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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 5 Jan - Fri 21 Dec 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.

Copper Sculpture

Our eARTh

York (8 miles, 13 km)

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 23 Dec 2018

Artists showcase affecting work responding to the Environment and Climate change.

Hutton le Hole

Hutton le Hole Car Boot

Kirkbymoorside (7 miles, 11 km)

Sun 2 Sep 2018

There are a number of Car Boot Sales in Hutton le Hole on Sundays. The venue is in a lovely setting. The boot sale car park is very handy for the shops in the village and Ryedale Folk Museum. Buyers - from 8 am.

Raptor Fair, National Centre for Birds of Prey, He

Raptor Fair, National Centre for Birds of Prey

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018

The British Falconry Fair has been the largest and most visited falconry fair in Europe since its inception back in 1990.

Turnpike Trot 10k & Rabbit Run 5k

Turnpike Trot 10k & Rabbit Run 5k

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 7 Oct 2018

The North York Moors National Park in conjunction with the Hardmoors Race Series present the Turnpike Trot 10k Trail Race and the Rabbit Run 5k Trail Race.