GeorgeFest is back this summer with a ten-day festival celebrating the market town of Richmond’s rich Georgian heritage.
Taking place between Saturday 18 August and Monday 27 August, GeorgeFest18 offers an exciting range of events and activities designed to bring Georgian times to life .
Many of the events have been organised by or are fundraising events for the Theatre. On the first day of the festival is 'Secret Salons: A Georgian Musical Promenade'. Here, participants are invited to walk between three of Richmond’s most exclusive Georgian residences – Temple Lodge, Millgate House and Culloden Tower – where they will be entertained by a lively programme of fantasias, dance tunes, duets and literary readings from the period. Tickets for the event must be booked in advance and are available from Box Office.
Taking in the grounds of Culloden Tower and neighbouring Temple Lodge is a guided walk by historic landscape expert Val Hepworth on Saturday 18 August. Lasting a couple of hours, it will explore the history of this fascinating area and take you on to private land where you can enjoy rarely seen views of Swaledale. Starting at 2pm from Yorke Square Car Park, this is a free event with donations to the Theatre.
One way to really get under the skin of the town’s Georgian residents is to read their diaries. This is what Jane Hatcher and Bob Woodings have done in their newly published book that reveals what one Richmond woman thought about a host of daily topics, including: shopping, gardening, ribbons and menfolk. Her identity is shrouded in mystery and the talk on ‘The Secret Diary of a Georgian Lady’ taking place on Tuesday 21 August has all the intrigues of an Agatha Christie ‘whodunnit’.
Other talks throughout the festival include an entertaining insight into the battle between Methodist preachers and the theatre by Ian Small, Chairman of the York Georgian Society on Wednesday 22 August; and authors Karen Lynch and Patrick Eyres will be exploring the Yorkshire-based work of the renowned landscape gardener Humphry Repton on the final day of the festival.
There can be few things more civilised than afternoon tea! Join the Friends of The Georgian Theatre Royal on Tuesday 21 August between 2pm and 4pm for some scones, cake and a chat. This is a free event but donations are appreciated for the Theatre.
Finally, don't miss our special costumed tours of the Theatre taking place daily from 13-27 August.
Full details of the festival can be found online and leaflets are available from the Box Office and generally around the town.