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.