Our latest dip into the delights of What's On Richmond has pulled out a talk by professional archaeologist Jim Brightman, for the Civic Society, on the early years of Richmond's medieval settlement. In particular, he will report on last year's Community Archaeology Project in Richmond Castle: how it came about; who was involved and, most importantly, what was found and how it has increased our understanding of the castle's early medieval history.
The talk is in the Main Hall of Richmond School, at 19:30 on Wednesday 19 January. Non-members are welcome - tickets are £5.
Richmond Castle is the site for this week's edition of BBC2's archaeology programme, Digging for Britain. The programme will feature the Community Archaeology Project undertaken last year as part of the Richmond 950 celebrations . Watch it this Thursday, January 6th, at 8pm on BBC2.
We've got three give-away copies of this lovely book by local author Sally Coulthard! Answer one simple question, and a hardback copy worth £20 could be winging its way to you!
Here's the entry form: richmondinfo.net/barn
Richmond Town Council's new video was launched last Monday. Produced by local company, Trimble Productions, it showcases independent businesses in the town.
Independents thrive in Richmond, with over 100 retailers, cafes, restaurants and pubs offering a unique blend
of welcoming, personal attention in a historic market town setting. Locally sourced produce, hand-made goods and individual products make shopping in Richmond a little out of the ordinary.
The initiative has been enabled and supported by the Welcome Back Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and Richmondshire District Council. Click to watch and to enjoy the sights of our town!
...and most of the attractions in Richmond are closed, or open only at weekends. But not the Green Howards Museum, which is still open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 16.30, until 18 December. Two fascinating exhibitions will be on view - Treasures in Store and Christmas with the Troops - as well as the Museum's permanent exhibition of matters military.
The Museum Shop will remain open til 23 December.
The Museum itself will re-open on Tuesday 1 February with a brand new exhibition, Man of Mystery: the lives of John Purvis. Teacher, soldier, archivist, artist (see accompanying sketch) and reluctant war poet, this extraordinary Yorkshireman was interested in just about everything.
This week's random choice from What's On Richmond is Richmond's biggest open art exhibition.
A Spot on the Wall is a yearly tradition at The Station. Artists purchase a spot on the wall in which they can hang an artwork, of any type. As soon as it's sold, they can replace it. The result is an ever-changing display of dozens of paintings, photos, weavings, ceramics, whatever, filling every square inch of The Station's walls. The works are by professionals and amateurs alike, at prices ranging from £notverymuch to £phew! If you see something you like, snap it up fast, or it may have gone by tomorrow!
A Spot on the Wall opens 4 December, and runs until 25 January. It's at The Station, and is open 09:00 - 19:00 daily.
Yes, Richmond's popular Christmas Market is coming up soon. Make a note in your calendar now!
On Sunday 5 December, the Market Place and the Town Hall will be packed with festive stalls, selling gifts and delicious foods. Father Christmas will be there (of course he will), and there'll be live entertainment, a Fancy-dress Fun Run, and a huge Christmas Draw.
The Market Place will be completely pedestrianised, but parking elsewhere in the town – including Nun’s Close car park - will be FREE for the duration of the Christmas Market. Additional disabled parking will be in Newbiggin outside the fish and chip shop.
Stay local to enjoy a more relaxing pre-Christmas shopping experience. That's the message from the proudly independent retailers in Richmond, where late night shopping really gets going from 28 November.
Businesses taking part include York House for gifts and furnishings, The Station, Mocha chocolate shop, the Little Dress Shop, Berber Leather, Sip Coffee, King Street Kitchen and Gift, Trinity Fashion, CJ Lightfoot jewellers, Roots and Shoots florists on the trading estate, and Kiss the Moon (photo) at Aske Stables. Other shops and cafes will open late on 3 December, when the Christmas lights are switched on in Friary Gardens.
Most late nights will be Thursdays, but do check here for details.
There are almost 100 retailers in Richmond. Shop local! Save petrol and shoe-leather, and let your local businesses help you find something a bit special!
Last month saw Richmond's first Little Bird Artisan Market - and it was heaving!
This Sunday the Artisan Market is back, with more of a Christmas theme. Over 50 small traders and crafts-people will be there. No need to drive to the Metrocentre, Teesside Park or even Darlo or Northallerton. Just walk into town, or park at Nun's Close, bring a big bag, and fill up with Christmas decorations, bits and pieces for your home, toys, clothes, skin- and body-care, candles and home fragrances, art, photography or crafts. For your inner shopper, there will be food and drink producers offering local cheeses, preserves, cakes, baked goods, oils and alcohol.
What a great way to support local makers, and pick up presents which won't look exactly like every other gift bought at some boring high street franchise.
The Artisan Market will be in Richmond Market Place, Sunday 28 Nov, 10:00 - 15:00. And the organisers are planning to make the market a regular feature next year: find details, or sign up for updates, at littlebirdmade.com.