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Playing in the Dales

Richmondshire has a wealth of history, heritage and natural beauty. There are endless options for spending your free time – art and culture, food and drink, family and heritage, outdoor activities and sport. Whatever your age you can find special interest clubs and societies, events and festivals, attractions and other areas of interest listed on Yorkshire Dales Events.

Richmondshire’s rich history is prominently evident in a fantastic collection of castles; the oldest stone built castle in the country, another where Mary Queen of Scots slept and some where people still live. We have an impressive array of abbey ruins, delightful churches and quaint meeting houses. Our heritage is celebrated in museums which explore our farming, military and industrial heritage.

Most of Richmondshire is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which is full of features to explore and enjoy; rivers for canoeing, caves to discover, rock faces to climb and rolling hills to walk, run and cycle, on and off-road. You can fish or shoot, sail or swim, ski or hang glide. As well as beautiful bridleways we have a race course, gallops and stables, supplemented by official events and cross country trials. We welcome many visitors passing through Richmondshire on the Coast to Coast route.

In our towns and villages you will find clubs and groups for most sports such as cycling, rugby, football, swimming, sailing, angling, tennis, badminton, archery, quoits and chess. There are swimming pools, tennis courts and gyms, golf courses and bowling greens and one of the few remaining cycling grass tracks in the UK.

We have artists and galleries, makers and creators, music and theatre, photographers and weavers, potters and writers. There are many opportunities to visit open studios, attend concerts and festivals, explore auction houses or follow Turner's painterly trail.

Food and drink is not just a staple, but special in Richmondshire, with many local producers of cheese, beer, ice cream or tasty puds supplying local tea rooms, restaurants and pubs. There are visitor centres, where you can see where much of the food comes from and how it is made before sampling the delicious products.