Helmsley Arts Centre

About Helmsley Arts Centre

The building is located in central Helmsley, The Old Meeting House, was purchased from the Quakers in 1984 by the newly-formed Old Meeting House Trust, initially with a view to creating a chamber music venue as the home of the Helmsley Festival, the forerunner of the present Ryedale Festival.

Helmsley Arts Centre

The Old Meeting House Trust became a registered charity and was supported by grants from the Arts Council and Ryedale District Council. An Advisory Council of eminent figures in the arts was established and a feasibility study formed the basis of a development plan. A local architect, Tony Burns, drew up plans for a multi-purpose centre.

Before any changes were made to the building, and despite lack of heating and water facilities, the first performance took place on 2 May 1993. Support grew and an application for an Arts Council National Lottery grant was successfully submitted in 1995 — one of the first in North Yorkshire. This funded the complete refurbishment and enlargement of the building.

Visit Helmsley Arts Centre


Accessible parking

Not blue badge, a space that can be booked by calling 01439 771700.

Accessible public toilet

With transfer space to the side, handrails and emergency call system.

Accessible interpretation

Captions: At cinema nights when pre booked
Large print: On request.

Wheelchair accessible restaurant

At the Friday Morning Café.

For full details and facilities please visit Helmsley Arts Centre's website



Helmsley Arts Centre provides a range of facilities


Friday Morning Café and snacks/drinks at performances.

Car parking

Nearby in the Market Place.

Cycle parking facilities

Nearby in the Market Place and outside the building.

Dogs at Helmsley Arts Centre

Dogs allowed in box office.
Guide dogs allowed in all areas.

Getting here

Contact us

Helmsley Arts Centre, The Old Meeting House, Helmsley, York YO62 5DW
Tel 01439 771700
Email Helmsley Arts Centre


Old Meeting House Court, Helmsley

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