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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

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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.

Next year, 2021, Richmond Castle and town are celebrating their 950th birthday – indeed a very special year and what a lot of candles! With the support of Richmondshire District Council, Richmond Town Council and English Heritage, members of the Original Richmond and Business Tourism Association have organised a year of celebrations.

Local organisations are embracing these celebrations and many are adapting their annual events to fit in with the theme. Special events exclusively for the year are also being arranged. Other organisations are still welcome to join in and plan their own events.

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

For more information please visit where you will find more about our historic market town and a full list of events to date. More are being added, so please keep looking.

There is still time to organise an event and have it included in the programme. Please email or phone Marcia McLuckie on 01748 825525.

Funding the Year

We are grateful for grants and funding received from Richmondshire District Council, Richmond Town Council, the Original Richmond Business & Tourism Association and NYCC, along with donations from local businesses and private individuals.

This has enabled us to develop our current programme of more than 40 events and activities with more in the pipeline, which can only go ahead if we are able to source further funding.

How to Donate

To help us create an even bigger programme, we are inviting donations large and small that, if we can raise sufficient funds, will go towards events such as:

  • Treasure Hunt - circa £300
  • Street Theatre - circa £500
  • Re-enactment - circa £1,000
  • End of Year Fireworks - circa £8,000
  • even a Son et Lumiere 'light and sound' show - circa £18,000

Or you may have suggestions for events that you would like to see in which case please contact

If you are able to help, please use the Donate Button below to make a contribution.