• Helmsley Walled Garden Pumpkin Collection Event
  • Juices to taste Helmsley Walled Garden
  • Apples to taste Helmsley Walled Garden
  • Tasting the juice Helmsley Walled Garden


2020 Events Calendar


Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March – Free Entry to the Garden

A chance to have a look round Helmsley Walled Garden before we open on Monday 30th March. It’s also the chance for holders of our residents Passes expiring in April 2020 to renew and for anyone who lives nearby to check if they fall within the free pass radius. More details at the Kiosk.



Saturday and Sunday 25th  and 26th April – Birds, beasts and bugs

The return of our popular wildlife weekend here at Helmsley Walled Garden.  Organisations such as RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Bumble Bee Conservation Trust will be around the garden with information and activities for all.

We want to celebrate just how much wildlife is in our garden and get everyone thinking about and looking for what’s in their gardens. So this is a great opportunity to find out more and get involved.

Special garden rate  – £5.00 entry per adult, children under 16 go free, free to Friends and Residents of Helmsley



Friday 29th to Sunday 31st May – The Secret Garden Weekend

To celebrate the release of the latest film version of The Secret Garden, Helmsley Walled Garden and Helmsley Arts centre are joining forces to present a weekend of themed events. The Arts Centre will show the film on Friday and Saturday evening and the 1812 Youth Theatre will perform  a dramatic  adaptation of the book on Saturday and Sunday afternoon in the Garden. There will also be readings from the book throughout the weekend in the Alphabet Garden.

Normal admission charges apply.

Special garden rate for Saturday only. £5.00 entry per adult, children under 16 go free, free to Friends and Residents of Helmsley



Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June – Iris and Peony

A celebration of two of our newly planted areas. The Iris Border along the east wall and the Peonies incorporated within the new plantings of the Long Border are the focus of the weekend.

The new peony plantings were the favourite flower of Alison Ticehurst who began the restoration of the Garden and its ethos of therapeutic horticulture. The planting is a tribute to her memory and her vision.

Normal admission charges apply



Saturday 18th July – National Town Criers’ Competition

A return to the Garden of the hugely enjoyable Town Criers’ Competition. Come and enjoy a very English tradition with both the criers and their consorts in full traditional dress being put through this paces by the judges to see who will win the coveted title. Our own Helmsley Crier must surely be in with a chance and we will be wishing him well.

Admission free for the duration of the competition



Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September

World Jam Festival

There’s a jam-packed weekend to be had in Helmsley in September. Jam makers from all over the world are being invited to submit their jam in advance for a chance to win a World Jam Festival award at Helmsley Walled Garden. As well as the awards there’s a weekend of family-friendly events planned all around Helmsley including a fancy dress competition, a brass band concert and a croquet competition with those demon croquet players the 1st Helmsley Scouts all at the garden.

Special weekend entry tickets £10.00 – available for sale on Friday and allowing entry to the garden over the whole weekend Friday to Sunday.

Special entry price of £5.00 on Saturday only.

Normal admission prices apply on Friday and Sunday.



Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October – Apple weekend

Join us for our annual celebration of all things apple. We will be sharing the stories of some of our best loved apples as well as how the apple came to Britain. There will be pruning demonstrations, apple tastings, an apple-facts trail, quizzes and activities for all the family.  This is your annual chance to find out more about the nation’s favourite fruit and find out more of what we do with our amazing apples here at Helmsley Walled Garden.

Special garden rate all weekend  – £5.00 entry per adult, children under 16 go free, free to Friends and Residents of Helmsley