Bank Holiday Fun

Looking for a peaceful and tranquil location to spend your Bank Holiday? Whether you’re unwinding in our gardens or taking a stroll on one of the many walking trails in Helmsley, you won’t be short of options. In Helmsley, you can make your Bank Holiday exactly as you’d like it, with many relaxing and fun activities on offer.

Looking for a break away, but don’t want to leave your pup behind? Here at the Black Swan, we welcome all dogs so you’ll never have to worry about leaving them behind. You and your pup can also enjoy one of many of the North York Moors walking routes, allowing you to get some exercise whilst also taking in the breath-taking surrounds. There are walks of different lengths, from under-3 mile strolls to a full 7-mile walk for the more intrepid – the choice is yours! With historical artefacts and woodlands, these walks are for those who really appreciate the outdoors.

If walking isn’t your thing, there are many other activities for you and the family nearby. From horse riding and cycling to water sports and golf, the North York Moors offer a whole range of fun ventures for everybody to enjoy. Looking to extend your trip? We have a variety of bespoke bedrooms available, from relaxing individually designed Classic Bedrooms to our luxurious Junior Suite – an option that’s sure to make your Bank Holiday truly special.

If you’re a nature lover, the National Centre for Birds of Prey is the place for you. You’ll have the opportunity to experience fascinating flying demonstrations whilst taking a look at some of the UK’s most intriguing airborne creatures, including the Burrowing Owl. You’ll also have fun in the ink stamp trail, or perhaps you’d prefer to take a stroll in the 300 acres of woodland that the park has to offer. Alternatively, for those who appreciate the beauty of greenery and flowers, visit the Helmsley Walled Garden to open your eyes to the best bits of Yorkshire’s stunning countryside. 

You’ll also have the chance to relax in the Vine House Café, which offers some of Yorkshire’s finest delicacies.

Afternoon Tea is archetypally British and therefore, on a British Bank Holiday, it only seems appropriate to indulge in one. At the Black Swan, you can enjoy the ultimate Afternoon Tea, consisting of dainty finger sandwiches, sweet scones and a delicate selection of desserts. This can be enjoyed in the beauty of our gardens, where you’ll be surrounded by peace and relaxation.

Join the gin trend

Our Just the Tonic offer is perfect for all of you gin lovers. The ideal Summer’s evening drink, gin and tonic, is enjoyed by many all across the globe. The ever-growing popularity of gin inspired us to bring you a special break away which includes a complimentary refreshing G&T.

Before being treated to a hearty breakfast, you and your friends will enjoy an expertly made gin and tonic; you can either sip your cocktail in our sociable Cygnet bar or sit back and relax in our scenic gardens – the choice is entirely yours! When you’re ready for dinner, you’ll be welcomed into The Gallery Restaurant; a unique room which transforms from an art gallery during the day time to a relaxing restaurant during the evening. Here, you’ll enjoy a three-course meal from our Market Menu, featuring some of the nation’s favourite dishes including Steak Tartare, Pork Belly and Crème Brulee.

When you’ve indulged in a delicious feast, you’ll unwind in one of our Classic bedrooms. Located in the garden wing of the hotel, these rooms are perfect for those who prefer peace and quiet. A combination of luxury and comfort, our Classic rooms are ideal for a short break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Each room is individually decorated, with colours and designs inspired by the seasons.

The luxury doesn’t end there! In the morning, you’ll be presented with a Full Yorkshire Breakfast to finish your stay. This is also the perfect opportunity for those who live further afield to try a local favourite, with fresh, locally sourced produce. So, if you’re a lover of gin, be sure to book soon – this offer ends in September!

For more information about booking, click here.

White Rose Awards Finalists

Here at the Black Swan, we’re over the moon to be one of the finalists in this year’s White Rose Awards.

Established in a bid to find the best hotels, restaurants and tourism businesses in Yorkshire, the awards play host to the largest tourism awards ceremony in the UK, with 1,000 people set to be in attendance on the night when the judges announce their final decisions. We’re extremely proud to be in the running for the Large Hotel of the Year award, and excited to attend the ceremony, where, of course, we’ll have a glass of bubbly in hand!

Set in the heart of the UK’s largest county, Yorkshire, our hotel offers a unique experience to all of our guests, with our committed staff working hard to ensure an enjoyable experience is delivered to everyone staying with us. From cosy bedrooms to luxurious suites, we have rooms to suit all tastes and preferences.

The Gallery restaurant at the Black Swan is like no other; a picturesque gallery featuring fascinating pieces of art by day to a restaurant fit for a romantic dinner by night, this multifunctional room offers entertainment for our guests at all hours of the day. While for those looking for a day out of the office, our conference rooms and team building activities are perfect for refreshing team morale. We also cater for weddings and private parties, so guests can celebrate special occasions in style.

With the White Rose Awards ceremony set for November, it’s only a few months until we find out if we’re officially the best large hotel in Yorkshire! Of course, knowing our offering inside out, we’re confident that’s the case – but we’ll just have to wait and see if the judges agree.

If you’ve not yet been to visit us and seen all that the Black Swan has to offer, click here for more information – and find out just why we’re in the running!