Welcome to Helmsley

"Visit Helmsley" is the official website for "Helmsley in Business". We are a group committed to promoting the beautiful market town of Helmsley, the only market town located within the boundary of the North York Moors National Park.

Our membership is varied, incorporating pubs, hotels, tourist attractions, cafés, restaurants and retailers including boutiques, delis, galleries, salons and gift shops. We offer quality accommodation, good transport links and plenty of interesting and unique things to do; whether you are looking for good food, shopping and relaxation, or if you are looking for action and adventure!

Watch out for the "Free WiFi" icon for all businesses in Helmsley that offer that valuable facility and look here for a Business Map. If you want to get in touch with the Committee for Helmsley in Business, please use this email address: enquiries@visithelmsley.co.uk.

Our Featured Business: Viva Hair

Viva Hair of Helmsley offers a wide range of friendly and professional services for all the family.

We use WELLA products for our technical procedures and sell a huge range of retail products that you can take away and use at home to create that "salon" look. Owner Mandy Silk runs the business with her dedicated team of stylists and she works in the salon on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Manageress Kirsty has been with the team for 12 years after coming on work experience from school. Kirsty has an amazing talent with hair and after completing her apprenticeship went on to become a tutor and assessor at York College, whilst working part-time in the salon. She now works full-time, Monday to Friday.

Mary is our most experienced senior stylist and has been with us since 1985. She has a great knowledge and dedication to the job, resulting in a long list of loyal clients. Mary works on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Lesley, who retrained in hairdressing after a career in nursing, has built up a good client base and is a very valuable member of the team. Lesley works Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

We would also like to welcome Chloe as our new apprentice.

Take a look around our salon:

Special Introductory Offer:
Blow dry or shampoo & set for £5 with Chloe.
This is offered under full supervision from a Senior member of staff.
Subject to availability. Wed-Sat only.
Call 01439 770 325 | Viva Hair, 8 Barkers Yard, Helmsley.

Britain's Top 20 Best Places to Raise a Family

Helmsley has featured in the Daily Telegraph, in a secion focussed on the Top 20 Places to Raise a Family in Britain. Helmsley came in at Number 11, which is a fantasic advert for the town. Skipton came in at number 8 and no other Yorkshire locations featured in the Top 20!

See the article here.

The article says, "The market town of Helmsley has a recently opened, proper, old-fashioned sweet shop, with row upon row of jars filled with all the old favourites," explains Ben Pridden of Savills York. If you are reluctant to see your offspring stuffing themselves with humbugs and liquorice allsorts, there are plenty of alternative attractions. Try the riding school in the grounds of the Duncombe Park Estate, or the doll's house collection at Nunnington Hall. The surrounding moors are ripe for roaming, too.

Selection of Events @ Helmsley Arts Centre
  • 26 October 2014
    Bolshoi Ballet Live: The Legend of Love

    This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence.

  • 8 November 2014

    We welcome talented young jazz musicians in a second visit from the performance training programme at Sage Gateshead, which provides access to world-class specialist training to young people.

  • 9 November 2014

    In August 1814 the US army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. The President and his wife have just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House....

  • 16 November 2014

    Lucy Russell violin Marcus Barcham-Stevens violin Alan George viola Heather Tuach cello Now well into its fifth decade, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet is one of the longest established string quartets....

Small Business Saturday 2014

Small Business Saturday will take place this year on Saturday 6th December. As we get closer we will post more information about planned events on our dedicated page, here.

Magna Carta: 800 Years (2015)

The official website details the plans that towns & villages are making to celebrate 800 or more years of their history in 2015. Click here for Helmsley's page.

From the "Magne Carta Barons" website:
The names of the twenty-five barons elected as sureties or guarantors of Magna Carta are now part of the historical record.

Their lives and achievements have been well documented and, rightly or wrongly, many people proudly claim descent from them. Yet these men were very much a product of those unsettled times. They were the aristocratic elite of Anglo-Norman society, holding large swathes of land from the king, particularly in the North of England and East Anglia.

Each baron had at least one barony that was made up of a number of fees or manors, and one manor in particular was the caput onouris, the chief manor. Eight centuries later, unsurprisingly, few of the barons' descendants are connected with the communities that developed on these manors.

HiB Membership
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We have an active Twitter feed with over 2,600 followers which will keep you up-to-speed with everything going on in and around Helmsley. Please join us on Twitter by choosing to "Follow" @VisitHelmsley.

Remember not all businesses and organisations in Helmsley are members of Helmsley in Business (HiB).

So if you are looking for that little extra or something different, look out for the HiB logo to identify HiB member organisations.

Or failing that, just ask!

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