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Richmond 950 Celebrations

Richmond Castle Will Celebrate It's 950th Birthday in 2021

Celebrate Richmond 950 - a Very Big Birthday!

Celebrate Richmond 950 - a Very Big Birthday!

Records show that the building of the famous Norman castle in Richmond, North Yorkshire commenced in 1071. The town grew up around the castle and under its protection.

So, in 2021 castle and town will celebrate their 950th birthdays – indeed a very special year and what a lot of candles! With the support of Richmond Town Council, Richmond Castle and Richmondshire Museum members of the original Richmond Business and Tourism Association are organising a year of celebrations.

Local organisations are invited to embrace these celebrations and to adapt their annual events to fit in with the theme. New events and organisations are also welcome and original ideas are greatly encouraged.

We would like everyone to get involved in celebrating their town and enjoy all that this remarkable year has to offer residents and visitors.

Throughout the year we shall be celebrating key periods of the town’s history with a timeline of events.

January – March Before the Normans arrived
April – Early May Norman Richmond
May – Mid-June Medieval Times
June - July Celebrating the Elizabethans
August Richmond’s Georgian Heritage
September – October The Victorians
November 20th Century
December Richmond into the Future including a time capsule to be opened at the 1000th birthday celebrations

Some ideas in the melting pot, but not confirmed…

  • Community archaeology event
  • Norman event in the castle
  • Medieval Re-enactment
  • Georgian festival
  • Victorian Cricket Match
  • Cell Block event in the castle
  • Author talks
  • link up with Richmonds around the world
  • Event for people called Norman, Elizabeth, Victoria, George
  • Son et Lumiere
  • HMS Richmond Freedom of the Town
  • 950 Length Swimathon
  • 950 Cricket runs
  • 950cc car and motorbike rally
  • Medieval Banquet
  • Georgian Feast
  • Wandering Storytellers
  • Plant 950 trees
  • Minstrels
  • Elizabethan theme for in Bloom

More ideas welcome to stir into the pot of centuries!

To find out more and to tell us your ideas, please email celebrate@richmond950.co.uk or telephone Marcia McLuckie on 01748 825525