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Richmond 950 Celebrations

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

Countdown to 2021 and the 950th Anniversary of Richmond Castle

Countdown to 2021 and the 950th Anniversary of Richmond Castle

66 days to go !!!


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.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have decided that a Procession on 2nd January is no longer possible, but the 950 team will still be in the Market Place to welcome the year and provide information for what is planned.

Details for confirmed events will be published shortly.

CelebrateRichmond950 is about the community of Richmond and for the community. There are opportunities for everyone to be involved.

An Asset for Richmond Now and For the Future.

To commemorate this important anniversary, one of our key projects is the creation of a new Community Woodland on land provided by Zetland Estates.

The People’s Wood, which is dependent on receiving funding from the grant providers we have applied to, will be a natural space for all for thinking, walking, talking, relaxing and playing together or alone, with your dog or without and with easy access for all ages and abilities.

It will be a habitat for wildlife and native species to thrive and an enhancement to the landscape.

This is good for Richmond, good for the planet – carbon positive and helping with flood and water management and a wonderful enhancement for the landscape.

Getting Involved

Nearly all of Richmond’s clubs and groups have been in touch with us for ideas for events and support. If you would like to tell us about an Event you are hosting then please complete our Event Questionnaire form.

Here are just a few of them:

The Station - Victorian Events
Georgian Theatre Royal - Community Play Complete History of Richmond (Abridged!)
Richmond Civic Society - Talks reflecting the theme of Richmond Through the Ages.
Richmond Walking and Book Festival - Walks & talks on theme of CelebrateRichmond950
Richmond Meet - Bank Holiday Floats Costume through the Ages
Richmond Rotary Club - Exhibition 950 Years of Communications in Richmond
Richmondshire Choral Society - Commissioning a work with spoken accompaniment
Richmondshire Writers - Compiling a Chapbook on Richmond written by its members
A 950 piece Writing Project for young and old - 950 piece Writing Project for young and old
Richmond Brewery - Brewing a special Celebration Ale
The Kings Head Hotel - Medieval and Georgian Banquets
Richmond Castle - Discussions with English Heritage in progress
Richmondshire Cricket Club - Victorian Cricket Match
Musicality - The Best of British Music
Marske Singers - The Good Old Days music hall concert
Station Singers - Homage to the Christmas Carol
Richmond/Leyburn Embroiderers - The CelebrateRichmond950 Embroidery


Would You Like to Hold an Event?

There is still time and room for more events to be included in the programme for next year.

If you have any suggestions for an event you would like to organise, please get in touch - / 01748 825525

Where Are the Big Events?

We very much wanted to hold some bigger events, but because of the Pandemic we have been unable to continue with our application for a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund because they have understandably had to prioritise their National Emergency Fund programmes..

With your help we may be able to raise funds to enable the reinstatement of one or two of these bigger events, particularly a Son et Lumiere and a community archaeology project in the castle, looking specifically at the site of the demolished barrack block and the First World War, which would link with the work done recently at the Castle on research and interpretation of the Richmond 16 and other conscientious objectors held prisoner in the Castle.