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.
Walking Festival starts soon
The Richmond Walking and Boots Festival runs from 16 to 25 September. Half the walks have sold out, and many others are running low. There are still some good ones left, though, mainly at the ‘Hard’ end of the scale.
The info below was correct at time of posting. Click any walk for details and a booking link.
This Civic Society illustrated talk is our next random event pulled from the treasure chest which is What's On Richmond.
You may have seen the excellent BBC series with Suranne Jones as Anne Lister (photo). You may already know of Lister's lesbian 'marriage' at Holy Trinity Church in York. But there's much more to her than the scandals. Her diaries, largely in code which wasn't decrypted until long after her death, are full of fascinating period details, including her development of historic Shibden Hall, and her interests in landscaping, mining, railways, and canals in the West Riding.
David Glover's talk is in Richmond School, at 19:30 on Wednesday 7 September. Tickets, on the door, are £5, and you can find more details at the Richmond Civic Society website.
This week's lucky dip into What's On Richmond has pulled out a beaut: Twelfth Night, performed in the beautiful parkland of Kiplin Hall, as you've never seen it before.
The organisers promise "a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production". They also promise "drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty", so whether you take advantage of the offer of free tickets for under-10s is up to you! The performance runs from 7 to 9 pm on Friday 26 August.
This is an outdoor production, so bring a chair or blanket to sit on, a picnic to dig into, and dress for the weather!
Details and tickets are at kiplinhall.co.uk.
Artisan Market - Sunday 21 August
The Artisan Market returns to Richmond's Market Place this Sunday. You'll find food, drink, crafts and gifts of all kinds among the dozens of colourful stalls. No mass-produced goods whatsoever; everything is small-scale and locally crafted.
Once you've spend a happy hour browsing and tasting your way round the market, come and visit Richmond Information Centre in the Victorian Market Hall to explore our wide range of maps and guidebooks or simply to get advice. Suitably equipped, you can head off to enjoy the rest of the town's attractions: castle, waterfall, walks, ancient alleyways and more...
If you're lucky enough to find a parking space in the Market Place itself, you won't need a Parking Disc - parking is free and unlimited. Otherwise, we suggest Nun's Close Pay and Display Car Park, which is a pleasant five-minute walk away. (A flat walk, which is a bit of a rarity in Richmond!)
Enjoy your visit.
Alfred Wainwright's world-famous 190-mile walking route across all the best bits of England has finally been officially recognised as a National Trail.
Thousands of baggy-shorted, knobbly-kneed, sun-burnt (or rain-drenched) walkers every year* make the two-week crossing from the Irish Sea, through the Lake District, down Swaledale, over the Vale of Mowbray and then across the North York Moors to the North Sea. Now the paths they use will be better maintained, better signposted, and - presumably - definitively marked with National Trail status on Ordnance Survey and other maps.
This is great news for anyone planning to do the Coast to Coast; great news too for B&B owners and campsites in Richmondshire, and great news for cafes and pubs in Richmond itself, where walkers traditionally take a mid-walk one-day break.
(* Apologies to any Coast-to-Coasters whose knees aren't knobbly and whose shorts aren't baggy.)
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