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Are you stuck in with that ‘what shall we do this weekend’ conundrum? We’re going to offer you up weekend destinations filled with the best quirky happenings, both in and out of the region. First up, we’ll take you on a little trip to York…

STAY The Bar Convent
For something a little different on your trip to the beautiful walled city, York’s Bar Convent is bursting at the seams with historical tidbits. Founded in 1686, initially as a girl’s school, it’s still home to a handful of nuns. A unique and comfortable place to stay, it’s quiet, reflective and extremely central, with a wonderful café attached.

MUSIC Fibbers
Newly opened at its warehouse space in the eminently floodable city, Fibbers is a haven for music lovers. Boasting touring artists from far and wide, with a decent local following, the venue’s forthcoming highlights include Dick Valentine of Electric Six on Friday 22nd July and pop punk rockers Ash on Tuesday 26th July.

SHOP Earworm Records
No weekend away is complete without a browse around a record shop. Proudly catering to vinyl junkies, Earworm’s stock includes new and second hand gems, with plenty of indie, soul, rock and hip-hop, and specialisms in house, techno and disco. Gig tickets, selected CDs, band tees and DJ equipment is also on offer alongside a friendly and knowledgeable service.

DRINK Trembling Madness
What don’t Trembling Madness offer within the confines of their bizarre establishment? A medieval drinking hall, craft beer shop, tapas/platter restaurant, outside catering, holiday apartment…the list goes on. The first Norman house to be built in York (in 1180) still stands as one of the most interesting places you’ll visit in this most interesting of cities.

SOMETHING TO DO Burning Duck comedy club
The Burning Duck Comedy Club at The Black Swan takes place on the second Tuesday of the month. Comedy with an alternative vibe and some of the best acts around have cemented its place as a regular fixture, and July sees it putting on some very special shows as part of The Great Yorkshire Fringe.

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