What to do during isolation? Here's our guide of things to...

Updated: Jan 13

Bored at home? We've put together a list of things to do to keep you entertained.


Royal Opera House

During isolation the ROH isn’t able to open it’s doors, but you can get a taste of the opera at one of their free streamed performances. You can join in on their Facebook page or YouTube channel. They are offering performances of:

· Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7pm GMT

· Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST

· Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST

· The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST

Metropolitan Opera

Similar to the ROH, the Metropolitan Opera is offering streaming of some of it’s previous performances. The performance changes nightly so take a look at what’s on this evening. Here are the full instructions on how to access it for free.

Broadway HD are offering a free 7 day trial to stream Broadway hits. It is a paid subscription after the trial so make sure you cancel if you don’t want to continue paying.

Catch up on some TV… Here are some of our Team recommendations for shows to check out.

free options

BBC iPlayer



Paid subscription services

Netflix has a wide range of TV series – British and American, plus documentaries and films. Netflix create their own ‘Netflix Original’ shows that you can only find here. Currently you can also access netflixparty.com which is a Chrome browser extension that allows you to share a movie with friends in a different location. Film night at a distance!

Now TV – you will need a device to stream from NowTV unless you watch on a computer. You buy passes for the genre you would like – film, entertainment, sports or kids. All are via the Sky network so there are plenty of shows and films to choose from.

Amazon Prime Video – similar to Netflix there is plenty to choose from and Amazon also have their own Amazon exclusive shows.

Some ideas from our community:

Karen shared:

For a small fee membership there’s private theatres like Broadway (Nottm) and Phoenix screening to home https://player.bfi.org.uk/rentals/film/watch-i-wish-2011-online

Films on MUBI: https://mubi.com/films/domains You can get 3 months Mubi subscription for £1 at the moment (or free if you are a Broadway member)

Watch a play at home for free. You choose which play, the date and the time. Follow the link, read the instructions, you choose, then sit back and relax. https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/hampstead-theatre-at-home/wonderland/. Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian will re-release the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free.


Worldwide Attractions

Being at home doesn’t mean you have to avoid a day trip. Why not visit these attractions online where they are offering virtual tours and videos?

Edinburgh Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Louvre

Yellowstone National Park

Van Gogh Museum

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

British Museum – they are sharing content across different platforms - from their website to social media to Google Arts & Culture. Check their website for up to date information and to access their online catalogue.

Visit various different museums and landmarks using Google Arts & Culture. You can visit the Eiffel Tower, walk around the Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia or explore the world of Harry Potter at the British Library.


Wine Tasting - Order one of Pull The Cork’s Isolation Wine Tasting Kits (available to buy for £45) ready for a live Instagram wine tasting on Saturday. Remember when you said you wanted to learn a new skill in quarantine? It looks like you have to be in a hurry to order though as they quickly go out of stock!

TED Talks - There are thousands of talks about all sorts of topics. Visit the website to search for a topic of your choice. We love TED for all of the different things you can learn – click here for some of our favourites and share yours.

Podcasts - There are many podcasts you could listen to on all manner of subjects, from funny to serious, to learning to entertaining. You can access podcasts through lots of different ways some of which are via BBC Sounds, Stitcher, Spotify, iTunes or SoundCloud. Some of our recommendations are on this post here.

British Sign Language - British-Sign.co.uk are offering a pay what you can scheme for their courses. Why not spend the time learning a new skill?

Learn a new language with Duolingo or Memrise

Open University Free Courses – Did you know Open University offer free courses? There are lots to choose from with all kind of subjects to learn about.

Udemy – these are paid for courses but heavily discounted. There are lots to choose from.

Learn to cook - something vegan, something Jamie-ish or something deliciously naughty!

Learn to play guitar - Fender Play are offering 3 months free online lessons

Meditate with


Insight Timer

Smiling Mind

Educate the Children

Joe Wicks morning workouts

Audible free children’s audio books

David Walliams is reading daily stories for free

Mylene Klass is offering daily music classes

Oti Mabuse of Strictly fame is offering dance classes on You Tube

Learn some more science with Maddie Moate

Become a Maths genius with Carol Vorderman

History with Dan Snow

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