Le Tour comes to town!

With just over two weeks to go, excitement is starting to build for Le Tour de Yorkshire which will be coming to Helmsley on Sunday 1st May 2016. The official race caravan and entourage, followed by the peloton are expected around 1.24pm, en route from Middlesborough via the North York Moors and across to the East Coast, culminating at Scarborough.

As the crowds gather throughout the town, The Black Swan will be the perfect place to watch as the races passes through the market place, with a dedicated viewing area at the front of the hotel available for spectators. With the town decked in blue and yellow bunting and balloons, The Black Swan will also offer café style seating and an al fresco bar area for guests to enjoy refreshments, and snacks served from our award winning Tearoom.

The Black Swan is also delighted to host an art exhibition within the hotel of works by Lucy Pittaway, the official artist of the Tour de Yorkshire.

The Richmond-based pastel artist has been chosen as the official artist for this year’s race. A print of her colourful picture, entitled Hills, Dales and Woolly Tails, which depicts the excitement, endurance and tenacity of the race, set against the unique Yorkshire backdrop with an eager crowd of fluffy spectators will be on show in the hotel.

In addition to the official Tour picture, Lucy has extended her existing cycling range to include iconic visions of the local area and capture the spirit of the race within seven additional pictures that complement the official image, prints of many of which will be on display.

The Black Swan will also be joined by the Helmsley branch of the RNLI, the official charity of the Tour de Yorkshire, who will be based at the front of the hotel.

Once the race has passed, the street party atmosphere will continue with live music from our acoustic duo throughout the afternoon to help you relax and enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday weekend.

With so much to see and do, where better place to spend your Sunday afternoon?

Rustic ‘Red’ Luxe – Bridal Photo Shoot

We are so lucky to work with some fabulous wedding suppliers, so when we decided to stage our latest bridal campaign we were overwhelmed by the support and ideas from our creative team.

The Black Swan Hotel is an idyllic venue for a romantic country-inspired wedding. Its well-loved country charm, welcoming atmosphere and quaint English walled gardens, made it so easy for us to create a rustic-luxe themed photo shoot.

Our model James with his red-haired beauties, Zara, and Connor the Irish red setter, bring this theme to life with a touch of nostalgia. The evocative images are intimate, dream-like, and sometimes fun and light-hearted.

The timeless, informal elegance of the photography shoot mirrors the essence of this historic hotel venue – the smartly-tailored handsome groom James, in his Yorkshire tweeds and smartly polished brogues, along with his bride’s sweet, ethereal beauty and swan-like elegance make for a beautiful pairing, and Connor certainly adds a special appeal to the ‘family shots’.

The various settings demonstrate the hotel’s oak beamed ‘Tudor Lounge’ the hotel’s oldest part, with its original inglenook and the cosy stone-walled ‘Crosland Room’, as well as the pretty English walled gardens in which the new oak gazebo is located, which is now available for summer wedding ceremonies and celebrations.

We hope you enjoy looking at the images as much as we enjoyed shooting them! Enjoy 🙂

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The hotel would like to thank all those who offered their talents and goods, including models James, Zara, and Connor (and his lovely owner, Lorna Foster)

A creative team led by Annemarie King, award-winning photographer from York, are responsible for this photographic campaign. Two of Annemarie’s passions are showcased here as she is an award-winning photographer specialising in both country weddings and canine photography.

The shoot’s retro-inspired gowns which include the Alan Hannah’s “Tara” long lace gown, White Rose’s 50’s style gown, “R920”, “Am 242” and the flamboyant Cymbeline Pour un oui,  “Adele”, were kindly loaned by The Bridal Lounge, Northallerton, along with selected accessories.

Carters Country Wear provided the Tweed tailored outfit sported by groom, James.  Carters specialise in suits and country wear tailored with cloth from Saville Row and Yorkshire tweed mills, with a particular emphasis on country sportswear, they enjoy an international client who value their quality and highly personalised service.

The striking make-up and hairstyling of our ‘bride’ Zara, is by award-winning hair and make-up artist Kate Pymm, who based in the North East and works throughout the UK on a wide portfolio of projects including bridal hair and make up.

The sweet bouquets and simple floral arrangements with home-grown ‘grandma’s cottage garden blooms’ inspired by the rural-luxe theme, are all the creation of Liz Wood, at Busy Liz’s Floral Design of Kirkbymoorside.

Much of the jewellery was generously loaned by Libby Butler Jewellers, also located in Helmsley.

CAKE by Celebrate Country Cake Design, located in Helmsley’s Walled Gardens

PROPS by Fabulously Finished Events

CHAIR COVERS by Chair Covers of Yorkshire

Are you ready for the Tour de Yorkshire?

As the excitement builds for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire, we’d like to just remind you how very close the Tour de Yorkshire comes to The Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley.

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May 2015 will see the new 2.1 Europe Tour world-class cycle race take place across Yorkshire including parts of the county that the momentous Yorkshire Grand Départ didn’t visit. The format will see three full stages take place over the three days, with the first stage passing through Pickering, just 14 miles from Helmsley, on the first day.

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Marcel Kittel have been confirmed as two of the stars who will take part in the first ever Tour de Yorkshire. The 2012 Tour de France winner will lead his own Team WIGGINS developmental squad while the German sprinter will return to Yorkshire a year after wearing the first yellow jersey in Harrogate at the Tour de France 2014.

If you’d like to get up close and watch first hand this historic cycle race then we’re pleased to say that we do still have rooms available on Thursday 30th April and Friday 1st May.

For full details and more information on the Tour de Yorkshire, please click here to visit the office Tour de Yorkshire website.