Out & About

Do you remember Anthony Wood’s u3a talk in September 2018 about Sir Thomas Robinson, A Fashionable Gentleman? Thomas, inspired by Venetian architects, was the visionary architect of the 18th century italianate Palladian style Rokeby Park, which has over three centuries of features and treasures such as Tuscan columns, a large first floor saloon, neoclassical plasterwork and a varied collection of furniture, paintings and French prints. Much of the interior was subsequently designed by John Carr of York. The house and park are in an attractive riverside setting near the rivers Tees and Greta, known as the Meeting of the Waters.

You can now visit this unusual house. Rokeby Park is open to the public on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, 2.00 to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) until 31 August. There is no need to pre-book your visit.

You can visit the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond to see its transforming renovations. You can see the news comfortable seating and a new mural of a lively Georgian audience. There is improved views of the stage together with improved lighting and fresh decorations.

The theatre plans to open in September but you can have a backstage tour now. Monday to Saturday 10 – 4. No booking is required unless you are a group of more than 4 people. Call 01748 825252. www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk