If you're in Richmond over this long weekend, Thursday 2 June - Sunday 5 June, you're going to be spoilt for choice!
The very popular Little Bird Artisan Market returns to Richmond's huge, cobbled Market Place on Friday 3 June. You'll find food, drink, crafts and gifts of all kinds among the 50 or so colourful stalls. No mass-produced goods whatsoever; everything is small-scale and locally crafted.
Plan to spend a happy hour browsing and tasting your way round the market before enjoying the rest of the town's attractions: castle, waterfall, walks, ancient alleyways and more... There'll be a Jubilee Walk, Jubilee activities at The Station, and Jubilee fun at Richmondshire Museum (see Richmond What's On for details).
Don't forget to visit Richmond Information Centre in the Victorian Market Hall, where you can explore our wide range of maps and guidebooks or simply get advice.
Parking in or near the Market Place may be difficult, so we suggest Nun's Close Car Park, which is a pleasant five-minute walk away. It's a flat walk, which is a bit of a rarity in Richmond!
Amazingly, the Swaledale Festival is now 50 years old*. Having started as a small-scale classical festival and summer school, it has grown and grown to a full two-week bonanza of folk, jazz, brass, world and classical music, with guided walks and lively talks (the now-famous Reeth Lectures among them). Most events take place in and around Reeth, but there are several in Wensleydale and quite a few in and very near Richmond. Tickets are available for all the Richmond events below:
31 May, The Brodsky Quartet, St. Mary's (celebrated chamber group)
1 June, The Eminent Duo, Easby Church (violin/guitar duo)
1 June, Evelyn Glennie, St Mary's (stellar percussionist)
5 June, Halle Cellos, St Mary's (eight cellos!)
6 June, Aurora Percussion Duo, St Mary's (percussion wizardry)
8 June, Musica Poetica Freiburg, Georgian Theatre Royal (Baroque ensemble)
8 June, Peter Donohoe & Noriko Ogawa, Influence Church (four-hand piano greats)
9 June, Acoustic Triangle & Friends, Influence Church (classically influenced jazz)
For information and online ticket sales, visit swalefest.org.
* and its origins can be traced even further back, to the Richmondshire Festival in 1965.
This Lucky Dip doesn't actually come from What's On Richmond - because it was never submitted! What were they thinking of..? Anyway, it looks so good we think you'll want to know.
Two leading musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia - Mike Gerrard and Iona Brown (photo) - will give a free recital at St Mary's Church at 3pm on Saturday 21 May. Yes, free. But if you want to make a donation to the excellent Henry Dancer Days Children's Cancer Fund, that will be very welcome.
No tickets needed. Cake and coffee available. See you there?
Many people will have fond memories of the BBC4 TV programme which followed this bus as it chuntered gently through the glorious countryside of Swaledale, Wensleydale, Widdale and Chapel-le-Dale, picking up walkers, farmers and market-goers as it went. (Writer's note: my wife was on it once when it stopped for five minutes to allow the passengers to watch a lamb being born in a field beside the road.)
Well, the bus - or buses, because there are two slightly different services, the Northern DalesBus 830 and 831 - is back. Services restart this Sunday, 15 May, and will run every Sunday until 23 October (as well as Bank Holidays in the case of the 831).
Both services run through Richmond, Reeth, Muker, Hawes, Ribblehead and Ingleton, and competition for seats can be stiff - but if you're boarding in Richmond, you start with an advantage!
The full timetable is on our Buses page. Parp, parp!
This week's dip into What's On Richmond has pulled out the Richmond Wander - a fabulous way to learn about the military past of this town, from Norman battlements to prisoners of conscience and modern times, with trains and boats and planes thrown in! Even if you have visited Richmond many times before, you’re sure to learn something new.
The Wander starts from the Green Howards Museum; the walk lasts about an hour, and is led by a knowledgeable guide. It is suitable for all ages but please note, as the Museum's website coyly puts it, that "you can’t go very far in Richmond without encountering a hill..."
The Wander is at 14:00 on Wed, 4 May. Tickets are £3. You can book here, or call 01748 826561.