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GEORGEFEST17 12 - 26 August

The Richmond Georgian Festival

Bringing Georgian times to life with an exciting programme of festival events.

Richmond Georgian Festival - GeorgeFest17

GeorgeFest is back this summer with a two-week festival celebrating Richmond’s rich Georgian heritage.

Taking place between Saturday 12 August and Saturday 26 August, GeorgeFest17 will have something for everyone with a wide range of themed events and activities.

As well as a fun programme of fabulous guided walks and fascinating talks, there will be events that allow you to see inside some of the town’s hidden Georgian treasures, including the interior of Culloden Tower and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the town’s church bells. And did you know that the Georgians loved gin? To celebrate this, there will be a special tasting evening with 18th century style refreshments!

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    Culloden Tower Open Day, Saturday 12 & 13 August 10am to 4pm
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    Saturday 26 August, St Mary's Church - Bell-ringing Workshops at 11.30am to 2pm & Church Tower Tours at 2pm to 4pm
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    An Evening of Georgian Theatre Ballads, Saturday 26 August at 7.30pm - The Georgian Theatre Royal
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    Bad Girls and Bonnets – The History Wardrobe Jane Austen’s guide to being brazen! Saturday 19 August at 7.30pm
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    Tour of the Castle - Friday 18 August at 11am at Richmond Castle
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    Tours of The Georgian Theatre Royal - Throughout the festival - See events page for details
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    Johnson, Garrick, and the Fight for Shakespeare - Friday 18 August at 7.30pm at The Georgian Theatre Royal
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    The Fortress on the Danube By Guilbert de Pixerécourt - Friday 25 August at 7.30pm. Community performance at The Georgian Theatre Royal
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    Ghost Walks - Sat 12, Thurs 17 & Thurs 24 at 2pm - Meet at the entrance to Friary Gardens opposite the Theatre. Find out about Richmond’s Georgian ghosts!
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    Georgian Life in a Yorkshire Country House (Kiplin Hall) - Thursday 17 August at 7.30pm at the Town Hall
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    The Pursuit of Pleasure - Thursday 24 August at 7pm at the Green Howards Museum
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    Assorted Guided Town Walks - Throughout the festival - See events page for details
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    Tours of The Georgian Theatre Royal - Throughout the festival - See events page for details
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    Open Garden – Mr Yorke’s Walled Garden - Sunday13 August – 1pm to 5.30pm - A charming one-acre 18th century walled garden

Click for the GEORGEFEST17 events

Click for more information about the celebrations. Many of them are free!

RICHMOND - A Gem of Georgian Town

Richmond was founded around 1071 but people have lived in the area since the earliest times. This is a town that oozes history but for many its heyday was the Georgian era, spanning the years 1714 to 1837.

During this period, Richmond flourished – thanks to the prosperity brought by trade in corn, wool, knitting and lead. It became an important regional hub for social activities, bringing with it wealth and status. Fine buildings sprang up and the town gained a reputation for beauty and elegance with a ‘season’ that became very popular with polite society.  

Georgian architecture is still dominant in the town today. The imposing King’s Head Hotel opened in 1725 becoming Richmond’s largest hotel. The Town Hall was built in 1756 to provide a facility for balls and other assemblies; a huge grandstand – now in ruins – was positioned on the new racecourse; and in 1788 Samuel Butler built his now famous theatre.

Other key Richmond landmarks also stem from this period. The impressive folly Culloden Tower was built to commemorate the 1746 Hanoverian victory at Culloden and the Medieval market cross was replaced by an obelisk. Scenic walks, such as Castle Walk - the promenade under the castle wall - were also created.

Large numbers of private houses were either rebuilt or ‘Georgianised’ during this time and can still be seen in the centre of town, particularly around the Market Place, Newbiggin, Bargate, Frenchgate and Maison Dieu.

Travelling to Richmond

  • By Road: 4 miles from A1 and A66 at Scotch Corner
  • By Rail: Nearest stations are at Darlington (12 miles away) and Northallerton (16 miles away)
  • By Bus: Frequent bus service from Darlington

Some free parking is available in and around the Market Place using a disc system. Collect a disc from a local shop, set your time of arrival and display in your windscreen. This gives two hours free parking and is unlimited after 6pm and on Sundays. There are also short and long-stay pay and display car parks in the town. Map of event locations & parking



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Welcome to RichmondGeorgeFest17 has been organised by Welcome to Richmond, a group dedicated to promoting tourism and the visitor experience within the town.

Staff and volunteers at Richmond’s attractions and the Tourist Information Centre (located in the Library on Queen’s Road) are happy to share their knowledge of the town and advise on festival events.

Richmond Town CouncilBooking and ticket details are given in the individual event listings.

Welcome to Richmond would like to acknowledge Richmond Town Council for its generous sponsorship of the festival and also thank the many people who are participating in and organizing events.