20th - 29th
September 2024

Sunday 29 Sept 2024

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W23: A Sunday Lunch Walk from Carperby - new

Leave Station car park 9.45am. Parking behind the Wheatsheaf Inn Carperby DL8 4DF (GR:SE 008 898, What3Words: ///mealtime.probing.interacts). Start walk at 10.30am. 6 Miles. Easy/Moderate. £7

An attractive walk in Wensleydale with fine views, a few short climbs and a stop to admire the magnificent Bolton Castle which dominates the skyline and has been owned by the Scrope family continuously for over 600 years. The walk begins at the Wheatsheaf Inn, a traditional Yorkshire pub, chosen by James Herriot as the location for his honeymoon. We climb up onto the limestone ridge with wonderful views across the dale to Penhill, then head to Bolton Castle for a coffee break where you can choose to use the castle café or sit and enjoy your own refreshments outside whilst admiring the view. Then its downhill all the way back to the Wheatsheaf Inn for lunch at around 1.45pm. Walk participants will be contacted prior to the walk for their pub lunch menu choices.


E22: Book Fair

The Station, Richmond DL10 4LD | 10:00am – 4:00pm | free entry | Café/restaurant, disabled access.

A variety of new, second-hand, antiquarian and collectable books from expert sellers will be on The Station platform along with The Station’s regular ‘Lost and Found’ book stall. Heaven for book worms and collectors!


E23: Toby Wilkinson on Ramesses the Great: Egypt’s King of Kings

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL | 4:30pm | £10 | Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Ramesses II ruled Egypt from 1279 to 1213 B.C., one of the longest reigns in pharaonic history. He was a cultural innovator, a relentless self-promoter and an astute diplomat. His reputation eclipsed that of all other pharaohs: he was decried in the Bible as a despot, famed in literature as Ozymandias, and lauded by early antiquarians as the Younger Memnon. In this illustrated talk, leading Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson considers Ramesses’ preoccupations and preferences, uncovering the methods and motivations of a megalomaniac ruler, with lessons for our own time. Toby Wilkinson is a prize-winning and best-selling author of 14 books which have been translated into 12 languages. He lives in Suffolk and Swaledale.


E24: An Evening with Felix Francis: Growing up with Dick Francis and taking over writing the Dick Francis novels

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL | 7:30pm | £10 | Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

 Felix Francis has published over 20 books, both under his father’s name – Dick Francis – and his own. His festival event will cover his life with Dick Francis, his father’s career as a jockey and growing up in what he calls "the greatest fiction factory of the twentieth century". He will cover how he came to take over the writing of the Dick Francis novels of which he has published 18. He now publishes under his own name and his book 'Hands Down' (2022) was set in North Yorkshire. Francis will talk about how he researches and develops the characters and plot of a novel based around horse-racing. He will finish by talking about his latest book ‘Syndicate’ which is published just days before this event!


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