If you're a fan of all things orange... If you've got children who are just bursting with excitement to carve out a pumpkin head and stick a candle inside... Then you'll want to go pumpkin picking!
There are more farms offering pumpkiny fun every year. Here are a few of those we've heard of:
If you know of any more, with or without hot feet, or if you own a PYO pumpkin patch, let us know.
And may we put out a gentle plea? Please don't junk your pumpkin in the countryside after use. It's really not a good idea, and it looks horrible. Pumpkins are food, and shouldn't be wasted. Here's a link to no fewer than 49 recipes on the BBC's Good Food site, from Pumpkin Hummus and Pumpkin Cake to the really traditional Pumpkin Pie. Yum!
Come to The Station this Saturday, 1 October, and discover the producers who are based in The Station. With a cafe, brewery, bakery, ice-cream shop and chocolatier, there's everything needed for a balanced diet. Oh, and then there are the visiting displays: local cheeses, exotic jams, honey, cold-pressed rapeseed oils - and a barkery.
Yes, that's not a typo. Mr Marley's Barkery specialises in treats for your four-legged pals, who are welcome on The Station's platforms.
The food fair runs 10:00 - 16:00; more details are here.
(Will there be pies? Oh, we hope so.)
If you're a classical music enthusiast, and in Richmond this weekend, you're in luck! Famous international opera singer Julia Doyle appears at St Mary's Church at 7:30 on Saturday 1 October, accompanied by the Herschel Players, under top viol player (and local resident) Susanna Pell.
The programme, which they will have performed the previous day in York, will consist of sumptuous masterpieces from the French Baroque period, including works by Couperin, Rameau and Marin Marais.
Adult tickets are £20, with concessions available. They will be sold at the door or, if you want to be certain of a place, you can book online at the National Centre for Early Music website.
Photo: The Herschel Players
Richmond Town Council is closing the Market Hall for the day of the royal funeral on Monday 19 September, and Richmond Information Centre will not be open.
Our website will be at your service, though, and our volunteers will be back on the morning of the 20th.
The familiar tones of 'National Treasure' James Naughtie can be enjoyed on 22 September at a Walking and Book Festival event.
Famous as a presenter of Radio 4's Today programme and Bookclub, Naughtie is also a knowledgeable classical music enthusiast and author. Tonight he interviews Oliver Condy, former editor of the BBC Music Magazine about Condy's new book, Symphonies for the Soul. The sub-title, Classical Music to Cure any Ailment, gives a good idea of its subject matter. The talk will be accompanied by examples of Condy's chosen music. Now here's a test: come along, and see if you leave with a spring in your step!
Influence Church, Victoria Road, Richmond; 22 September at 7:30pm. Tickets are £15 at the door.
PS 1: this talk is supported by Richmondshire Concerts, a thriving local concert society which puts on half a dozen top-quality professional concerts in Richmond every year.
PS 2: this week's 'Lucky Dip' is just one of hundreds of events that can be found in What's On Richmond, both online (just click What's On, either here or in our main menu) and in the print edition, which appears every two months and is distributed free to shops and other outlets around Richmond.
The Artisan Market returns to Richmond this Sunday, with dozens of colourful stalls displaying and selling the very best in Yorkshire's home-made crafts and food.
You can easily spend an hour browsing, sniffing and tasting – and maybe picking up some early Christmas gifts. Then enjoy a ramble round Richmond's historic Market Place and town centre and, who knows, Sunday lunch in a café or pub..?
The Artisan Market runs from 10:00 to 15:00 on Sunday 18 September.
The X26 bus serving Darlington, Richmond, Colburn Estate and Catterick Garrison, will run a Sunday timetable only. See Sunday schedule here.
The Wensleydale Flyer 856 serving Northallerton, Leeming Bar, Bedale, Aysgarth and Hawes will also run a Sunday service. See Sunday schedule here.
We understand that no other buses will be running in Richmondshire or Hambleton on Monday 19th - not even that one in the photo.
England's largest festival of history and culture involves thousands of local volunteers and organisations. Every year in September it brings people together to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all completely free.
Here's a list of the venues in our area. It includes a miniature railway, an ancient abbey, a completely over-the-top museum (above), a number of stately homes which aren't usually open to the public, a picturesque folly, gardens, churches, a working Wurlitzer organ, eco-trails, workshops, a jail - and much more. Knowledgeable guides are on hand for many of the venues, to make your visit even more enjoyable. Some of the venues recommend or require advance booking - so move fast, and don't miss out!
Photo (National Trust): The Bowes Museum. Free entry 17 September.
Does your heart beat a little faster when you hear the sound of a mighty traction engine? When you see the sparks, and smell the smoke and the hot oil? If so, you'll love this event, now in its 35th year in beautiful Lower Wensleydale, over the weekend of 10–11 September.
There'll be steam engines, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground rides and working demonstrations - 800 exhibits, with something to thrill visitors of all ages.With trade stalls, a bar, full on-site catering, and caravanning and camping options, it's no wonder the Hunton Steam Gathering is so popular.
Tickets at the gate are £10 for adults, £5 for children (with under-5s free). You can find details here: huntonsteamgathering.com.
Two of our favourite words, and even better when they go together: Cheese Festival. Mmm...
Yes, CheeseFest22 runs from 7 to 10 October at venues in and around the Yorkshire Dales. Apart from being a great opportunity for cheesy puns it's a wonderful chance to discover how many dairy businesses there are in this area, and how delicious their wares are.
There will be cheeses from the Wensleydale Creamery, of course, producer of Wallace and Gromit's favourite snack, and from the Swaledale Cheese Company of Richmond. There'll be tempting produce from tiny cottage industries in Settle, Wensley, and even Marske Beck. And, because no-one can live by cheese alone* there'll be ice-creams, Yorkshire puddings, cider, wine-pairings, and many other good Yorkshire foods available in delis, fine food outlets, pubs and tearooms around the region. Workshops, demonstrations, tastings and exhibitions will ensure that no-one goes away feeling peckish!
The Festival is organised by the Dales National Park, and you can find more details here.
* This is apparently true. Sad, but true.