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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. Next up, we’ll take you on a little trip around Whitby…

HERITAGE Whitby Walks
You can’t come to Whitby and not do some sort of Dracula-based activity. We recommend the spooky walking tour with renowned ‘storywalker’ Harry Collett, whose tour marries tales of the town’s rich history with connections to the strange and supernatural. The evocative Abbey and cemetery is also a must visit.

SHOP Whitby Musicport Shop
A musical haven, the Musicport shop is run by the same good folks who programme the annual world music festival which takes place every October. Rummage through musical instruments, accessories, books, clothing and much more, with expert help and advice on hand, plus repair and aftercare services.

FOOD The Magpie Café
You can’t come to the seaside and not eat fish and chips, it’s law. A Whitby institution, the Magpie Café has recently caught the eye of fishy favourite Rick Stein, who declared it one of his favourite fish and chip restaurants. Jump on the bandwagon and join the queue.

STAY La Rosa Hotel
Alice In Wonderland author Lewis Carroll people-watched the sunburned hordes of Whitby (we imagine) from the quirky surrounds of the La Rosa Hotel. Furnished with vintage and kitsch ephemera, they have themed rooms including the Stoker, Arabesque and, of course, the Lewis room. They also have a campsite.

Whitby’s notorious Goth Weekend (Friday 4th-Saturday 5th November) features music, dancing, drinking and shopping for those with a love for alternative lifestyles.

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