Places to visit

By SPP Reporter

Hipswell Habitat

Hipswell Habitat is a community project using arts, crafts and the environment to bring people together and provide a ‘haven’ for everyone to enjoy.

The project is based at Hipswell Lodge, home of the Army Welfare Service and is designed to be accessible to both civilian and military members of the community alike. ‘Community’ is used in its widest sense and includes all members no matter what cultural background, age, sex or ability they fall into.

Facilities available for community orientated activities include an activity room, events room an a bungalow on the site has a fully fitted kitchen, small ‘creche style’ room and an informal meeting room for more relaxed gatherings, meetings and coffee mornings etc.

The grounds around the Lodge form part of the Habitat and includes a conservation garden, borders to plant and maintain, nature trails, wildlife pond, vegetable and fruit garden and a range of other projects that we are currently developing. The new woodland trail called ‘Bramble Wood’, funded through the Big Lottery Breathing Places fund, continues to be developed. The Habitat is home to a ‘Play Trail’, again funded by the Lottery, both of which are open for everyone to come and explore.

Environmental projects are being developed but as with all the elements of Hipswell Habitat the vision is that members of the community will come forward with ideas and offers of help in developing projects and running activities. This is a community project and it needs the community to take it to its heart, get in touch, join us, make new friends and enjoy a haven in the midst of Catterick Garrison.

To find out more about the projects and to get involved please contact us on telephone 01748 872912 or Email the site manager at

Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserv e

The award-winning Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve adjacent to Cambrai Lines at Catterick Garrison has a remarkable mix of habitats and species. The reserve contains semi-natural woodland, heathland, flower-rich grassland, streams, ponds, a lake, willow and alder carr, conifer woodland and wetland.

Some of the most attractive habitats have been deliberately created since the reserve was established in 1992. For example, the lake was once a water supply reservoir that had become completely filled-in and overgrown. Restoration to form the scenic and wildlife-rich feature that visitors can see today involved clearance of many conifer trees and removal of over 6,000 tons of sediment. In March 2011 the lake was doubled in size to improve this habitat for water birds, Water Voles, invertebrates and amphibians.

In contrast a wetland area with ponds, reed beds, marshes and a boardwalk that gives easy access to them, was created afresh in 2008 and provides a valuable breeding site for waders. A tower hide to view it was constructed in 2009.

As well as habitats, the reserve boasts a state-of-the-art Field Centre, purpose-built to provide facilities for the visitor, for educational use and to accommodate bird ringing activities. The Field Centre is equipped with interactive interpretive panels, an observation beehive (with real honey bees) and an activity room that functions as an educational space or meeting room. From the activity room you can look out onto a garden through a ‘one-way’ viewing window so wildlife visiting the feeding station can be watched at close quarters.

Since entering into Environmental Stewardship with Natural England in 2010 there have been many recent developments. For instance, a new wheelchair accessible hide and bridge have been created at the lake. The paths and walkways have all been upgraded and an Outdoor Classroom has been built in the woods so that school children can gain more from their visits.

The reserve is managed to maximise the range of wildlife and to make it accessible to people. The purpose of Local Nature Reserves, such as Foxglove Covert, is to make nature available to people for their enjoyment and education. Visitors can follow a self-guided Discovery Trail, explore the reserve along a network of paths or join in one of the regular guided walks or other events. There are opportunities for people who would like to take an active role in looking after the reserve. During the winter months there are regular habitat management days open to all, while in summer the emphasis is on maintenance to ensure that the reserve is as welcoming as possible. Though on land owned by the Ministry of Defence, the reserve is leased to an independent Management Group. Much of thepractical management work and the fund-raising necessary to keep the reserve going are carried out by volunteers from both the military and civilian communities.

As a Local Nature Reserve, declared by Richmondshire District Council, Foxglove Covert is intended as a facility for use by members of the community. We encourage use by schools, community groups, families and individuals.

Reserve Managers based at the reserve can help organise your visit. They can be contacted on 01748 831113 or 07754 270980.

Foxglove Covert is accessible through Cambrai Lines, Munster Barracks on Ava Road, Catterick Garrison. Sat Nav postcode: DL9 3PZ.

For further information visit the website:

Opening hours are 0900-1700 hrs Mon-Fri and 1000-1600 hrs weekends and bank holidays.

Richmond Castle

One of the greatest Norman fortresses, built to subdue the north, with commanding views of the market town of Richmond and the Yorkshire Dales from its spectacular keep. Explore the castle’s links to the legends of King Arthur and the ghostly drummer boy.

15% discount on standard admission prices for Catterick Garrison Personnel and families. Simply show your MOD ID card at the admission point to the castle. Terms & Conditions: Not valid on special event days or in conjunction with any other offer, no cash alternative.

For more information Tel: 01748 822493 or visit

Opening Hours:

25 Mar – 30 Sept: Daily, 1000-1800 hrs

01 Oct – 31 Oct: Daily 1000-1700 hrs

1 Nov – 19 Feb: Sat and Sun 1000-1600 hrs

Prices: Adult £5.30, Child £3.10, Concession £4.80

Newby Hall and Gardens

Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AJ Tel: 0845 4504 068,

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britains finest Robert Adam interiors. Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniture railway, young visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.

The Richmondshire Museum

Ryders Wynd, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4JA. Open daily from 1st April to end of October from 1030-1600 hrs. At other times by appointment, in writing or telephone Richmond 825611. The museum tells the story of Richmondshire and its people. Displays cover local trade, transport, lead mining a medieval cruck house containing domestic bygones, the James Herriot surgery set from the BBC’s “All Creatures Great and Small”, Barkers’ chemist shop (from Catterick Garrison), Grinton post office, textiles and needlecraft also Fenwick Grocers Shop. Full disabled access. Admission charge.

The Green Howards Museum

Trinity Church Square, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4QN.

Tel: 01748 826561.

This famous North Yorkshire Regiment was founded in 1688 and its campaigns from 1690 onwards are illustrated with original uniforms, gallantry awards, medals, Regimental silver and many other relics, including interactive video of WW1, WW2 and Post WW2.

Open: Mon-Sat 1000-1630 hrs – last admission 1600 hrs

Sundays 1000-1630 hrs - July & August only

Closed in January

Offer to Serving Army Personnel free, U16 Children free. 

Georgian Theatre Royal

Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 4DW. Live shows throughout the year in the oldest theatre in the UK surviving in its original form, built in 1788. The Theatre Museum includes original Playbills and the UK’s oldest painted scenery. Open daily from mid February to early Dec for tours 1000 hrs, last tour 1600 hrs. Turn up on the hour. Groups of 10+ should pre-book Tel: 01748 823710. Suggested donation £3.50 (child £1.00). Box Office for all show tickets: 01748 825252

The Station

Station Yard, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4LD. Tel: 01748 850123. The Station is a stunning riverside railway building; brought back to life as an art gallery and exhibition space, community venue for groups, meetings and classes and home to a variety of independent businesses. You can find The Station on the right hand side, just before the road crosses the Swale as you approach Richmond from the Garrison.


The Station welcomes everyone from families to business groups and has rooms available for private hire including a 14-seat boardroom and the popular Swale Room holding up to 30. Audio-visual equipment and wi-fi internet access are available, and catering, from a sandwich to a formal lunch, is provided by Seasons Restaurant. The Station platform is also available for hire for events. See the latest information for what’s on, community events, art exhibitions and room hire

Artisan Food Producers

The Station is home to several local food artisans all making and selling their produce on site. Visitors can taste freshly baked bread, handmade cheese, traditional ales from the micro-brewery, delicious home-made cakes, fresh pasta, and award-winning ice-cream.

The Station Cinema

To pre-book and pay for cinema tickets in advance ring 01748 823062. The box office is open Weekdays:1600-2100 hrs (or earlier if we have a matinee performance); Saturday: 1200-2100 hrs, and Sunday 1200-1930 hrs.(A charge of £1.00 payable per card transaction over the phone.) Please be patient if our line is busy. The best times to call are between 1815-1930 hrs or between 2015-2100 hrs. For full details of programmes and special offers see Leisure Time Page 115Leisure Time

Seasons Restaurant

The restaurant and café are open from 0900-2100 hrs (1900 hrs on Sundays). Last food orders are 2100 hrs. For bookings/enquiries please ring 01748 825340 or email:

Easby Abbey

Open daily. South-east of the town, reached by a pleasant (well signposted) riverside walk, are the considerable remains of the Premonstransian abbey founded 1152. Near the gatehouse is St Agatha’s church, mostly Early English, with Norman font, 13th century wall paintings and 14th century glass.

Newby Hall and Gardens

Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 5AJ Tel: 0845 4504 068,

Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britains finest Robert Adam interiors. Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniture railway, young visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.

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