Telling your own love story…

If you’re getting married in 2019, then why not make your wedding day the perfect love story…with our A Love Story – 2019 wedding offer.

Every bride and groom has a vision for their big day – whether that be an intimate occasion for just a few close friends and family, or an extravagant bonanza for a wider social circle. Whatever the vision though, the overriding theme is that they want something perfect to suit their particular desires – and ideally pulled together with minimal stress!

Our ‘A Love Story’ offer is designed to enable our guests to create the perfect wedding day for them – with the minimum amount of wedding worry thanks to all of the key elements being taken care of, allowing the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their special day.

After the initial glow of the proposal has faded, couples tend to draw up a list of the key requirements to ensure their wedding starts coming together. Have you got a venue? A photographer? Is music covered? Table plans and place cards? A cake?

When the list is first drawn up it can be a daunting one, with the level of organisation required to pull it off seemingly overwhelming…however, this is where our A Love Story wedding package really comes to the fore. We provide the basics so that our brides and grooms don’t have to!

So, what’s included?

Venue? Tick. Our Crosland Room, Garden Room and Tudor Lounge take care of that.

Photographer? Tick. We provide three hours of photography from local wedding specialist Emma Dodsworth.

Food and drink? Tick. A sumptuous three-course wedding breakfast is provided, along with coffee and a selection of canapés, as well as half a bottle of wine per person and a glass of prosecco for the toast, oh and not forgetting the evening buffet – that’s included too.

Table adornments? Tick. The package includes chair covers and ties, table cloths and table linen with our hotel candelabra available for table centres, while we also provide a table plan and place cards. You’ll just need to organise the flowers to add that final flourish.

Wedding cake? Tick. This is a chocolate sponge covered in white or ivory icing from Celebrate Country Cake Design, with a cake stand to showcase it and a knife to cut it.

Music? Tick. We provide a disco and DJ for your guests to dance the night away.

So that’s a brief run-down of the things we offer as part of the package, with plenty of other extras available on top of this, including a complimentary stay in one of our Feature rooms on the night of your wedding (with a full English breakfast too!).

In addition, we provide a personal wedding co-ordinator and Master of Ceremonies to plan and oversee your special day – helping to keep the wedding worry well and truly at bay.

For more information and for a detailed breakdown of what the A Love Story package entails, including costs please see here or get in touch via 01439 770466 or by emailing

Best things to do in Helmsley

Planning on visiting Helmsley? In the heart of the North York Moors, this town is home to a wide array of tourist attractions and opportunities for a fun family day out. From relaxing countryside strolls to educational tours, there is something on offer for every member of the family to enjoy.

Amongst many other unique attractions, Helmsley is home to the National Centre for Birds of Prey. You’ll be able to watch fantastic flying demonstrations with the likes of Burrowing Owls to Sea Eagles and many more – since this is home to the largest collection of birds of prey in the North of England! There are also plenty of other activities to keep the kids entertained, with a free ink stamp trail to take part in. You’ll also have the chance to go for a relaxing walk around the centre, with acres of woodland and parkland for you to enjoy.

Fancy an activity to challenge your mind? The Helmsley murder mystery treasure trail is sure to bring our your inner detective. This self-guided trail will send you on a mission to solve the clues that you’ll find on buildings, medieval streets and an array of unusual spots – before solving the great mystery! If you’re new to Helmsley, this is a great way to get to know the town in more depth, whilst team building with your family and friends.

If you’re intrigued by historical ruins, a visit to Rievaulx Abbey might be the ideal day out for you. Set in the midst of the North Yorkshire countryside, this Abbey is surrounded by stunning views and greenery. In the elegant museum, you’ll learn about the enchanting past of Rievaulx Abbey before it became the ruins as we know them today; as well as an insight into the monks who once lived there. If you’re a true historian, you might like to squeeze a second trip to one of Helmsley’s most historic monuments, Helmsley Castle. With the hands-on exhibition available for visitors, you’ll learn about Helmsley Castle during the Tudor period through to its existence and use during the Victorian era. Just a scenic walk away from Rievaulx Abbey, you can make a day of learning about Helmsley’s history.

For a day of tranquillity, Helmsley’s Walled Garden is the place to visit. Dating back to the 18th century, the Walled Gardens is a popular attraction due to its array of beautiful plants and flowers which guide a walking path – ideal for a relaxing stroll. Once you’ve made your way to the Vine House Café, you can unwind with a delicious slice of cake and cup of tea whilst overlooking the stunning gardens.

The horse riders amongst you will be glad to hear that Helmsley has its very own riding centre. What better place to ride a horse than around the stunning North York Moors? Helmsley also has a variety of splendid walking routes on offer, so you’ll never be short of something to enjoy.

Treat your loved one – dining at the Gallery

Whether it’s your anniversary, a loved one’s birthday or date night, you can’t beat a delicious, hearty meal with fresh, local produce. Here at the Black Swan, our Gallery Restaurant is the perfect setting for any occasion, and our range of menus on offer mean there’s something for everybody to enjoy.

Gallery by day and restaurant by night, our dually functional room provides entertainment for our guests at all hours of the day. During daytime, this room is home to Helmsley Galleries, showcasing many original pieces of artwork. This room is open daily and is designed to be enjoyed by our guests.

As the day merges into the evening, the Gallery is then transformed into an atmospheric restaurant. Choose from our A la Carte menu, which changes seasonally and features traditional favourites, to our Market menu (available Sunday to Thursday) which takes the nation’s favourite dishes and puts an upmarket, luxe twist on traditional plates. Whatever menu you choose, your taste-buds will be in for a treat.

Fancy jazzing up your meal with a glass of wine? Our wine list offers over 200 different varieties – so we’re sure to have something to everybody’s taste. Each wine has been carefully selected to provide our guests with the best quality possible; they are then stored in our cellar. If you don’t know your wines from your beers, don’t worry – our restaurant team are happy to provide assistance in finding the right wine for you.

A truly unique restaurant, you’ll enjoy more than just a sumptuous feast – you’ll also get to view some of the North’s most important art collections! So polish up your boots and iron your best shirt, and come to join us for a fine dining experience at The Gallery! For more information about booking, see here.