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.
Four gems from What's On Richmond, on 25 November:
For details of these events and of other dates when they may be available, visit thestation.co.uk, or phone 01748 828263 (Station) or 01748 825967 (Station Cafe-Bar).
Classical music enthusiasts get a real treat on Wednesday 17th, when Richmondshire Concerts stages a recital by two talented pianists on a single instrument.
Alison Gill and Yoshie Kawamura (pictured) are the performers; a Steinway grand is the piano; and the composers are Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Stravinsky.
The performance is at 7:30 pm at the Influence Church, and tickets are £16 at the door. See rsconcerts.org for more information.
Richmond Scrabble Club has resumed its regular Wednesday evening sessions, and welcomes players of all standards - or none!
Whether you're a Richmond resident or just passing through, you're invited to join this friendly group. Just drop in at Richmond Cricket Club at or after 7pm on any Wednesday, and you'll be sure to find a game.
Any questions? Get in touch through richmondscrabble.weebly.com.
The Richmond Christmas Lights will be switched on in the Friary Gardens on December 3rd.
The lights will be turned on in the Friary gardens at 7.00pm in conjunction with the Duck Club
It's a rare treat when the Green Howards Museum welcomes visitors into its stores - and you could be one of those six privileged visitors this Monday, 8 November.
Curator Lynda Powell will explain why some of the military museum's precious objects are kept under wraps, describe the challenges of storage, conservation and display, and lift the lid on rarely seen items from the Museum's treasured collection.
As well as exclusive access to the Museum's stores, at 11:00, the £10 ticket gets you Museum entry (from 10:30), so you can enjoy the Museum's public displays, and the current Special Exhibitions: The Show Must go On! and Treasures in Store . Please wear a face mask during the Stores Tour, which takes about 40 minutes.
More details and ticket booking here. If you miss out this time, the next Stores Tours are 22 November and 6 December.
Fireworks displays are being held in a variety of locations near Richmond this weekend.
Reeth Bonfire and display is held on Reeth green on November 5th. Guy judging begins at 6pm, the bonfire is lit at 6.30 and the firework display starts at 7pm.
The Bedale Bonfire and Fireworks display takes place on November 6th in Bedale Park. Gates open at 5.15, bonfire is lit at 6.15 and the firework display starts at 7pm.
UPDATE 7 NOV: the Bedale Bonfire is now postponed to Monday 8th - too stormy until then. Times as above.