16th - 25th
September 2022

Whole Programme

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W22: A Linear Walk from Grinton to Richmond - new

Saturday 24 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.30am. We will transfer to Grinton by private bus for a 10am start.11 miles. Moderate/Hard. £7 (Includes the minibus transport to Grinton which is free thanks to support by Richmondshire District Council)

Our second linear walk in Swaledale starts at the “Cathedral of the Dale” at Grinton. We will climb up to the escarpment above the river with views across the valley to Marrick Priory and Ellerton Abbey. On reaching the village of Downholme you can choose between a lunchtime picnic or a short stop-off at the Bolton Arms. The route then uses an MoD permissive path to access woodland and finally returns us to the River Swale before reaching Richmond. A journey with wonderful views, rocky paths, open moorland, river and woodland trails. We will also see some of the mining heritage of Swaledale and enjoy birdsong in a riverside wood.


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E16: Mike Barfield and ‘A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen, and Everything in Between’ and ‘A Day in the Life of a Poo, A Gnu and You’.

Saturday 24 Sept 2022

Catterick Library, 1 Gough Rd, Catterick Garrison DL9 3EL. 2.00pm. Free but booking required. Disabled access.

Suitable for 7-11 year-olds who bring their own grown-up

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a dung beetle looks like? How about a stomach? Or an Aztec skull? Author Mike Barfield brings his anarchic and quirky humour to the Festival. Based on his Blue Peter Award winning book ‘A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You’ and the latest in the series, ‘A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between’. Come prepared for a fun event covering a wide range of topics from science and animals, to Neolithic times and the dawn of the internet.

Sponsored by: Catterick, Richmond and Colburn Community Libraries (CRACCL)

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T3: Richmond Town Guided Walk

Saturday 24 Sept 2022

Meet outside the Town Hall at 2.15 pm. Free, just turn up on the day. Donations to Richmondshire Museum most welcome.

The walk lasts for between one hour and one and a half hours and remains on level ground, as far as is possible in Richmond!

E17: Christy Lefteri and ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ and ‘Songbirds’ in conversation with Dr Ryad Alsous and Rosemary Brown

Saturday 24 Sept 2022

Richmond School & Sixth Form College DL10 7BQ. 7.30pm. £15. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. A lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University, her novel, ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’, became an international bestseller, selling over a million copies worldwide and published in over 40 countries. ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ won The Aspen Literary Prize (for influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture). Runner up for The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and winner of the Prix de l'Union Interalliée for Best Foreign Novel in France, ‘Songbirds’ is her bestselling new novel.

Dr Ryad Alsous is a world-renowned expert on bees and was the inspiration for ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’. He started ‘The Buzz Project’ after leaving Syria. Launched in 2017, this combines his passion for bees with helping refugees and job seekers. ‘I love running this project because it has so many benefits, both for refugees, many who have come from high level careers and so have lots to contribute, and for the British black bees which I encourage people to keep over other non-native strains,’ ‘The Buzz Project’ offers volunteers a sense of purpose and help to integrate, through learning new skills.

Sponsored by: Richmondshire Refugee Support Group

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W23: A Sunday Lunch Walk in Arkengarthdale - new

Sunday 25 Sept 2022

Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start CB Hotel in Arkengarthdale (GR: NY 995 031) (postcode DL11 6EN) at 10am. 6 miles. Moderate. £7. Bus transport from The Station, Richmond to and from this event will be available. Please indicate when booking if you intend to use this service. (Bus part funded by Richmondshire District Council, donations welcome on the day.)

An invigorating walk to work up an appetite for our lunch at the historic 18th Century CB Inn, named after the local Lord of the Manor and lead mine owner, Charles Bathurst.

Our walk follows the lovely Arkle Beck from Langthwaite to Whaw where the hillsides retain the scars of the lead mining industry. A steady climb takes us 400ft up onto the moors, sometimes boggy in places, but they provide a contrast in scenery to the valley below, with fine open views towards Tan Hill and down Arkengarthdale. We descend on a track, steep in places, to follow Arkle Beck back to our lunch stop. Please bring a drink and snack for a stop on route. Walk participants will be contacted prior to the walk for their menu choices.


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E18:  Book Fair and Bookbinding Workshop

Sunday 25 Sept 2022

The Station, Richmond, DL10 4LD. 10:00am to 4:00pm. Book Fair free entry. Bookbinding Workshops: two sessions 10:00 to 12:30 and  13:30 to 16:00 . Six places per session at £30 per person, all materials provided. To book the workshops email info@thestation.co.uk or phone 01748 828 259

A number of booksellers will have stalls on the Platform.

Have you ever wondered how fine and antiquarian books were made? The art and craft of book making dates back over two thousand years, but whether that’s works from ancient China,  Japanese designs, the rich tradition of Islamic bookbinding, or the leather-bound volumes of stately-home libraries, the principles are similar: papers are sewn together and secured within a protective, often decorated, casing.

In this workshop led by local bookbinder, Delphine Ruston, see for yourself how books start life by making two books of your own to take away – a 3-hole pamphlet (or chap book), and a single-section, hardback notebook. With a few materials, tools and simple skills, it’s possible to make attractive books to put to whatever use you wish.

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E19: Marrisse Whittaker and ‘The Mad-Hatter Murders’ in conversation with Pam Royle

Sunday 25 Sept 2022

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL. 7.30pm. £10. Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

Marrisse Whittaker has been inventing characters for all of her working life, first as a TV and Film Make-Up Artist, then TV Scriptwriter and Producer. But now a new creative career beckons after Marrisse’s debut novel, “The Magpie”, was shortlisted for The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction and she secured a publishing deal for her series of dark thrillers. Marrisse will be talking to Pam Royle (a former broadcaster with ITV Tyne Tees), explaining how it’s never too late to write a book and get it published.

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E20: In partnership with Catterick, Richmond and Colburn Community Libraries (CRACCL): John Bevis and “An English Library Journey”

Friday 14 October 2022

Richmond Town Hall, DL10 4QL. 7.30pm. £7.50 (£5 for CRACCL Volunteers). Refreshments, bookstall, disabled access.

This event is outside the main festival period but we hope will be of interest.

John Bevis is a freelance writer, whose subjects range from poetry, art and natural history to biography. His previous books include ‘The Keartons: Inventing Nature Photography’ and ‘Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds’. His experiences of visiting, using and joining libraries, which led to him acquiring a membership card for every library in the country, are collected in his latest book, ‘An English Library Journey’. John Bevis divides his time between Ironbridge in Shropshire and London.

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