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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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Dark Skies

Dark Skies Festival

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 15 Feb - Sun 3 Mar 2019

A star-filled sky is one of nature's most natural wonders! But they’re become harder than ever to experience. In an urban area you’ll be lucky to see 20 stars on a clear night but in an area of low light pollution, such as in our National P

Nest Fest at Nunnington Hall

Nest Fest

York (5 miles, 7 km)

Sat 23 Feb - Sun 3 Mar 2019

Head outdoors to follow the ‘Hetty the hibernating hedgehog’ trail, and get ready for spring by making a bird box or building a bug hotel for the smallest of critters in your garden.

Stargazing at Ryedale Folk Museum

Stargazing - Dark Skies Festival

Kirkbymoorside (7 miles, 11 km)

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects that reside far away from Earth within our Milky Way galaxy and even beyond, best observed through a large telescope.

Aris Quartet

Aris Quartet

Helmsley (0 miles, 0 km)

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Haydn – Sunrise Quartet in B flat major (op. 76, no. 4) Janácek – String Quartet no. 1 Kreutzer Sonata Dvorák – Quartet no. 13 in G major (op. 106)

Kirkbymoorside 10k Race

Kirkbymoorside 10k

Kirkbymoorside (5 miles, 9 km)

Sun 5 May 2019

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British Falconry & Raptor Fair

British Falconry & Raptor Fair

Helmsley (1 miles, 1 km)

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

Held within the centre on June 29th and June 30th 2019, the fair is the biggest event of its type.

Ryedale Show

Ryedale Show

Kirkbymoorside (4 miles, 7 km)

Tue 30 Jul 2019

The Ryedale Show was established in 1855 and is a traditional Agricultural Show renowned for its very high standard of entries in all Sections and Trade Stands that attend in ever growing numbers each year.

Bilsdale Agricultural Show

Bilsdale Show

Helmsley (7 miles, 11 km)

Sat 31 Aug 2019

In the heart of the beautiful valley of Bilsdale, the 109th Bilsdale Show will be taking place on Saturday 31st August 2019.