Richmond and the Coal River Valley will commemorate its bicentenary with five weekends of festivals and events between December 2023 to April 2024.

The region is one of the oldest and most-loved destinations in Clarence. Its history entails many narratives, and through talks, music and events, the Richmond Bicentenary program will showcase the rich history of Richmond and the Coal River Valley, as well as acknowledging the Mumirimina people’s deep connection to the region, country, waterways and sky.

Clarence City Council is proud to support the event which will feature a program of more than 70 events, exhibits, and festivals. Named “Weekends in the Valley” each weekend will have a different theme to acknowledge the evolution of Richmond over the 200 years since British settlement.

The launch weekend will be held from 8-11 December, marking the 200th anniversary since the laying of the foundation stone of Australia’s oldest bridge, the Richmond Bridge. The program will wrap up with the annual Richmond Fair in March 2024.

The Richmond Bicentenary ‘Weekends in the Valley’

  • Weekend 1: 8-11 December 2023 | Bicentenary Launch
    Commemorate the 200th anniversary since the laying of the foundation stone of Australia’s oldest surviving large stone arch bridge, the Richmond Bridge. Street parade and official launch, plus vehicle displays, music, and exhibitions.
  • Weekend 2: 18-22 January 2024 | Richmond History Festival
    Talks, exhibitions, Collectors’ Roadshow (21 January 2024), guided tours, and events focused on Richmond and the Coal River Valley and its role in Tasmanian development.
  • Weekend 3: 10-12 February 2024 | Convict Muster & Heritage Farming Expo
    Explore convict ancestry with keynote speakers, convict history-themed talks, and music 10-12 February. Experience traditional farming demonstrations and displays, and the contribution of convict farm labourers. Presented with Hobart Vintage Machinery Society.
  • Weekend 4: 23-27 February 2024 | Bicentenary of Town Proclamation
    Open House Richmond, presented with the Australian Institute of Architects, offers unprecedented access to more than thirty properties. Explore Richmond’s diverse architecture along with special events, walks and talks, and exhibitions.
  • Weekend 5: 8-11 March 2024 | Fruits of the Valley
    Celebrate the 2024 harvest at the Richmond Village Fair. A celebratory Street Party for local residents will conclude the festivities.

Weekends in the Valley will share the stories and history of the people, buildings, agriculture and industry, and the significant heritage of the Richmond area.

Visit the Richmond Bicentenary website to register and for more information.