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!
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
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
GeorgeFest17 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.
Booking 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.