Taking place from Saturday 17 until Monday 26 August, GeorgeFest19 offers a host of themed events and activities to suit all tastes, ranging from fascinating guided walks and talks to illuminating forays into the music and literature of the period.
Many of the events reveal some of the town’s most prominent (and hidden!) Georgian treasures. Culloden Tower, Millgate House and a prestigious Frenchgate town house are host venues for a musical soiree; and there are open days at Culloden Tower and Mr Yorke’s walled garden.
There will also be a gin-accompanied film screening and a fascinating production by the popular History Wardrobe, as well as a peek into the drawing rooms of Jane Austen and her contemporaries.
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.
The events are run by different organisations within the town and booking and ticket details are given in the individual event listings.
Staff and volunteers at Richmond’s heritage attractions (The Castle, The Georgian Theatre Royal, The Green Howards Museum, The Richmondshire Museum and The Station) and the Visitor Information Centre (located in the Library on Queen’s Road) are happy to share their knowledge of the town and advise on festival events.
GeorgeFest19 has been organised by Welcome to Richmond, a group dedicated to promoting tourism and the visitor experience within the town.
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 organising events. Thanks also to Guy Carpenter, Tom Kolour and Andy Russell for use of photographic images.
Travelling to Richmond & Parking
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