Onward to Richmond where we arrive at Aske Hall Estate and a warm welcome by Jo and Alex at Kiss the Moon where we learned about the natural beauty & wellness products that tap in to the power of nature’s most soothing ingredients to help you sleep beautifully and wake up feeling gorgeous. Kiss the Moon’s range is 100% natural, made without cruelty to animals and proudly made in the UK.
Right next door is Mocha’s chocolate making studio, shop and cafe where Liz and her team gave us an appetising late lunch, tea and coffee and of course, hand-made chocolates. Every chocolate in Mocha’s luxury chocolate box selections have been developed and handcrafted by their own team of chocolatiers, right here in Yorkshire. Mocha’s chocolate selections make the perfect chocolate gift or as a treat for any chocolate lover. Delicious….
At the Richmondshire Museum we were welcomed by friendly volunteer Helen who gave us exclusive access to the All Creatures Great and Small studio set that was used in the original BBC TV series. Richmondshire Museum was founded in 1974 by the Richmond and Dales Soroptimists and opened in 1978. Since then much has been added to make the attraction a ‘must’ for any visitor to the town. The building appears small on the outside but is a veritable ‘Tardis’ once entered. There is a wide range of items on display with the emphasis upon local and social history. Displays include artefacts from the Stone Age to the present day.
We were met by Councillor Clive World who provided a very interesting guided walk around historic Richmond which was founded in 1071 by Breton Alan Rufus on lands granted to him by William the Conqueror. Richmond Castle was completed in 1086 with a keep and walls encompassing the area now known as the Market Place. We arrived at the Green Howard’s Museum where Fiona, the museum’s communications and commercial manager gave us a whistle-stop tour of this important asset to the town. The museum itself has always been based in Richmond and the objects in the museum come from many different sources, but the collection itself started through the interests and collections of a few key individuals. Over time, through diligent collecting, and generous donation, particularly in the years following the First World War, the collection has grown.
Our final curtain call, so to speak, was the Georgian Theatre Royal, where theatre director Clare Allen took us back stage to see the workings of the theatre and explained all of its fantasic history. Britain’s most complete Georgian theatre, the Georgian Theatre Royal is open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday with guided tours every hour on the hour.