Relaunch for website promoting Richmond

From left, Fiona Hall, from the Green Howards Museum, David Hannah, English Heritage cluster manager, Clare Owen, Georgian Theatre Royal chief executive, Richmondshire Museum volunteer Terry Rawson and Chris Brown, The Station manager.

A popular website promoting Richmond has been re-launched for the benefit of locals and visitors.

A team from the town’s visitor attractions has worked together to restructure and refresh the richmond.org site, which has long been a source of information on the town.

Fiona Hall, communications and commercial manager at the Green Howards Museum, said: “The strength and reach of the richmond.org domain cannot be underestimated. It is an incredibly powerful information and promotional tool, and we are very excited to be driving it forward.

“The site has been a great resource for many years, but, like all websites, it needed a periodic refresh.

“Local web designer, Andy Russell had been looking after the site for many years but wanted to pass on responsibility for it.

“He transferred ownership to us so that we could run the website on a partnership basis for the benefit of the whole town.”

Richmond.org includes  information, including the logistics of parking and finding your way around, downloadable maps and walking trails, a what’s on section, plus bitesize chunks of information about the town’s history, landmarks and attractions, customs and traditions.

It is designed to be of interest to visitors as well as those living in the town.

“We felt it was really important to cover as much as possible that’s great about the town in a nice, neat format so you can pick and choose the information, based on what you need or want at any given time.

“A lot of the content already existed on the site, but we’ve taken a fresh look at the most logical way to present it, then edited and refreshed it.

“We’ve also created a ‘living’ section; updating the community groups listings from the previous website.

“One of the most important areas is the what’s on section, so you can always find something to do, whether you are visiting Richmond, or lucky enough to live here.”

The work has been carried out on behalf of Welcome to Richmond; the attractions subgroup of Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association.

The website refresh is the latest initiative for the group, who work together on joint projects, such as the Town Ticket, Love being Local resident’s day and the town map leaflet.

Members of the group contribute to an annual budget, which has been used, along with funding from Richmondshire District Council’s Community Investment Fund, to make the improvements to the site.

If you are running an event in Richmond, you can use the online form in the what’s on section to request a slot in the listings.

Accommodation providers who featured on the site before the refresh are currently being contacted so they can update their information; the places to stay directory will be published in due course.

Community organisations who would like to be featured, but do not currently have a listing, can request one by emailing hello@richmond.org

Visit the website at richmond.org

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