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!
The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is doing a brilliant job of becoming the county’s favourite online entertainer with ‘Behind The Barn Door – Tweedy’s Lost and Found’. Join this crazy ol’ clown and his pet iron (totally normal) as they inject some much needed giggles into your week.
Daisy May cooper from This Country (legend) was looking for her plums last week. And this week two time Academy Award nominee, King’s Speech and Harry Potter actor Helena Bonham-Carter is dropping in to join in Tweedy’s capers. Catch it live on Weds 1 April at 12pm live streamed on FB, Insta, YouTube and Twitter. No joke.
If you’re missing your arts fix, tune into Housetrap Theatre & Arts Festival, hosted by West End venue IMMERSIVE LDN, this Fri (3 Apr) from 6.30pm to midnight. The shows are 15 – 50 minutes long and are filmed inside performers homes.
Theatres may be closed 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.
FOOD & DRINK
If you’re looking to brush up on your baking skills during lockdown (GBBO here we come!) award-winning Oxfordshire-based baking wizz Mrs Bun the Baker is hosting live bake-alongs for families every Fri at 2pm on her Facebook page.
Meanwhile, cool Borough Market Bakery and Cookery School, Bread Ahead, is offering free online tutorials hosted by founder Matthew Jones on Instagram every day at 2pm. Stories will be available for 24 hours after they’re broadcast and you can find a schedule of what Matthew’s cooking (FYI Bread Ahead’s legendary donuts, above, are on the bill for this week) by signing up to the newsletter. 2-for-1 vouchers are also available for Sept 2020 workshops.
Now onto the golden nectar – Tiny Rebel Brewery is hosting a virtual beer tasting on Wed 1 Apr via Facebook Live. Simply order your six pack straight to your door and a member of the team will talk you through how the beers are made. Cheers.
Gutted you didn’t make it to the cinema to watch some of the brilliant new film releases this year (oh hello, Emma, The Invisible Man and, erm, Trolls: World Tour)? Universal Pictures is the first studio to let us watch at home with movies available to rent. No need to worry about sneaking snacks into the cinema -result.
Unprecedented and uncertain times like this call for us all to pay extra attention to our physical and mental health with loads of home workouts popping up across the internet to help (check out our yoga position of the week here).
Coming up this week, Wellness app Urban has launched a temporary online space for physio, yoga, one-to-one fitness and mindfulness – The Stay at Home Club. Sessions run from 20 – 55 minutes, with the platform aiming to support Urban’s community of self-employed practitioners.
Over on the BBC, 90s legend Mr Motivator returns to our TV screens daily at 10am with new show HealthCheck UK Live. Mr Motivator has also launched a series of short live streamed workouts at 12pm on his Twitter, plus you can see the them on his YouTube channel launching soon.
Over at Cheltenham-based fitness studio One Grove you can get involved with their now virtual Pilates classes. Book quickly as they’re going like hot potatoes.
Have you seen Chris Hemsworth’s giving people free access to his home-fitness app for six whole weeks? Just head to his website Centr and sign up – or just sign your other half up, and get a Thor-six-packed husband by the end of April. Lockdown wins.
And then throwing it back further to the 80s, The Green Goddess, a.k.a. Dina Moran, is hosting morning exercise classes from her how where she’s self-isolating. The workouts will be aired on the BBC Mon, Wed and Fri at 6.55am and 8.55am and then shared on social media.
And finally for yogis, Oxford-based Prana Yoga has a selection of newly recorded online yoga sessions available to purchase for £5 each here. Or London yoga studio &Sister is hosting live classes Mon – Fri on Zoom. Classes cost £5 per household and are 45 minutes long.
Concerts may be cancelled but that’s not stopping singer/songwriter L Devine. The British pop star will be live streaming a show for every date of her cancelled tour (26 & 30 Mar).
There’s more pop action over on Christine And The Queens’ Instagram page with the French singer performing nightly from the Ferber recording studio in Paris.
And if you’re after something classical, Barbara Hannigan and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra will be live streaming a show on 4 Apr at 2pm. They’ll be performing Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto.
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?
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 entertain
Finding it hard to get the nippers to nod off? Children’s author Oliver Jeffers (How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found) to the rescue with live readings on his Instagram, every night at 6pm.
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.
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.
Word on the (virtual) street is that one of our fave pubs The Prince Albert in Stroud is planning on doing a virtual pub quiz soon. Watch this space.
Joe Wicks has already got more than a million people tuning in to watch him exercise, ehem, we mean do excellent knee ups and planks. It’s PE for the nation! – someone give this man a public service medal. Catch it every day this week at 9am on his YouTube channel.