Helmsley in December

Norman arch in Helmsley parish church

December sees the parish church In Helmsley hosting a two week Christmas Tree festival, until December 19th, so on Saturday we went in through the magnificent doorway of All Saints to find the interior fully lit up and sparkling trees inside. 

The additional lighting also makes it a good time to look at the colourful wall paintings, and the painted roof by  Temple Moore, the architect of St Aidan’s.

Close up sparkly jewelry

We continued back into the town where the sparkling continued with shop windows and decorations although we were a bit sorry not to see the old-fashioned dodgems that sometimes appear in the market square, but hopefully they’ll be back soon. 

Jaunty visitors to Helmsley

There are some fine reindeer though, parked up with their sleigh by Gilbert Scott’s memorial to the Earl of Feversham.

Christmas lights and trees were everywhere and the town looked lovely.

Closer to baked goods

Helmsley is full of interesting small shops, including several selling delicious food of one kind and another. This one is a few steps from the square. 

We also spotted a new independent wine shop that’s just opened, so now the whole range of food and drink is covered - there’s an amazing range for a market town.

Hats off to the business folk and the church community for making Helmsley a delightful place to wander round on a chilly winter afternoon :) More photos on flickr

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