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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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Christmas magic

Christmas through the ages

York (5 miles, 7 km)

Fri 6 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Come and enjoy the house decorated for Christmas through the ages.

Art for Christmas community exhibition

Art for Christmas – Community Exhibition

Helmsley (4 miles, 7 km)

Sat 7 Dec 2019

The Art for Christmas exhibition is a creative platform for artists to showcase a mixed media of work, and celebrates the best arts and crafts from Yorkshire and beyond.

Christmas Through Time

Christmas Through Time

Kirkbymoorside (7 miles, 11 km)

Sat 7 Dec 2019

From celebrations during the Iron Age, through to make-do festivities in the Second World War, join us to discover more about the changing traditions of Christmas.

A Winter Challenge

Willow Weaving Workshop: Christmas Decorations

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Looking for an innovative way to decorate your home at Christmas?

Coxwold Village Market Poster

Coxwold Village Market

Helmsley (6 miles, 10 km)

Sun 22 Dec 2019

With over 35 varied stalls, free carparking behind the village hall and both indoor and outdoor stalls, the Coxwold Village Market is the place to visit to find something truly unique and locally produced.

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.