Online culture, fitness and fun
For obvious reasons, our what’s on guide is looking slightly different this week – yep, it’s now all about what’s in. We may all be stuck at home on lockdown but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. We’ve rounded up 15 things to keep you entertained at home this week, from music and TV to theatre. Plus, you can wear your pyjamas for all – result!
In self-isolation and trying to make do with cupboard staples? Lucky for you, the Naked Chef himself has whipped up a brand new show specifically aimed at those in self-isolation. Jamie: Keep Cooking And Carry On starts Mon 23 Mar at 5.30pm on Channel 4 and will run every night this week.
Great news for parents looking to keep the kids entertained while you work from home – Disney+, Disney’s Netflix-style streaming service, arrives in the UK on Tues 24 Mar (not a minute too soon). Not only will you have access to Disney’s entire back catalogue, but the service includes titles from Marvel, Pixar, Fox, and National Geographic, as well as hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian (or, er, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, if that’s more your speed).
We could all use a laugh right now, so tune in to Dave on Tues 24 Mar at 9pm for their new charity stand-up show Comedy Against Living Miserably, in collaboration with charity CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
If your supermarket shop is looking a little… erratic, head to Twitter, where food writer and living-on-a-shoestring expert Jack Monroe will be sharing her quarantine recipes live every day at 5pm. Follow the hashtag #JackMonroesLockdownLarder.
All the theatres may be closed currently, but clever clogs like Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café are live-streaming to keep you entertained and their West End performers in work. Their Leave a Light On program will be a series of music shows streamed live from The Theatre Café for a small fee. There are three 45-minute concerts a day, and performers include Layton Williams (who you’ll recognise from Sex Education on Netflix), star of Six the Musical Natalie Paris and Casualty‘s Evelyn Hoskins. Book here.
Culture vultures, take note: The Royal Opera House have launched a new #FromOurHouseToYourHouse program to stream performances on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. The first performance of Peter and the Wolf by The Royal Ballet will be shown on Fri 27 March at 7pm.
The Billboard Music Awards may not be going ahead, but country legend Garth Brooks (who was set to be receiving their Icon Award in April) is making the most of his time by streaming live performances of his music every Monday via his Facebook page.
London Symphony Orchestra is also jumping on the streaming hype since the cancellation of its upcoming Barbican concerts *sob*. The orchestra will be streaming concerts from its archive every Thurs (7.30pm) and Sun (7pm) on its YouTube channel. This week you can listen to Schumann Symphony No 3, followed by Sibelius Symphony No 5. Nothing quite like a bit of classical to set your mind and ease, right?
Need some fresh sounds? Dua Lipa and John Legend are both releasing new music this week to help keep us entertained – isn’t that nice of them? Following his live stream performance on Insta, John Legend has released his latest single ‘Actions’ (we’re big fans already), while Dua Lipa has brought the release of her album Future Nostalgia forward to Fri 27 Mar.
Key workers, we salute you! If you’re in need of a helping hand now the schools are closed, adventure learning charity Longridge in Marlow, Bucks could be just what you need. They’re offering Activity Days for kids aged 8-14 (sorry work-from-homers, this one’s for key worker parents only!), with a suggest donation of just £10 a day. The days will be running from 8.45am – 5pm, and will include a range of suitably social distanced activities. You can book online here.
This’ll keep littlies entertained – CBeebies presenter Maddie Moate is launching brand new show Let’s Go Live on her YouTube channel, to air every week day at 11am. There are games, craft projects, and interesting info – this week’s theme is Gardens and features co-host and fellow YouTuber Greg Foot.
Jo Wicks kicked off his long-awaited live P.E. sessions this morning, and over a million people have already tuned in! It’s aimed at kids out of school, but adults can join too – we won’t tell. Catch it every day this week at 9am on his YouTube channel.
If you’d usually be down the pub once a week for a quiz, then don’t despair – there are plenty of online options. One of the best is Goose’s Quizzes in Edinburgh, who are running a live-streamed pub quiz every single night at 7pm over Twitch.
LOCAL TO DEVON
Online Zumba with Caroline Anstead
Get ready to rumba in the comfort of your own living room. Monday at 7pm.
Yoga – Your Body Matters, Meg Hughes
Keep your chakras aligned with online classes with Meg (for a donation) and Zoom one-to-one sessions (£5 for 30 minutes)
Take a hike (keeping your social distance of 2m and only one a day, obvs), here are six sizzling walks along Devon coast and woodlands I prepared earlier.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Can’t go out to see live music, then how about learning to play it yourself on Skype with help from Devon Piano Lessons? ASRM qualified teacher Colin has students from as far afield as Malaysia, USA, France and South America and bless him, has just reduced his lesson prices in these difficult times, so a 30 minute Skype lesson now costs £16.
The Open University has over 1000 free courses as part of their Open Learn, short tasters of say, 8 or 14 hours, where you can brush up on your geology, maths or art history, and when your brain starts melting due to too much Netlfix, there’s their TV&Radio to give your neurons a boost.
Devon LinkedIn trainer, Jennifer Corcoran, is making her online training course free for anyone in the UK who has become redundant. She’s also slashing the program cost from £500 to £250 until the end of June for professionals / business owners who want to get LinkedIn working for them.
THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS
Check out our Muddy round-up of online ideas for kids, from learning to draw, cook and do yoga, though sadly nothing on stacking up and learning to put your dirty socks in the wash. Yet.
Check out Muddy’s pick of the best reads for March and once you’ve got through that little lot, how about borrowing a book from Exeter Library (now closed) and their #booksbybike or #booksbypost service. If you or housebound rellies live within 1.5 miles of the library you can have books dropped off by calling 01392 407027 (or email Exeter.firstname.lastname@example.org if lines are busy) to get your next reading fix.
Muddy Cornwall has helpfully put together a Cornish-themed reading list to escape Cornwall, so you can respectfully #comebacklater and enjoy the delights of their awesome county from the safety of your sofa.