork of woodland, villages, parkland and high moors. We return through the pretty village of Wensley, once the capital of the lower dale. 

 

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W21: Foxglove Covert Nature Walk

29 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start at Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve field centre, Catterick Garrison at 10.00am. 3 miles. Easy. £7. * Please note, that photo identification is required to gain access to the nature reserve. 

Come and join one of the Reserve Managers to explore the 100-acre Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve located at Catterick Garrison. There are many different habitats which are home to over 2300 species of flowers, fungi, birds and insects. Worth bringing your binoculars if you have some.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

29 September 2017

Castle Hill Bookshop DL10 4QP, 1030am-12.30pm * Free, donations welcome

 

Come and enjoy coffee and cakes to support a very worthwhile cause. Why not browse our bookshop while you are here? We donate 10% of the shop's takings this Friday to Macmillan Cancer Support.

 


T8: Exploring Richmond

29 September 2017

Meet outside the Town Hall at 12.00 noon. Free, but please book a place.  Donations to the Richmond Mayor’s Charities most welcome.

Your costumed guide, a Richmond policeman of 1842, takes you for a walk back in time. Lasts just over an hour.

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E12: MORE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: Lonely Planet's Yorkshire Author, Neil Wilson - 'It's Filthy Work But Someone Has To Do It'

29 September 2017

Richmond Town Hall DL10 4QL * 7.30pm * Tickets £6 * Travel & Yorkshire Book stall * Fair Trade refreshments * Disabled access

 

Neil Wilson has been writing travel guidebooks for almost 30 years, mostly for publisher Lonely Planet. It's a job that has taken him to many corners of the world and has provided the opportunity to indulge in some of his favourite pastimes – including walking – while pretending that it was 'work'. Here he talks about the life of a guidebook writer and revisits some of the more memorable walks that his travels have taken him to.


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W22: SOLD OUT: Aysgarth Falls and Penhill Beacon (new)

30 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start at Aysgarth YDNP car park at 9.45am. 12miles. Moderate / Hard. £7.

This fabulous walk is one that strong walkers will not want to miss. After viewing the Upper Falls, where a memorable scene from 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' was filmed, we make our way alongside the River Ure through classic glacial landscapes to West Witton, passing a number of impressive waterfalls along the way. A long and steady climb takes us up to the highpoint of the day, Penhill Beacon with its impressive views across and down the length of Wensleydale. After dropping down to the classic Yorkshire Dales village of West Burton, stopping to view Cauldron Falls as we enter the village, we finish our walk by following field paths back to Aysgarth. A great day out.


 

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W23: To Blakethwaite and Barf End

30 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.15am. start Gunnerside Bridge 10.00am. 8 miles. Moderate. £7.

A welcome return for this popular walk. We visit a landscape of scars and hushes formed by years of lead mining, enjoying varied and spectacular views as we rise from Gunnerside Village and up the gill as far as Blakethwaite Dam. We make our return across Merrifield and Barf End, before dropping down steeply to our starting point.  

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W24: A Reeth Ramble

30 September 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.30am. Start Reeth village green at 10.00am. 6 miles. Easy / Moderate. £7.

Taking a high route west from Reeth, we are treated to excellent views of mid-Swaledale before descending to Healaugh and the the riverside. Downstream, we enjoy a look at the 'Cathedral of the Dale' before returning to Reeth. 

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T9: Richmond’s Best Buildings

30 September 2017

Meet at Castle Hill Bookshop at 2.30pm. Free, but please book a place.  Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

Richmond has a wealth of good buildings, often hiding interesting stories. On this walk local historian and author Mark Whyman, talks about some of them.

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E13: Joanne Harris - author of 'Pocket Full Of Crows' (publ Oct 2017), Chocolat & Different Class

30 September 2017

Richmond School Main Hall, DL10 7BQ * 7.30pm * Tickets £8 * Book stall * Fair Trade bar * Disabled access

 

Written in three frenzied weeks following a visit to Skye, A Pocketful of Crows is a short novel, loosely inspired by the Child Ballad, no 295, The Brown Girl. A dark and magical story of love, jealousy and revenge, a nameless Faërie girl defies her people and follows her heart after falling in love with a human...

 

Born to a French mother and English father, Joanne Harris studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and taught for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.


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W25: SOLD OUT: Sunday Lunch Walk (new)

01 October 2017

Leave Lidl car park at 9.00am. Start White Swan Gilling West 9.15am. 8 miles. Easy / Moderate. £7.

Our now traditional end-of-Festival Sunday Lunch Walk will again be centred around The White Swan at Gilling West but will this time take a new figure-of-eight route via Skeeby to return us to our starting point. We start with a very pleasant stroll alongside Skeeby Beck. If we are lucky we may see a kingfisher. Through the little village of Skeeby, we take field paths and vehicle tracks with excellent long-distance views on both sides to Brompton Bridge. Crossing the beck, we head back to Skeeby then to Gilling by a different route in time for lunch at The White Swan. The walk is on generally easy gradients, but may be muddy in places and there are a few stiles. 

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T10: Exploring Richmond

01 October 2017

Meet outside the Town Hall at 12.00 noon. Free, but  please book a place.  Donations to the Richmond Mayor’s Charities most welcome.

Your costumed guide, a Richmond policeman of 1842, takes you for a walk back in time. Lasts just over an hour.

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Locomotive Rhythm - Graeme Robinson

01 October 2017

Richmond Station DL10 4LD * 2pm: walk to Easby * free, although a donation to The Station would be appreciated * no booking required

 

'Locomotive Rhythm' is a new piece of music celebrating the local railway heritage of the north east of England and the world-changing developments leading to the birth of the modern railway system, heralded by the opening of The Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. The work features new and unique instrumentation, in the form of replica locomotive wheels, cast in a local foundry using recycled bronze and aluminium, to produce resonant percussion effects inspired by walks along disused railway track beds, wagon ways and station platforms. A walk along the railway line to Easby starts at 2pm and is followed by a percussion performance by Graeme on the return of the walkers.

 


E14: Former MP, Clare Short and her 'Desert Island Books'

01 October 2017

Richmond School Main Hall, DL10 7BQ * 7.30pm * Tickets £8 * Book stall * Fair Trade bar * Disabled access

 

Former Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood and Secretary of State for International Development between 1997-2003, Clare Short will be in conversation with Judy Moorhouse, former President of the NUT, about the books that have spoken to her concerns and influenced her thinking.


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