Try Voga

That’s a cross between yoga and the 80s New York ballroom trend for ‘vogueing’. With challenging moves and some jacking 80s beats, we dare you to find a more fun way to sweat away an hour. From salsa, body-positive ‘strutology’ (look it up), barre and hip-hop cardio dance to virtual spin, free bodyweight workouts and PE for kids, there’s loads of niche exercise classes going live to keep your body and mind healthy during lockdown.

The big match – with a catch

The Premier League has made a virtual comeback for football-starved sports fan, making it possible to spend a stressed Saturday afternoon on the sofa watching the beautiful game. The catch? The games are being played on PlayStations – but desperate times and all that…

Catch an exhibition

You don’t need to stare at a painting wondering what it’s all about at an art museum – oh no. Wonder from your own couch. Many of the world’s biggest museums and galleries have kindly opened their virtual doors, letting you wander their halls online at your own pace.

Have a crafternoon

From watercolour painting for kids to festival headwear for “grown-ups”, get your craft on with independent artists and organisations across the UK.

Connect with your people

Whether that means attending a virtual talk about your passion, hosting a Facebook Live for your customers or connecting with isolated members of the LGBTQ+ community, many businesses and organisations are finding increasingly inventive ways to connect with their tribe online.

Dance the weekend away at a festival

Like many industries, showbiz has taken an absolute rollicking during the panny-d. With pre-recorded Boiler Room sets from some of the world’s biggest DJs, daily live streams from Christine and the Queens, classic broadcasts from Rolling Stone and about a million other live music events happening every day, enjoy a big night out – minus the queue for the bar or toilets.

Go to the theatre

Every Thursday at 7pm, the National Theatre Live are streaming some of their most popular shows from recent years live, for free. Check out Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jane Eyre among others.

Laugh your a*s off

From the Soho theatre’s production of Fleabag to Saturday Night Live at The Stand, many comedy gigs are providing free shows for self-isolators during this time.

Go on a city break

Seriously, Google Street View is a thing of beauty. Gaze upon Paris as seen from Sacré-Coeur, Hong Kong from Lion Rock, Los Angeles from Griffith Observatory, and pretty much anywhere else in the world you’d like to go.

Join a book club

With virtual book clubs springing up all over the place, this is the perfect time to start that classic novel you’ve been meaning to read (War and Peace, anyone?).

Support your community

Grab your sewing machine and join a local ‘scrub hub’. Donate to your local food bank. Be there on the end of the phone to talk to a person in need. There are so many ways you can give back to your local community without leaving the house. Check out our other blog post for inspiration.

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Emsy says:
I can't wait to check out my fav art galleries. I had no idea this was happening. And better still, no annnoying people! Perfect! Thanks for the tip!
May 7, 2020 at 12:00 AM

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