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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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Kirkbymoorside Market

Kirkbymoorside (5 miles, 9 km)

Wed 26 Sep 2018

Kirkbymoorside Market is held every Wednesday 'on the cobbles' of the main street of this historic market town which is situated halfway between Thirsk and Scarborough, on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Helmsley Market

Helmsley Market

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 28 Sep 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.

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.

Yuletide Museum at Night

Yuletide Museum at Night

Kirkbymoorside (7 miles, 11 km)

Fri 30 Nov 2018

A rare chance to visit a selection of the Museum’s atmospheric buildings at night – all ready for Christmas.