30 FREE THINGS TO DO IN LOCKDOWN
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
If you are running out of ideas on how to keep you and your children entertained during the coronavirus lockdown, do not fear. From audio books and cooking lessons to musicals and workout videos, there's plenty of free fun to be had online...
If you are running out of ideas on how to keep you and your children entertained during the coronavirus lockdown, do not fear.
From audio books and cooking lessons to musicals and workout videos, there's plenty of free fun to be had online.
Here is our round-up of our favourite finds…
There are endless free yoga classes available online.
Yoga With Adriene is enormously popular, while Yoga With Tim offers a 30-day challenge that's perfect for quarantine. For beginners, try the shorter SarahBethYoga sessions.
You can even learn to dance on YouTube. Passion4dancing teaches styles such as salsa, rumba and tango. It helps if your partner lives in the same house, of course.
FIT AND FUN
Joe Wicks, aka 'The Body Coach', has recently shot to fame with his popular 30-minute PE lessons for kids at 9am on weekdays.
Visit youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/videos to get started.
Or sign up to the Fitness Blender which boasts 600 free workout videos, including Pilates and kickboxing.
Davina McCall is also offering 30 days of free High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), cardio and boxing classes online at ownyourgoalsdavina.com, which usually cost £9.99 per month.
Or try the NHS Couch To 5k smartphone app, which aims to get you running 5km without stopping by week nine.
Many organisations are now putting live performances online.
The National Theatre announced it would be streaming plays on YouTube, starting with One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden.
A new play will be available every Thursday at 7pm for seven days.
Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals will also be released once a week on YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On.
The scheme began with Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond. They will be available for 48 hours.
Asian restaurant Wagamama is uploading free virtual cooking lessons called Wok From Home from today on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.
Bakery Bread Ahead offers baking tutorials on its Instagram page every day at 2pm.
Every Friday at 5pm, Rude Health is teaching viewers how to make health foods, including sauerkraut and oat milk, on its Facebook page.
If cooking isn't your bag, why not teach yourself to play a musical instrument? Fender.com is offering three months of free lessons, including guitar, ukulele and bass.
PUB QUIZ WHIZZ
If you're missing your weekly pub quiz, sign up to spectacular pubquizzes.com and test your knowledge from your sofa. You will be emailed a link to the quiz a few hours before it starts.
The Big Drop Brewing Co is running its Living Room Pub Quiz every Tuesday at 7pm from its YouTube channel.
Head to facebook.com/inquizition quiz for a virtual pub quiz from quizmasters Inquizition at 8pm every Sunday until June 14.
The smartphone app Calm is now offering exercises, sleep stories and music to help you relax. Visit calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath.
Headspace has also launched free meditation, sleep and movement exercises online or via its smartphone app.
KIDS... listen up
Audible has made more than 200 audiobooks free for 'as long as schools are closed'. The range includes options for younger children as well as teenagers.
To help keep your children on track, Carol Vorderman's The Maths Factor matches the national curriculum for four to 11-year-olds. Sign up here.
Language school Rosetta Stone has three months of free access worth £49, too.
HELP FOR HEROES
Many companies are now giving free or discounted services to NHS workers as a way of thanking staff for continuing care.
Uber Eats is offering those with an NHS ID five free meals a week worth £10 each, and Uber offers free car rides to and from work.
Delivery service Just Eat is offering 25 per cent off meals with daily codes until April 13.
NHS staff can also get a 50 per cent discount on Firezza, Leon, Yo! Sushi and Las Iguanas deliveries or collections.
WHSmith and Superdrug are also giving NHS workers a 20 per cent discount on purchases.
Drivers can get a free ten point car check from Halfords, including top-ups of tyre inflation, screen wash and checks on oil levels.