More bad weather is predicted in the next coming days but fear not we have plenty of ideas to keep your spirits sunny.
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1. When it comes to Valentine extravaganzas, the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington always like to do something a little different and daring. This Friday they have booked the European vibes of duo Mazaika and will turn the auditorium into a romantic café. Details: click here
2. Still looking for more ways to woo your date this weekend? Read our article on novel ways to whisk your partner off their feet. Details: click here
3. If you are looking for a romantic movie you could try Her (15) which is showing at Barnstaple’s Central cinema. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twombly, a shy, introverted man who has been emotionally scarred by the impending divorce from his sweetheart (Rooney Mara). On the way home one day, he hears about new technology that claims to be “not just an operating system – it’s a consciousness”
Intrigued, Theodore signs up and creates an operating system with a female identity. Samantha is born…
4. For many half term starts this weekend and we have plenty of ideas for keeping kids amused. Details: click here
5. Central cinema in Barnstaple has programmed some suitable films for half-term week. Check out The Lego Movie or Tinkerbell And The Pirate Fairy.
6. If you are feeling particularly nostalgic for the Sixties, a line-up of The Marmalade, Chris Farlowe and The Swinging Blue Jeans at the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple night might be of interest on Saturday night. Details: click here
7. Or if you want to escape the wet and cold, you could just slouch on the sofa and indulge yourself in mindless reality TV. When it comes to The Voice UK (BBC One, 7.10pm) we could do worse than adapt an old Bonnie Tyler classic for this week’s show: “Turnaround, Tom Jones. Every now and then I get a little bit bored of you always dropping names. Turnaround, Ricky. I get a little bit tired of listening to the sound of ‘All right mate?’ Turn around, Kylie. I get a little bit nervous that the best of all your acts have gone by. Turnaround Wi-hill. I get a little bit terrified, and then I see the dope-y look in your eyes.” Okay, it needs work, but you get the gist.
8. A warming Sunday roast is probably what we all need to stave off the winter chill. Our editor Lisa Templeton was hugely impressed with the selection of veggies at the Williams Arms, Wrafton. Details: click here
9. If you want to end finish off your weekend with laughter and classic comedy, you could try out a delightful show about Laurel and Hardy which is at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on Sunday night. Details: click here
10. Those wanting to end their weekend with a good TV drama might like to try out Blandings (BBC One, 6.30pm).
It’s unashamedly old fashioned, and if it weren’t for the high definition film and the presence of such 21st-century stars as Jennifer Saunders and Timothy Spall, anybody tuning in for the first time could be forgiven for thinking it was a repeat of something made in the Sixties or Seventies.
Blandings is based on characters created by PG Wodehouse, and its lightness of touch and timelessness (despite being set in the 1920s) is what makes it so appealing – the family lives in a kind of bubble, untouched by the world outside their sprawling estate.