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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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What's on near Helmsley

Christmas at Yorkshire Lavender

Shop for Christmas

Malton (9 miles, 14 km)

Thu 23 Nov 2017

For the first time we'll be opening the shop for Christmas at Yorkshire Lavender Christmas Lavender Gift Sets, Lavender Food Hampers, Fragrance Hampers, stocking fillers

Ampleforth Village Market

Ampleforth Village Market

Helmsley (4 miles, 6 km)

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Come along and support a varied selection of local businesses selling their wares. 30+ stalls selling everything from the finest food to titivate the tastebuds, to arts and crafts to inspire you.

Winter Owl Evening

Winter Owl Evening

Helmsley (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 25 Nov 2017

Wrap up warm and join us for magical “must-do” evening event with the world’s most famous nocturnal birds!

Helmsley's Annual Christmas Tree Festival

Helmsley's Annual Christmas Tree Festival

Helmsley (4 miles, 7 km)

Fri 1 - Sun 17 Dec 2017

Helmsley’s annual Christmas Tree Festival will run again in 2017, this year following the theme of ‘stars’. Thirty individually and uniquely decorated trees will adorn the town’s historic All Saints Church from 2nd to 17th December.

Helmsley Market Place

Helmsley's Big Switch On

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 2 Dec 2017

The Big Switch On of the Christmas lights will be performed by TV star the Yorkshire Vet, along with games, music, festive food and drink, late night shopping and the first public opening of Helmsley’s annual Christmas tree festival.

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.

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.

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.