Activities in the Area   

Looking for things to do during your stay or to keep the children entertained? Well why not give a few of these a go.



Yorkshire Outdoors

Off road 4 x 4, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, segways. Opening hours:  Monday-Saturday: 08:00 – 18:00

Contact Yorkshire Outdoors: Felixkirk, Thirsk, YO7 2DP

Phone 01845 537766


Bilsdale Riding School

Set in the stunning North York Moors and with an extensive network of bridle ways and green lanes around Bilsdale Riding Centre you are provided with possibly some of the best riding country in the UK! Whether you go out onto the amazing heather moorland, through the forestry or across to the local village you will find amazing views in all directions and wildlife in abundance.

Hacks are usually one hour £25, half a day 2 hours at £35 or a full day with 4 hours riding at £75 

Bilsdale Riding Centre, Hawnby, YO62 5LT

Phone: 01439 798225

Helmsley public open air swimming pool

Yorkshire’s only 25m heated open air pool. They are a charity providing affordable outdoor swimming and a ‘holiday atmosphere’ to our local community and many visitors.

Open everyday (weather permitting) from Saturday 9th June until Sunday 2nd September 2018, Saturday 8thJune to 1stSeptember 2019

Adults only 11.15 – 13.00pm

Fun Session 13.15 – 15.00 pm

Open Swim 15.15 – 19.00pm

Baxton’s Sprunt, Helmsley, YO62 5HT

Phone 01439 408010


Malton Cinema 

A family owned and run cinema showing the latest release family and quality films for a discerning audience. The Palace Cinema has state-of-the-art digital projection.

Phone number Box Office 01653 600 008 Address: – Palace Cinema, Chancery Lane, Malton, North Yorkshire. YO17 7HW


Sutton Bank bike hire

Please make sure you take along some Photo ID (Passport or Driving Licence) as security.

Card payments are accepted

Helmet, inner tube, levers & pump are loaned as part of the hire charge

All bikes are to be returned by 5pm each day

To avoid disappointment we would always advise calling to reserve your bikes before the day – 01845 597759  A170, Yo7 2EH


Right on the door step in Helmsley you can find some fantastic walks.

Helmsley to Rievaulx

The route from the market town of Helmsley to Rievaulx Abbey is a well-trodden one, but it never loses its capacity to delight and inspire. This 7-mile circular route climbs gently for sweeping views of town and castle before dropping down through charming bluebell woods to reach the peaceful village and tranquil ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. Either return the same way, or complete a circuit – and take in more stupendous views – via dramatically sited Rievaulx Terrace and Griff Farm, high above the abbey.

Duncombe Park

The walk starts from Helmsley, an old market town in the North York Moors with an array of interesting independent shops, historic buildings and quaint cottages. It is certainly worth spending some time here either before or after the walk. The route then goes up the main driveway to Duncombe Park, with open parkland and extensive views of both Helmsley and the surrounding North Yorkshire Moors.The route passes through some more parkland before entering woodland which skirts the outside of the estate.

The impressive view of Duncombe Park House can be seen from the woodland. The route eventually leads to the scenic and tranquil River Rye, where a number of different species of birds can be seen, e.g. kingfishers and woodpeckers. The route gradually leaves the riverside and there is a series of steps which takes the walker back to the main drive, where it is a short walk back to the start.


Birds of Prey Centre

The National Centre for Birds of Prey (NCBP) is a new visitor attraction situated at the magnificent Duncombe Park estate in Helmsley.

They are open to visitors 7 days a week (including Sundays and Bank Holidays) from 10am. They open every day from 28th January until 24th December.

Many of the birds take to the skies in our spectacular flying demonstrations or are part of important breeding projects. From the tiny terrestrial Burrowing Owl to the mighty and majestic Steller’s Sea Eagle the National Centre for Birds of Prey houses the largest collection of birds of prey in the north of England.

 Duncombe Park, Helmsley, York YO62 5EB

Phone 0844 742 2035

Yorkshire Gliding Club

 A First Flight Experience a great way to try something new and experience the delights of soaring flight, or maybe you’d just like to take in the view from £99

Many more activities on offer.

Sutton Bank, Thirsk, North Yorkshire , YO7 2EY

 Phone: 01845 597237


Kirkbymoorside Golf Club

Open 7 days a week – Green fees start from £26 – £35

Manor Vale, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, YO62 6EG

Phone   01751 430402

Steam Railway Pickering

The North Yorkshire Moor Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s amazing scenery at this must-see visitor attraction.

Daily running from beginning of April to the end of October. For the latest travel information, news, events and prices check before visiting.

Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

Yorkshire Lavender

 Yorkshire Lavender now has hundreds of different lavenderand herb varieties to admire around the lavender farm and to buy in their specialist plant nursery. In summer, the lavender with its stunning array of different colours, from white through a complete range of blues, lilacs to magnificent deep purples, along with the range of distinct and heady scents, is a wonderful experience.

Terrington, York YO60 6PB

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden, five tranquil acres. Stunningly located at the foot of the North York Moors and in the shadow of the historic Helmsley Castle, this 250 year old walled garden, lovingly brought back to life from dereliction has been a visitor attraction for over twenty years.

Come and learn the story of the walled garden, talk to the dedicated staff and volunteers who work here and browse for your favourite plants from the garden at our plant centre.Then relax over coffee or a meal in the Vine House Café

Cleveland Way, Helmsley, YO62 5AH

Phone 01439 771427


Who can resist a trip to the seaside for an ice cream or fish and chips!!

Whitby town is an ancient and beautiful sea port, surrounded by the magnificent countryside of the North York Moors National Park. Explore the Heritage Coast, to discover quaint fishing villages such as Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay clinging to the steep cliffs to the north and south of Whitby. Moving inland, the breathtaking moorland vistas surrounding our upland villages, such as Goathland, Danby and Castleton, contrast with the gentler, more pastoral setting of the villages on the banks of the River Esk, such as Lealholm and Egton Bridge.

Dalby Forest

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees tops or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at the Go Ape page.

Based just a short walk from Adderstone Field and the World Cup Car Park Dalby Activity Centre can host an exciting day or half day of outdoor activities and/or paintball

Heading out to try a range of bike trails around the forest? Drop into Dalby Bike Barn for cycles, repairs, courses and bike advice. Contact Dalby Bike Barn on 01751 460049.  You can also hire electric bikes, perfect for exploring the forest drive or green cycle routes.


Castle Howard

The gardens are open year round with seasonal highlights to admire whenever you visit. Explore 1,000 acres of parkland with meandering woodland paths, lakeside terraces, temples, fountains and a walled garden which are beautiful at any time of year.

Admire sumptuous bedrooms, great halls and lavish state rooms furnished with world renowned works of art. Friendly and knowledgeable guides share our history and stories as you enjoy the house at your own pace.Tickets must be bought before midnight the day before your visit.
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

Helmsley Arts Centre Box Office, The Old Meeting House

Showing new cinema releases, live theatre performances, comedy shows – early bar meals available from 6.00pm at The Pheasant Hotel

Box Office Telephone: 01439 771700

All tickets should be paid for at the time of booking.

Please have your credit card (Visa/Mastercard/Switch) ready when you call.

Box Office Opening Times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 3pm,  Friday, 10am – 2pm and Saturday 10am to 12noon (Term time) 


Helmsley Arts Centre Box Office, The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, York YO62 5DW