The days are shorter and colder and, once again, we find ourselves stuck at home – but dreaming of travel (or even planning future trips) doesn't have to wait! From virtual crafts classes to museum walk-throughs, there are plenty of ways to keep busy and explore England without stepping out of your front door.
Take virtual tours of England's top attractions
Pack in some art, history and culture while you’re at home – learn something new, or admire something old on one of these virtual tours of museums, galleries and heritage attractions, or explore the outdoors without getting your shoes dirty. Some even have interactive elements to get the kids involved!
Go wild with Chester Zoo's creative learning tools, or tune in to their Virtual Zoo Days to catch a glimpse of red pandas, giraffes, tigers and more.
Give bees, butterflies, birds and many more a helping hand with RSPB's at-home activities (you can even earn yourself some badges!).
Stream theatre, events and concerts
Theatres and concert halls still aren't able to open their curtains, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on music and riveting theatre while you’re indoors – instead, escape your day-to-day routine (and help keep the arts alive!) by streaming concerts, dance, plays and catchy musicals from your computer, tablet or phone.
Check out full-length dance performances and online workshops on Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage
Round off your day with behind-the-scenes videos and cast reunions, courtesy of the National Theatre.
Calling all musical-theatre lovers! Head over to the YouTube channel ‘The Shows Must Go On!’ to enjoy a selection of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals, premiering weekly. The channel also links out to Acting For Others, who are welcoming donations to support the arts industry during this tough time.
Listen to the smooth sounds of artists performing from their homes with the Royal Albert Hall’s Royal Albert Home
Discover this year's virtual Dark Skies Festival, complete with an out-of-this-world line-up, running throughout February
Immerse the kids in Shakespeare with The Globe's Telling Tales workshops and storytelling sessions
Broadcast music, literature and intriguing talks straight into your living room with the Southbank Centre's Inside Out series
Learn something new
With all this time on your hands, why not put them to use and learn a new skill or heaps of new knowledge? With help from a selection of attractions and businesses across the country, you and even the kids can take education to the next level - and you’ll have something to boast about once you’re back in the office!