Saturday, 12 April 2014

~Helmsley visit~

We had a lovely day trip on Friday to Helmsley, North Yorkshire on what was the warmest day of the year so far!  Helmsley is a traditional and quaint market town on the River Rye, and has the ruins of a 12th century castle which is open to visit with an English Heritage visitor centre. Here are a few photos of the day... was market day and this statue in the centre of market square is apparently of Lord Feversham.   Great selection of stalls - fruit and veg, collectables, haberdashery etc...
Daffodils still in bloom...
Plenty of independent food, craft and antique shops...

as well as a few charity shops.  The Oxfam was particularly well-stocked and well-priced.  This 2m x 1.5m piece of Sanderson vintage roses fabric was £1.99

And of course the castle and the English Heritage visitor centre.

 - you may also notice I'm a bit obsessed with period doors and doorways...

On my travels I usually come across a little café I would like to run, and this one was no exception...
We sat outside CottonHouse, in Barker's Yard for an Earl Grey and a Mocha.
This sunny courtyard of shops were converted from the stables.  As well as being a coffee shop, they also have this lovely haberdashery
 and sell locally handmade crafts...crochet, cards, appliqued t-shirts, bunnies...

excuse my reflection in the window!
A lovely day out in a beautiful part of Yorkshire. Enough to do and see to warrant a weekend break.
Have a good weekend x 


  1. I love it there - so pretty xx

  2. Such a beautiful weather day to go to Helmsley, I like Helmsley. Nice to see you found some lovely thrifty things. :) x

  3. It was a beautiful spring day, it looks like a lovely place to visit. The haberdashery shop looked divine and that floral fabric was a bargain.

  4. I spent my honeymoon in Helmsley 35 years ago, at The Black Swan. Happy memories! thanks for reminding me x

  5. HI Sally, love your new header BTW!! Helmsley is one of our favourite places to visit too and you're not alone in imagining taking over one of the little coffee houses, baking wonderful home made cakes and selling beautiful little bits and bobs, ah yes, my imagination can run riot!! I got my granddaughter's Laura Ashley duvet cover from a charity shop there last summer XX


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