So, you look forward all week - at work - to your one or two days off... right? And what do you do on such days off? Housework, no doubt. Do you ever think you should do something more worthwhile with your sacred time off? Like travel, for instance.
County Durham isn't that far a trip from East Yorkshire, and if you set off relatively early you can make a good day of it up in the area. One of the best places to start has to be the small but beautiful city of Durham, that reminded me of Windsor, and which is totally and utterly dominated by the magnificent Cathedral that is so stunning it has been deemed a World Heritage Site, visited by people from all over the world.
Much of the city's charm lies in the fact that the River Wear skirts around the cathedral and castle which makes the setting all the more spectacular, and no trip to Durham should be without a nice riverside walk along the Wear.
Durham is a thoroughly unconventional city in that it is so small.
Driving in from the direction of Sedgefield, it seems that you are through the
outskirts and right into the heart of the city below the cathedral
literally within two or three minutes.
There seems to be no messing around driving through residential areas whatsoever, which is fantastic.
There are plenty of car parking opportunities, such as in the spacious and cheap (£1.80 for four hours at the time of writing) Sands car park, not far from the Gala Theatre that should satisfactorily appease your entertainment needs should you stay the night.
There are a decent amount of high street retailers crammed into the attractively steep and
winding streets that radiate out from the north of the cathedral, but the
vast majority of visitors to the city won't be there for the shops,
but for the transcendental experience waiting for them at Durham Cathedral.
Most churches and cathedrals these days charge visitors for entrance because the upkeep of such grand buildings costs the earth, so I was surprised that there was no visitor charge for entrance here, though there was a suggested donation amount of £4 per visitor.
Time spent in the cathedral cannot be defined in monetary terms anyway. Not when the sense of peace and tranquillity that pervades the huge building could quite effectively change your life. Strolling around, you will see people in silent prayer throughout the cathedral, and it's impossible not to be humbled by the atmosphere and overwhelmingly amazing architecture.
If, like myself, you are prone to speeding around places as opposed to taking your time, that might mean you get to see the majority of Durham within just a few hours. Obviously you could quite easily spend all day savouring the delights of the cathedral, but if you feel like a change then why not head east to the coast? And to Seaham.
I really wanted to check out this coastal town because I'd heard a rumour that one of my favourite films of all-time, Billy Elliot' had been filmed here. Also, there are 11 miles of heritage coastline stretching south from Seaham to Crimdon, which appealed to me. But Seaham was simply a mess, or at least the sea-side of Seaham that I saw was.
Places to Visit - To Hampstead Heath and Beyond ... By Steve Rudd
So, you live in London and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city scene.
Where can you turn to? Why, the plethora of beautiful parks of course - and there are few
places nicer than Hampstead Heath, in North London, for some quality peace and quiet.
Places to Visit - On the Moors By Steve Rudd
So much for me confiding to people that I thought we were collectively out of the woods
and that Spring was just around the corner.
Clearly I spoke too soon and paid for such a misdemeanour yesterday
(13th February 2005) when I ventured up onto the
Places to Visit - Dinostar - THIS IS HISTORY By Daniel Laney
In the last two months Hull has welcomed a new addition to its ever growing tourist trade.
Dinostar, which opened on Easter Sunday of this year, should hopefully
be welcomed with open arms by families and budding historians alike and with it
being a quick
Places to Visit - Our Samhain Visit to Avebury by Janie Spencer
Before we start on our journey, let me give you a bit of background on Avebury.
It is a beautiful stone circle, so big that you can in fact fit a village inside it, as you can see from this overhead map!
As well as being a tourist spot, it is both a home and a gathering
Places to Visit - Burton Constable Hall.
Burton Constable Hall has collected several ghosts and stories from its 450 year history, the most frequently seen ghost being that of Nurse Dowdall, a much loved nanny to the children of the household during the 19th century.
Places to Visit - A day by the beach - Bridlington Harbour.
This Sunday I was spoilt for choice - either to visit a Buddhist centre in "Kilham"
or attend a strawberries and cream party. Opted to go and find Zen so duly arrived
with my offspring (Katie and Oliver) at my friend's house (Cilla) punctually (for
a change) at 11.30.
Places to Visit - This is Hull
The East Yorkshire city of Kingston Upon Hull has it's fair share of bad press. That's OK, the people who live here know why so many come and stay!
Visit the City and sample the eclectic mix of entertainment on offer, from the
laid-back coffee shops and cosmopolitan bars of the Avenues
Places to Visit - Pickering Park Rocks
Pickering Park rocks for the youth of Hull.
Sunday afternoon, 6th July 2003 saw the first FREE open air Rock Concerts for the youth of Hull, from noon until 7pm.
Bands featured included the Supatones, Crowroad, DumpValve, Freaks Union, The Favours, The Sonnet,
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Places to Visit - Beverley Minster By Mo
Founded in the eighth century by John, Bishop of York - later St. John of Beverley - Beverley Minster has been
described as 'the finest gothic church in Europe'.
The present church, built in the 13th and 14th century, is a perfect blending of three
People, Interviews - Interview With The Paddingtons By John-Paul Nicholas. Photographs - The Paddingtons at The Adelphi By Darren Rogers
They look like The Clash used to. They look like The Stone Roses' evil twins.
They look like a gang.
And they are as tight as a gang, finishing each other's sentences and putting across their
points individually, knowing that they speak for the band as a whole.
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People - Ellie Beill - Move In Direct
My name is Ellie Beill. When asked by thisisUll.com to write an
article on myself I was unsure.
But here goes ...
The property market has always fascinated me.
I think it comes from moving house eight times before I was 18 (that averages a move every 2.25 years!).
So I guess
People - Sleaze Queens - Inside Story, Outside World at Dukes March 3rd 05.By Michelle Dee
Two bright, young, rock n roll girls, are bidding to become the best Djs in town.
They have been making a name for themselves at the Sweet n Sour night, on
alternate Saturdays at Silhouette for a number of months.
Sparkly Mel and Sultry Kat bring a selection of tantalizing tunes
People - Interview with John Robb By Steve Rudd
John Robb: is a legendary figure in punk-rock circles, having been at the forefront of making
some fantastic music since the age of sixteen, when he co-founded The Membranes in Blackpool.
Since then John has been involved in allsorts of interesting projects
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Their Christmas card lists run to half a dozen names, they have a penchant for blowing up amps;
they are a thrilling live experience; they are of course the Fifty Nine Violets:
from Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire.
For the majority of