‘Yarn bomb’ a bike at museum

Naomi Parson , learning and access officer at Ripon Museum Trust, with two 'yarn bombed' bikes.
Naomi Parson , learning and access officer at Ripon Museum Trust, with two 'yarn bombed' bikes.

The Workhouse Museum in Ripon is gearing itself up for a knitting challenge over the half-term holidays when they will be “yarn bombing” bikes.

Visitors can help cover bikes large and small with knitting, crochet, rag rugging and weaving as they use traditional skills to decorate the bicycles in celebration of the forthcoming Tour de France.

The events take place on Tuesday, May 27 to Thursday, May 29, from 1-4pm each day.

Following on with the bike theme, visitors can also hunt out a series of Victorian bicycles which have been hidden throughout the Workhouse for a special museum trail!

All activities are free to have a go, although normal entry charges into the Workhouse Museum apply.

For next month, the Ripon Museum Trust and The Little Ripon Bookshop have organised a special event – The Search for Richard III, The Kings Grave. Taking place at Ripon Spa Hotel on Thursday, June 26, from 7.30-9pm, it will feature Philippa Langley and historian Michael Jones when Philippa, an enthusiastic volunteer with a passion for history, will share the story of how she helped to find King Richard III’s remains beneath a car park in Leicester.

The King’s Grave traces the remarkable journey of how the two set to find the real Richard III buried beneath centuries of propaganda and how Philippa’s intuition and study led to the remarkable discovery of the late king’s grave in the exact place she said it would be. Mike’s historical expertise underpinned Philippa’s research. Tickets priced £10 are available from Wendy by emailing admin@riponmuseums.co.uk or by phoning 01765 690799.