Richmondshire District Council

Grant improves Richmond Walking and Book Festival's programme

An annual Richmondshire based festival has received a grant of £3,600 to help improve its programme.

Now in its 17th year, the Richmond Walking and Book Festival will bring 30 walks and 20 literature events to the district for the 2022 event in September.

It will use its grant from the District Council’s Large Festivals Fund to attract new authors. The grant will also be used to provide bus transport to venues to discourage the use of cars and open the festival to more people.

Barbara Gravenor, Chair of Richmond Walking and Book Festival, said: “The Festival is grateful for the grant from Richmondshire District Council. It has enabled the Festival to produce a fabulous book event programme including Christy Lefteri, Sally Coulthard, Nicholas Crane, Oliver Condy, James Naughtie and Clare Jackson (recent winner of the prestigious Wolfson History Prize). 

“We have also printed a high quality brochure. We will reduce the use of private transport, and therefore our environmental impact, by providing bus transport to the start of some of our walks.”

The event, from 16 to 26 September 2022, brings in around £35,000-£40,000 to the district’s economy every year. Tickets can be bought online from the festival website or from Richmond Information Centre in the Market Hall.