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Award-winning Helmsley is the town of ‘La Dolce Vita’, where you’ll be treated like royalty! It’s been the home of nobility for over 800 years, but this is a friendly town with no airs and graces - just an appreciation for the finer things in life.

Helmsley is an epicentre of gourmet food and drink with five of the North’s top restaurants nearby, award-winning tea-rooms, and an extraordinary range of independent shops specialising in local produce. The market square is also a honey-pot for art, antique and design lovers, with galleries, designer boutiques, curiosity shops and craft workshops to rival major cities, while the work of local artists can often be seen during an elegant walk along Rievaulx Terrace (National Trust).

Helmsley is also home to Yorkshire’s top attractions, including the National Birds of Prey Centre, the the North’s largest collection of birds-of-prey, Helmsley Walled Garden, Helmsley Castle (English Heritage) and Rievaulx Abbey (English Heritage). And don’t miss Helmsley’s Christmas Tree Festival each December, with trees from local estate Duncombe Park then dressed to impress for winter. 

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Helmsley Market

Helmsley Market

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 19 Oct 2018

This pretty market town lies right on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. The market is held in the central ancient Market Square. In addition to the market, a Craft Fair is held most Fridays above the Old Town Hall.


Kirkbymoorside Market

Kirkbymoorside (5 miles, 9 km)

Wed 24 Oct 2018

Kirkbymoorside Market is held every Wednesday 'on the cobbles' of the main street of this historic market town which is situated halfway between Thirsk and Scarborough, on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Hallows, Saints and Souls

Hallows, Saints and Souls

Kirkbymoorside (7 miles, 11 km)

Sat 27 Oct - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Delve into the mysterious world of folklore, ancient beliefs and forgotten practices as you explore Ryedale Folk Museum this half term.

Christmas at Nunnington Hall

Christmas at Nunnington Hall

York (5 miles, 7 km)

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Nov 2018

Discover the Hall as it would have been at Christmas through history, from the Georgian era to the war years and after.

Dark Skies

Dark Skies Festival

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 15 Feb - Sun 3 Mar 2019

A star-filled sky is one of nature's most natural wonders! But they’re become harder than ever to experience. In an urban area you’ll be lucky to see 20 stars on a clear night but in an area of low light pollution, such as in our National P