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Motorhomes welcome! How to make the most of your overnight stop in Helmsley

We were very excited recently to announce the unveiling of six free overnight motorhome parking spaces in Helmsley.

The Helmsley in Business group has been campaigning for these for a long time. We want to make parking affordable, flexible and practical for visitors, and listening to feedback from tourists, we realised many motorhome owners were having to dash off before they were ready.

The spaces are situated in the long stay Cleveland Way car park, within the overflow section, and are free of charge from 6.30pm to 9am.

So, we are looking forward to welcoming many more motorhome owners to town over the coming months! But what should a visitor to Helmsley do on an evening?

Eating and drinking usually tops our list, and we’re sure we’re not alone! What is a holiday if you can’t treat yourself every once in a while? And you’ll be spoilt for choice in Helmsley.

If you fancy fish and chips, Scotts takes some beating. It has a lovely, modern restaurant with plenty of space, or you can choose a takeaway to enjoy while strolling round town, watching the world go by sat in the Market Place, or in the comfort of your own motorhome.

Gepettos Italian restaurant cooks up a storm under the watchful eye of chef and owner Francois Strydom. From the freshest of pasta dishes and pizzas loaded with toppings to a range of daily specials, it’s well worth a visit, and is very family friendly.

We do pub grub well in Helmsley too – why not try The Feathers or the Royal Oak, both conveniently situated in the centre of town. In fact, their close proximity means you should really try both for a leisurely drink too!

If you want something extra special, The Black Swan Hotel and the Feversham Arms offer the finest of fine dining. The Gallery restaurant at the Black Swan is exactly that – an art gallery – so you can admire the beautiful artwork whilst enjoying something delicious from the a la carte menu, or the stunning tasting menu created by head chef Alan Kane. The Weathervane at the Feversham also offers a delectable six course tasting menu – or how about its Bloody Good Cuts of Meat to share – cooked to your liking and carved at your table. If you don’t want to eat, both have lovely bar areas to sit back and enjoy a drink in – maybe even a cocktail or two!

Perhaps you just want to stock up on a few bits to take back to your motorhome or enjoy as a picnic? Not a problem. We have two wonderful butchers in town for the nicest cuts of meat, the freshest of greengrocers, three bakeries which create the most wonderful smell of baking goodies, and two wonderful delis – one of which was named Britain’s Best Small Shop.

If you fancy a drink before retiring for the evening, you must try Helmsley Brewing Co. Brewing its own local craft beers, such as Striding the Riding or Helmsley Honey, it’s a great place to see what goes on at a brewery whilst enjoying a tipple or two. It’s also the ideal place to meet some locals grabbing a quick pint and a catch up on local news!

If you fancy a spot of entertainment, you should check out what’s on at the Helmsley Arts Centre. With cinema, theatre, music, exhibitions and lectures, there’s always sometimes going on.

With so much to do – you may need to book in another trip!

Hope to see you soon…

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