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Explore the villages

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Howardian Hills Walking

Howardian Hills AONB

York Parking Rawcliff Bar is our park & ride

Open Gardens. Explore village gardens

Pictures of Yearsley Woods

Walking/cycling Yearsley woods round the corner


EV charging stations

Local taxi services



Family Attractions <30 miles

steamPickering steam railway through the moors. Steam or diesel to Goathland, some trains may go through to Whitby


Helmsley: National Birds of Prey centre. Situated in the beautiful and private Duncombe Park


Helmsley: Gateway to the moors, shops, restaurants & cafes, theatre, open air pool, brewery, walking, castle


Mouseman of Kilburn, visitor centre of the renowned cabinet maker. Good pub next door. Great walks from The White Horse of Kilburn


Thirsk: World of James Herriot, excellent experience even after all these years. Lovely town and market place to explore and the 'upstairs downstairs' deli.


Matthewsons 'Bangers & Cash' at Thornton le Dale. Lovely village and auto museum.


Flamingoland, between Malton an Pickering. Like tired children? then take them here!


Brimham Rocks near Harrogate. Great day for the children and their parents.



Eden Camp. Award winning museum. Former POW camp. Go back to WW1 in 1945.


Whitby: famous for Dracula's arrival, busy shopping streets, fish & chips and a quaint harbour.


Hutton le Hole: beautiful moors village, great pub next door and Ryedale Folk Museum ***We love to picknick on the grass beside the beck.


Bempton Cliffs. Nearly half a million seabirds on towering cliffs, we're one of the UK's top wildlife spectacles!


Monk Park animal farm. Children love this, nearby at Thirsk


Creepie Crawlies (The Web) play park. Tire out the kids on a wet day. You pass it going into York from here


Yorkshire Air museum, Elvington airfield south of York.


Brave kids?..... try this then! Also in Dalby Forest are many lovely walking routes, and bike riding/hire

stargazing Dark Skies: meet at various venues incl Dalby, Sutton Bank, Helmsley etc for stargazing and night walks.


Shacken Bridge horse trecking. 3 miles out of Helmsley in stunning Bilsdale.



20 acres of colourful garden near York, highly appraised by Monty Don.


Adventures of the Soul, dark skies and day walks provided by Alison who is based here at Warren House Farm.

skeletonYork for the family by Tripadvisor. Lots of great ideas for York and the Moors.

fullerRober Fuller wildlife artist. So talented, visit his gallery in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds.

bikehireBicycle hire at Sutton Bank. Great routes to follow, full or half day.


Dalby Forest cycle hire and trails. Mountain, electric or accessible





York maize maze, great fun for the children as well as the maze

The Yorkshire Post. See whats on just now.

Theatre, music, cinema, comedy, dance and exhibitions

Dalby Forest segway hire and trails


The Forbidden Corner, it is unique! Bit of a way off but in beautiful Middleham on the edge of the Dales









What to do with bored children? visit this website for things to do around York

York Minster the heart of York for 1000 years

The York Dungeon Beware! scary for young & old

National Railway Museum

Jorvik Viking Museum actual Viking streets from 1000 years ago.

Yorkshire Air Museum. Interesting place for the family.

Ghost Walks Very informative as well as scary!

York Boat River trips with commentary.

Bettys Cafe The mother of all tearooms

Walk Around the City Walls. The walls go all the way round

Fairfax House The finest Georgian Townhouse in England

Castle Museum. Large museum, active exhibits,live streets

Breezy Knees: THE Flower Garden of York. 20 acres of colour and design.

York for the family by Tripadvisor. Lots of great ideas for York and around


Guide to car parking in York. Rawcliffe Bar is our park and ride.




Great Yorkshire heritage all within 30 miles!


Helmsley Walled Garden

Built in 1759, the garden sits beneath the imposing ruins of Helmsley Castle and has been welcoming visitors to North Yorkshire for over 30 years. delicious lunch or coffee and homemade cake at The Vine House Café

Castle Howard

Owner occupied. Only 8 miles away.Besides the house there are extensive grounds, walled garden, adventure playground, garden centre, arboretum and many special events

Nunnington Hall

NT. Beautifully situated beside the river Rye. Home to the Carlisle Collectio of miniature rooms. Many special events throughout the year.

Helmsley Castle

EH. 900 years of history takes the castle from a fortress to a Tudor mansion, civil war stronghold and a romantic victorian ruin. Minutes walk from Helmsley Walled Garden

Rievaulx Abbey

EH. Began in 1131ad by Walter Espec of Helmsley Castle. See the history of one of Englands most powerful monastries. Set in a stunning location by the Rye.

Rievaulx Terrace

NT. 18th century landscape of rievaulx Terrace, Ionic temple, preserved interior of the Tuscan temple

Byland Abbey

EH. Began in 1135ad as a Savigniac abbey and changed to the Cistercians in 1147ad. many interesting artifacts. It inspired the Rose window at York. Free entry!

Benningborough Hall


NT.Italian inspired hall, hung with many masterpieces. 8 acres of gardens, walled kitchen garden and autumn border. This side ofYork.

Newby Hall

Adams style house, wonderful borders and gardens, miniature steam railway and many good special events.

Fountains Abbey

NT. Like Rievaulx this was founded by the Cistertians in 1132ad. Stunnng location in the valley with walks along the water gardens of Studley Royal deerpark. Near Ripon

Sledmere House

A day in the Wolds. Owner occupied.Take a drive to Malton and then over our wide open Yorkshire Wolds to Sledmere House. Capability Brown, Chippendale, Sheraton, Louis and well preserved village. Afterwards carry on and explore Beverley and it's minster.

Scampston Hall

Scampston Walled Garden is a beautiful contemporary garden, quite unlike any other. Designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and featuring modern, perennial meadow planting alongside more traditional areas. Only the other side of Malton.




Restaurants - Pubs- Fish & Chips - Take aways-Tearooms

The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East

Idylic setting. New orangery with the beck (stream) running past. Food & menu very good.

3 miles

The Durham Ox, Crayke

Good modern menu, excellent food, suitable for good appetites. Lovely old pub. Recommended.

3 miles

The White Bear, Stillington

Traditional pub food and bar easy pricing. You will be well looked after here. Plenty of locals in.

3 miles

White Swan, Ampleforth

Good pub, good food, good menu. Very popular. Recommended. Sorry, this has closed down and for sale.

5 miles

Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold

Food very good, small menu but very locally sourced. Cosy old pub and open fire. Pretty village.

5 miles

The Abbey Inn, Byland Abbey

Also managed by Michelin starred Tommy Banks from neighbouring Oldstead pub but on an exciting but more modest menu.

8 miles

Feathers Hotel, Helmsley

Nice old pub in centre of the market place, I love to sit on the bench outside with a pint and watch the world go by.

8 miles

La Trattoria, Helmsley

Exceptional Italian restaurant. Full authentic menu. Tip, book well ahead!

8 miles

The Star Inn, Harome

Michelin star. Bit more expensive but well worth the price. Beautiful low thatched pub. They do cheaper but imaginative lunches. Well worth a treat. Recommended ***

10 miles

The Crown Inn Hutton le Hole

Really good pub lunches. Beautiful moor village, sheep grazing the grass. Perhaps take a picknick and a rug and let the kids play in the beck. Also Ryedale folk museum next door to the pub.

15 miles

Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham

Old beams, good beer, open fire and great food. Beautiful walk around the adjacent heather moor. Live music jamming nights.

17 miles

Black Swan, Oldstead

Tommy Banks' Michelin restaurant, trip advisor 'best in the world'. Top class cuisine.

8 miles



Helmsley has: market day Friday, quality clothes shops, several pubs/restaurants, sit oustside The Feathers with a drink, fish & chips, brewery, castle, Birds of Prey centre, cafes galore, the Cleveland Way, Duncombe Park.

8 miles


The George hotel, and several eating pubs, take aways - curry, chinese, pizzas, plenty of cafes, good off licence. Lovely Georgian market place to sit and watch the activity, live music on Sat afternoons in the summer.

Food Station Pizzas, burgers etc

6 miles

Fish and chips

Thirsk White Horse t/a or sit in


Helmsley Deepblue fisheries t/a or sit in

Easingwold t/a

Huby t/a



Huby: New Inn Cantonese Restaurant, recommended ***, t/a or sit in


Thirsk: Hung Moey

Easingwold:Yans Place t/a cash only (no link) good regular take away.


Beadlam Farm Shop and restaurant

A mile past Helmsley. Recommended ***

9 miles

Coxwold Tearooms

Quaint and cosy

5 miles

Thirsk garden centre and restaurant

Smart centre and very popular

10 miles



Special events month by month in 2024

Sustainably within 30 miles of our cottages

Wild flower picking at Helmsley

Hope it's on again in 2024

Living North magazine, see what's on

This month


North York Moors Events Such an extensive range of activities all within 30 miles away

All year

NY car events

All year

The Yorkshire Brick Show on the Knavesmire

April 13th & 14th

Newburgh Priory plant fair

April 14th Sunday

Yorkshire Voices at Newby Hall, Ripon

April 21 Sunday


Harrogate Flower Show Fantastic three day show for garden lovers

April 25th - 28th 2024


Sports Cars in the Park

Newby Hall, perhaps 1000 will turn up


May Sunday 5th

Duncombe Park Country Fair in the grounds of Duncombe Park at Helmsley

May 6th Bank Holiday Monday 2024

Scampston Hall country & game fair

May 18th &19th

Malton Food Festival, over 100 stalls and food vendors

May 25th to 27th

Scampston Hall Plant fair

June 2nd Sunday

Tractor Fest, Newby Hall 1000+ tractors, stat engines, cars, trucks motorbikes.

June 8th & 9th

Scampston Hall, modified car show, near Malton

June 16th Sunday

Duncombe Park steam fair, Helmsley

July 6th & 7th

Generation Groove Band, Newby Hall, 1.00 to 3.00

July 7th Sunday

The Great Yorkshire Show tickets need to be pre booked some time before

July 9th to 12th

Rockinalloverthewold. 1.30 to 9pm live rock bands free in Easingwold market place, then till late in pubs. For charity.

July 13th Saturday


Knot Another Choir, Newby Hall, 1.00 to 3.00

July 20th Saturday

Historic Vehicle Rally, Newby Hall.

July 21st Sunday

Kaiser Chiefs, York racecourse

July 26th Friday

Aldborough & Boroughbridge Agricultural show.

July 28th Sunday

Bangers & Cash live at Scampston Hall

August 10th & 11th

Hamlet, Lord Chamberlain's Men, Newby Hall, 19.00 to 21.00

August 16th Friday

York races Great Ebor Meeting, Ascot of the north.

August 21st-24th

Fireworks Championship, Newby Hall, 18.00 till 22.30

August 24th Sunday

Newburgh Priory plant fair

August 26th Monday Bank Holiday

Autumn Harrogate flower show at Newby Hall

September 13th to 15th September

The World Jam Festival,Harome near Helmsley

September 22nd Sunday

Malton Autumn food festival

October 5th & 6th

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