There are no hibernating bears in Richmond - probably. But quite a few of our local attractions have been enjoying a long winter break - not snoozing, of course, but using the quiet months to spruce themselves up and prepare new sights and new pleasures for visitors.
For a little while, the Green Howards Museum will be the only attraction open in town on weekdays. The Museum's special exhibition is Created in Conflict (to 14 April), which showcases the artistic talents of soldiers who served, and explores the motivation for creative expression during traumatic times. Link here.
Meanwhile, at Kiplin Hall, just a few miles from Richmond, visitors can enjoy the recently re-opened gardens, parkland and lake-side walk. The snowdrops and aconites are looking wonderful, there are new wooden sculptures, and the wild birds are in a frenzy of nest-building activity. No bears, though.
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