5 Things To Do Over Easter During Lockdown
With the nation making sure they #stayhome to protect the NHS, Easter weekend is going to be very different this year. But just because you’re staying home, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time. We’ve put together our list of exciting ways to experience something special in the comfort of your own home.
If your theatre plans have been put on hold, don’t fret because you can still experience award-winning shows from your sofa. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel is releasing a free full-length, smash-hit musical once a week. Jesus Christ Superstar will be premiering at 7pm on Friday 10th April for you and your family to enjoy. If musicals aren’t your bag, check out the National Theatre and Hampstead Theatre for critically acclaimed plays, The Metropolitan Opera for performance streams between 6th-12th April, and The Royal Opera House streams of Opera and Ballet performances on Facebook & YouTube. Interested in backstage? The Lowry’s YouTube channel & blog offers great behind the scenes content, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has an informative virtual theatre tour on their website. In addition to our free picks, for just £2.99 you can rent the new, family friendly Wind in The Willows musical, or from as little as £3.99 you can rent one of the spectacular performances from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Games & Activities
Lockdown has certainly meant entertainment companies have become incredibly creative in offering online versions of their experiences. Why not challenge your family to one of the free Escape From Home escape rooms. Choose from The Egyptian Escape and A Pirate’s Problem, and work together with your lockdown crew to solve the mystery. Loving the live online pub quizzes? On Saturday 11th, check out the Naomi House & Jacksplace Hospice Easter Quiz on Facebook Live at 7:30pm, hosted by Robbie James from Express FM and BBC Radio Solent. On Sunday 12th, join Quiz-master Scott for his Easter Sunday Family Quiz via Facebook Live. For a less time sensitive activity, why not try the St Nicholas Hospice Care Virtual Easter Egg Hunt. Interested in a little light hearted history? For just £5 you can experience the streets of 19th century East End London with an expert Ripperologist guide in the Jack the Ripper Mystery Virtual Tour & Games. Your ticket provides you with login details for 1 device to access the online murder mystery experience. And lastly, in lockdown with some wannabe singing superstars? Check out the popular karaoke bar, Lucky Voice’s home karaoke service, and sing to your hearts content.
Art Gallery & Museum Tours
There’s no need to miss out on your arts and culture fix this Easter. Luckily there are a raft of galleries and museums that have opened their digital doors for virtual tours. Some of our favourites include The British Museum, The National Gallery, and The Natural History Museum. The Tate Galleries have some beautiful online exhibitions and a brilliant children’s section to get the whole family involved. Interested in further afield? Take a stroll around the beautiful art at The Vatican in Rome, or check out the exhibitions at the New York Met Museum for free on their YouTube channel. Want more? Go over to Google Arts & Culture for a huge list of galleries and museums you can enjoy from your armchair.
Animals & Nature
Unless you live or work on a farm, enjoying the miracle of life during lambing season this year isn’t practical, however you can still go down to the farm from the comfort of your own home. Check out St Fagans National Museum of History’s Lambcam to see footage of the 300 lambs they welcomed into the world this Spring. For a walk around a real farm without putting your wellies on, try the LEAF virtual farm walk. On Saturday 11th join Wroxham Barns on their family friendly weekly junior farm Facebook Live with the pigs. If you’re interested in British nature, check out Chris Packham’s Live Streams on Facebook and the fascinating content from BBC Springwatch. Missing out on a family Zoo trip? Chester Zoo have you covered with their brilliant virtual zoo and live streams.
If you’re missing out on an Easter break abroad, why not bring the sights to you with 360 virtual tours and videos? Replace your city break with wandering around Barcelona’s unique Park Guell on 360 Stories, exploring the Catacombs of Paris on 360 Stories, and walking inside the Colosseum in Rome on Google Maps. Take a journey into Patagonia via 360 video, or use Google Maps to tour ancient civilisations such as Petra, or the Pyramids of Giza. It’s not just wondrous historic landmarks either, take a 360 virtual tour around a UNESCO World Heritage champagne vineyard in France - glass in hand optional!
However you spend Easter this year, we know you can make the best of a difficult time. If you are a key worker keeping the country going over the Easter break and beyond, from everyone here at UIA, thank you. We appreciate everything you do and we are proud to serve many of you as our members.