Free entertainment on offer at Richmond MayFest

Blind Panic.

A range of free entertainment for all the family will be on offer at next weekend’s Richmond MayFest.

The activities will include storytelling, Maypole dancing and music in and around the town centre.

There will also be two concerts and two dance events at four ticketed events.

The headline act this year is Janice Burns & Jon Doran.

Marcia McLuckie, a trustee of Richmond MayFest, said: “These two wonderful young folk musicians, based in the North East, are widely acclaimed for their compelling storytelling, which comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin, bouzouki, and guitar.

“Their arrangements have a spellbinding presence and an understated energy that transports their songs from the pages of books and manuscripts into the imagination of the listener.

“Janice and Jon are supported by celebrated local folk musician Nick Brooker and are playing their music at the historic St Agatha’s Church in Easby, 5pm on Saturday April 29.

“Following on from a huge success at last year’s Richmond MayFest, the concert will again be preceded by a musical walk from The Station in Richmond along the Swale to Easby, with all welcome.”

Later on Saturday at 7.30pm, the Richmondshire Choral Society (RCS) will present Elijah at St Mary’s Church.

The concert is dedicated to the memory of soprano Janet Hall, former chair of the RCS

“Elijah was a

which Janet was keenly anticipating singing, before sadly passing away last year,” Marcia added.

Sunday April 30 is the MayFest Day of Dance, in association with Richmond on Swale Morris Men, who have organised their annual get-together of morris dancers from across the region to coincide with MayFest.

The MayFest Tea Dance, organised in association with the AB Tea Dance Orchestra, will be held at Richmond Town Hall at 2pm on Sunday, April 3 with ballroom and Latin dances with the live orchestra and singer.

Local band Blind Panic again head up this year’s MayFest ceilidh on Sunday evening at 7pm at Richmond School.

You can get tickets for all the paid events online at, or in person from the Richmond Information Centre in the Market Hall, or during the weekend itself from the MayFest info point in the Market Place.

Accompanied children under 16 go free to all, while local residents of all ages residing in DL9, DL10 and DL11 get a discount plus free entry to all the events in Richmond Castle, courtesy of English Heritage.

Richmond MayFest is supported by Richmondshire District Council’s Community Investment Fund and the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association.

For full programme of the weekend’s many events please go to or pick up a leaflet from the Richmond Information Centre