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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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366 Leaping Hares

366 Leaping Hares Exhibition - Emma Stothard

Helmsley (5 miles, 7 km)

Sat 29 Feb - Sun 1 Nov 2020

Emma Stothard has created an exhibition especially for Nunnington Hall celebrating the 366 days of 2020, a leap year.

Discover National Parks

Discover National Parks

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 5 Apr 2020

With hundreds of square miles of breathtaking moorland, enchanting woodland, bustling market towns, dramatic coastline and river valleys, the North York Moors offers the ultimate adventure. Join in the celebrations!

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Coxwold Village Market

Helmsley (6 miles, 10 km)

Sat 25 Apr 2020

Into its second year, the Coxwold Village Market is a food and craft market founded on a passion for the community, supporting independent businesses and the provenance of produce.

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Helmsley (1 miles, 1 km)

Mon 25 May 2020

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.

Bilsdale Agricultural Show

Bilsdale Agricultural Show

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Mon 31 Aug 2020

Bilsdale Agricultural Show: 31 Aug 2020