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Take a dip in Helmsley this summer – ways to enjoy the water in Britain’s Best Market Town

Summer is finally here – hurrah!

As the mercury rises, it generally brings with it an overwhelming urge to get our feet wet – there’s nothing more refreshing than a dip on a scorching day!

In Helmsley we’ve plenty to offer if you fancy taking a plunge or having a bit of a paddle – or just sitting by the water with a picnic or a good book listening to the sound of a babbling brook…

  1. Feel refreshed at Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool


We’re very lucky to have one of the few open air pools left in the UK – and we love it! Opening around June each year, it’s a great way to cool down on a sunny day. However, it is heated so it’s also great to enjoy on a cooler day too! With changing rooms and warm showers, there’s everything you need on site. Contact the pool ahead of your visit to check it is open (in some weather conditions it may need to close) and what sessions are running that day – it offers adult only, fun play sessions and open swimming for all. For more information about Helmsley Open Air Swimming Pool got to 
Helmsley Sports.

  1. Recreate 100 days in Provence with poolside dining at the Feversham Arms
    Feversham Arms

Feversham Arms offers an award-winning spa, and its beautiful outdoor heated pool is a big hit with spa-goers and hotel residents alike. There’s also a hot tub Jacuzzi with views reaching over to Helmsley Castle – bliss. In the summer the Mediterranean style courtyard is a great place to enjoy an al fresco lunch. It’s just like you’ve been whisked away to an exotic location (which of course Helmsley is!)

  1. Go paddling in Borobeck

Borobeck runs right through the middle of Helmsley. In Spring, it is surrounded by gorgeous daffodils, and in Summer you’ll often find families down there paddling and playing in the gentle stream. It’s a picturesque spot for a picnic too!

  1. Enjoy the peace at the Duncombe Park cascades

The Duncombe Park Estate is a beautiful place for a walk or a picnic, and the River Rye runs right through it. Go sit by the weir and watch what is known locally as The Cascade. Take a picnic, skim stones, have a paddle – the world is your oyster! Duncombe Park is also home to the
National Centre for Birds of Prey – so why not combine it with a visit to see a flying display or two?

  1. Ensuring you keep hydrated in the sunshine…

If you don’t fancy dipping your toes in the water, we’re pretty sure this is a way everyone can enjoy our local water…a visit to the brewery! Helmsley Brewing Co has created a range of delicious craft beers (using local water of course!) including Helmsley Honey and Yorkshire Legend. Definitely one for drinking – not swimming in!

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