With, what is officially, the most depressing week of the year done and dusted, it’s time to look forward to the weekend, whoop! And we’ve found five goings-on to tickle your fancy…
If you didn’t quite stick to your New Year’s exercise resolution and are feeling a bit sluggish, this one’s for you. Get out in the fresh open air and take a walk around London. There are over 30 routes signposted this weekend, from London’s Outer Orbital Path (LOOP) at 152miles (you don’t have to do it all, obvs) to shorter strolls that take in deer spotting in Richmond Park to Dickensian East London and the Thames Path, as well as iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s. Click here for free downloadable guides and more info.
Zero Dark Thirty, out nationwide
We might all know the ending to the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden but it defos doesn’t make this thriller any less tense. Directed by The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow, ZDT focuses on CIA agent Maya (Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain) as she leads the decade-long manhunt. You might have to watch a few scenes through your fingers but don’t let that put you off. This sophisticated flick is one of the best you’ll see this year.
Rumble in the Jumble
Want to bag a bargain? How about hang out with some celebs? And do your bit for charity at the same time? Yes please! Then head to Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club today where Gemma Cairney and Dawn Porter have organised a big old jumble sale to help abused women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With celeb donations from Fearne Cotton (see above), Daisy Lowe and Bat For Lashes, there’ll be a pop up retro salon, tea and cake, plus DJs spinning the decks all day long. Entry is just £3 and make sure you bring a bag of good-quality jumble. For more info, click here.
Big Burns Supper, Dumfries
Continue your Burns Night celebrations all weekend, and where better to do so than Dumfries, where Scotland’s most famous bard, Robert Burns, spent the last years of his life. A jam-packed two days await as the legendary spiegeltent plays host to theatre, dance and music events while bike rides, Burns suppers and tours of the literary heavyweight’s house are also on offer. Obligatory whiskey drinking required (although probably not advised if you’re on the bike tour). If you’re inspired to cook haggis at home after the event, order your haggis making kit from Sous chef for only £15.
Australian Open Men’s Final, Sunday, 8.15am, BBC2
Andy Murray finally beat Roger Federer in a Grand Slam yesterday (hoorah!), volleying his way into tomorrow’s final against defending champ Novak Djokovic. The Serbian may have won the title last year but Muzza beat him in the US Open last summer to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam in 76 years. We’ve got a good feeling about tomorrow morning, so get a cuppa and some toast and bed down in front of the telly for a few hours.