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Helmsley

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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Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies

Yorkshire True Grit Dark Skies

York (6 miles, 10 km)

Fri 24 Feb 2017 - Sat 24 Feb 2018

Yorkshire True Grit just got tougher! Dark Skies takes gravel biking and cross-country mountain biking to a whole new level – are you tough enough?

Dark Skies Festival

Dark Skies Festival

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 9 - Sun 25 Feb 2018

The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales are a stargazer’s paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country.

Ampleforth Monthly Village Market

Ampleforth Monthly Village Market

Helmsley (4 miles, 6 km)

Sat 24 Feb 2018

AMPLEFORTH MONTHLY VILLAGE MARKET, LAST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, TIME 10AM-1PM

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.

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Helmsley (1 miles, 1 km)

Mon 28 May 2018

A fantastic day out for all the family. Established in 1982 - the original country fair of North Yorkshire in the beautiful grounds of Duncombe Park.

British Falconry Fair 2018

British Falconry Fair

Helmsley (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018

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

Town Criers Competition for The Magna Carta Trophy

Town Criers Competition for The Magna Carta Trophy

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 21 Jul 2018

Helmsley is to host its very first town crier competition – which it is believed will be the largest, national town crier competition to be held in Yorkshire for several decades.

Ryedale Rumble

Ryedale Rumble Cycling Sportive

Helmsley (3 miles, 4 km)

Sun 29 Jul 2018

The popular Ryedale Rumble is making its long awaited return to the Sportive calendar on July 29th 2018.

MoorFest 2018

MoorFest

Sutton Bank (6 miles, 10 km)

Sun 29 Jul 2018

Enjoy a whole host of free activities at our annual moorland event. It’s a celebration of country life, culture and heritage.

NYM Chamber Music Festival

Janus - North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Kirkbymoorside (8 miles, 13 km)

Mon 13 Aug 2018

Join us for our Tenth Anniversary Season Festival of Classical Music in various churches across the North York Moors.

North Yorkshire Moors Chamber Music Festival

Sighs - North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Wed 15 Aug 2018

Join us for our Tenth Anniversary Season Festival of Classical Music in various churches across the North York Moors.