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Mon 30 Mar - Sun 5 Apr

We may not be able to venture out, but we’ve found a whole load of stuff to keep you entertained indoors. Week two of lockdown, let’s go!

FOOD & DRINK

If you’re looking to brush up on your baking skills during lockdown (GBBO here we come!) award-winning 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.

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.

FILM

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.

C Fylm 

C Fylm is Cornwall’s network of community cinemas, bringing the big screen to 32 village halls across Cornwall – and now your living room too, with films watched together on Weds eve at the same time in each home. Discussion of the film will then take place on the Facebook group.

FITNESS

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.

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, studios are beginning to stream live online /Instagram. We joined Oceanflow Yoga in Newquay for mantra chanting at 8am this morning, plus they have an entire class schedule all online – check their social media for details.

THEATRE

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.

Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café are live-streaming to keep you entertained and their West End performers in work. Leave a Light On 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 MusicalNatalie 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.

MUSIC

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. 

Like singing? Gareth Malone has launched the #greatbritishhomechorus with rehearsals via YouTube.

KIDS

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.

FUN

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.

Pub Sketching (Mon 30 March, 7pm)

This is a regular meet up at the Seaview Inn, Falmouth where materials are provided, no experience necessary. From today, the class is going on-line, live on Instagram at 7pm.

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