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Learning can be fun and relaxing too. While we don’t mind you curling up with a good book (have you seen BorrowBox yet?), there is plenty to see and do online.

Free Online Book

Publisher Nosy Crow have create a free online book to help explain our current circumstances to children.

Coronavirus – A book for children

With the help of will know illustrator Alex Scheffler, Nosy Crow has release a free online book called ‘Coronavirus – A book for children’ aimed at helping explain what coronavirus is and why the country is in lockdown as a result of the outbreak. You can access the book here.

Theatre, Musicals and Book Festivals

Many theatres worldwide are offered virtual visits and shows – a perfect way to relax at home when you’ve ran out of boxsets.

National Theatre Live

Find them on YouTube.

Every Thursday, the National Theatre are planning on streaming a recording of their productions. It will then be available for the next 7 days. Plans so far are:

  • A Streetcar Named Desire – streaming May 21st
  • This House – streaming May 28th
  • Coriolanus – streaming June 4th

The Metropolitan Opera

metopera.org

The Met in New York is making an opera available each day. Their website also has lots of other information about the various operas. Use the Watch Now button. They’ve added a donation but you can watch without donating – just follow the links.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Friday Night Club

rsno.org.uk/friday

The RSNO have started a Friday Night Club, broadcasting a weekly concert. It can be viewed on the website, via Facebook or on their YouTube channel from 7.30pm on Friday or during the rest of the week.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

www.shakespearesglobe.com

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is going to stream a full-length Shakespeare play per fortnight for free on it’s YouTube channel. They are also making their 2012 Globe to Globe series free – this series was a lot of foreign language performances.

  • The Winter’s Tale, May 18 – May 31
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen, June 1 – June 14
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor, June 15 – June 28

The Wind and the Willows Musical

www.willowsmusical.com

The 2017 recording of the performance at the London Palladium is live to stream on the website.

The Show Must Go On

This YouTube channel features Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. Available from 7pm on Friday nights for 48 hours. With a new show each week, it’s a chance to take in another stage show each weekend.

Book Bound 2020

www.bookbound2020.co.uk

Book Bound 2020 is an online book festival running from April 27 – May 3. The sessions will feature a mixture of readings, storytelling and live author-to-author conversations. Access the sessions on their website or through their YouTube channel.

Online Quizzes

Test your knowledge with fun free online quizzes

Freerice.com

Freerice.com

A quiz site (and app) which supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Earn ‘rice’ as you play (adverts appear as you play but you don’t have to click on them). There are lots of categories for you to try. The WFP provides, on average, about 400 grams of rice person, per day. There are approximately 40-50 grains of rice in a single gram. You can pick your categories and difficulty level from the menu.

Sporcle

Sporcle.com

A quiz site with lots of quick quizzes, new ones are added daily or you can pick through the themes. Although some have a US bias to them, there are plenty on here to keep you amused for a while. New quizzes added every day.

JigZone

www.jigzone.com

This is a treasure trove of jigsaw puzzles in numerous categories e.g. animals, art, flowers, holidays, nature scenes, ocean life, sport, transport, travel and more. The jigsaws vary in size and difficulty and how long they take to complete. Plus you can upload your own photograph and have it cut into a puzzle. Jigzone can be so much fun and it can become quite a good family fun activity.

Learn to Cook

Everyone enjoys a good meal, so learning cooking skills is a great way to have fun and can be relaxing.

BBC Good Food

www.bbcgoodfood.com

Discover home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Recipes include breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. You can also download the BBC Good Food app to your smartphone for free. There are lots of delicious recipes that you can enjoy.

Gentle Exercise

Exercise and keeping the mind active are equally important and there are plenty of online opportunities to stay active.

NHS Fitness Studio – Pilates

www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/pilates-for-beginners

The pilates work out is created by InstructorLive and concentrates on posture, balance, strength and flexibility. It also focuses on the mind-body connection. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves. It is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Access to this work out is currently free through the NHS website. You feel like you’ve had a good work out afterwards. It is a very enjoyable session and a great lockdown alternative.