As you will know, yesterday was Mother’s Day and I wanted to do something fun and meaningful to celebrate and thank my wonderful mum for all that she has done and continues to do for me. She is the most amazing human being, I have a lot to thank and admire her for. Without her, I would not be pursuing my acting career, she is ruthless when it comes to encouraging me to follow my dreams and get to where I want to be. The film industry is my industry and something we both love, so I thought it would be nice to go to the cinema, something we haven’t done in over ten years (I know right!) Mum is very much a traditionalist, she loves all things ‘stepping back in time’, period style and quirky, somewhere with a nice atmosphere and of course good coffee. I am a huge believer in supporting local and independent businesses and promoting them if I feel they deliver a good service and I have had a good experience, so when my brother suggested I take her to The Station at Richmond (a beautiful, historic, market town in North Yorkshire), plans began forming and a new, amazing venue was about to be discovered.
We decided to see Beauty and the Beast after hearing mixed reviews and to my horror, finding out that my Mum had never actually seen any version of it before! Something which I felt had to be put right immediately. We made our way over to Richmond by a route which passes the highest pub in Britain, Tan Hill, and takes you through James Herriot country, the Yorkshire Dales; a truly beautiful, charming place. Driving through the Dales brought all sorts of childhood memories back, those wonderful Sunday afternoons spent walking, cycling and driving through the luscious landscape, discovering little gems and new places to explore. Not to mention all the good pubs and cafes for food and a cheeky tipple in the sunshine.
Finding The Station was no trouble at all when arriving at Richmond, it was well sign posted and had plenty of parking. It is Richmond’s original railway station which closed in 1969 and has been renovated into a community centre which accommodates independent businesses as well as offering all sorts of exhibitions, events, classes and talks. It has a lot to offer and is a great family friendly place. I was struck by the welcoming entrance with the ticket hall still in use as a place to buy your cinema tickets and snacks at very reasonable rates. There was a café and restaurant with a delicious looking menu, not to mention good coffee too! Plus a book stand which occupied a wall, where you can donate your own books and give cash donations to take new books away. It is so good to see honesty boxes being used honestly! And a sign informing that all the money goes to charity. The whole place has a refreshing community feel and a sense that everyone involved with running The Station is doing it because they are really enthusiastic about it and have a real love and joy for making such a place accessible to all.
I was impressed to see that the cinema consisted of three screens, the seating in which was really comfy and there was plenty of room for those of us with longer legs. The staff and services available were fantastic, really friendly and a well kept and cared for space. Mum had a wonderful time and it is definitely somewhere we will be going back to. Richmond itself is beautiful, but the only downside to our visit on a Sunday evening was that after leaving The Station at 10pm all the chippies were closed! Oh well, just means we have an excuse to go back again soon 😉