50+ ways to explore England while staying home

Stonehenge is a large henge or stone circle in Wiltshire, and an internationally recognised travel destination. Huge standing stones were dragged to the site and placed in the landscape in the era 2,500 BC. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Even though many attractions across England have had the thumbs up to reopen their doors, you might not be able or ready to visit just yet – but dreaming of travel (or even planning future trips) doesn't have to wait! From virtual festivals 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!

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England

 

Hang out with animals on your sofa

From penguins to lions, and giraffes to red pandas, UK zoo webcams let you take a sneak peek into the lives of resident animals.

Lion at Port Lympne Hotel Reserve in Kent

Support local businesses

Temporary closures has impacted many local businesses, so we need to do what we can to help independent shops, eateries, pubs and many other places at the heart of our communities. From ordering a fancy takeaway to buying farm-fresh produce, there are loads of ways you can support small businesses.

Photographer: Yuki Suguira

Stream theatre and concerts

Theatres and concert halls still aren't able to open their curtains to live shows yet, but it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on music and riveting theatre while you’re indoors – instead, get your fill (and help keep the arts alive!) by streaming concerts, dance, plays and catchy musicals from your computer, tablet or phone.

  • Watch thespians in action with the Shakespeare’s Globe player 
  • Sing along to The Wind in the Willows 
  • Get engrossed in top West End shows with Digital Theatre 
  • Feast your eyes on free opera and ballet shows on the Royal Opera House’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
  • Get lost in a show at the Sheffield Theatres’ The Film Room
  • Round off your day with a drama from the Royal Court
  • Stream award-winning dance with Birmingham-based Rosie Kay Dance Company
  • Check out full-length dance performances and online workshops on Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage
  • Head over to YouTube every Thursday to watch free full-length plays, 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 
  • Bring live music to your living room with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s online concerts.
  • Find your new favourite comedian, poet or singer with LeftLion Sofa Sessions, a new initiative helping local Nottinghamshire artists while they’re out of work.
  • Escape day-to-day life with a performance or two from the Northern Ballet during their Pay As You Feel Digital Season.
  • Watch mesmerising short dance films  courtesy of the Birmingham Royal Ballet 

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’ll definitely have something to boast about once you’re back in the office!

  • Get baking with Bread Ahead
  • Perfect a new recipe with cook-along videos and tutorials on Borough Market’s Facebook community group.
  • Get crafty and create something special with help from a series of blogs, live streams and videos by London-based company, M.Y.O (Make Your Own)  - keep your eye out for the next live session on their Instagram page.
  • Grow your own with help from the Royal Horticultural Society 
  • Go wild with Chester Zoo's learning tools, perfect for hassle-free homeschooling.
  • Play with clay and learn to make bowls and lots more with Kana’s Stay Home Kana Clay Club
  • Polish up on your icing skills with Biscuiteers' home icing kits
  • Learn about the night sky from your own back garden with online stargazing courses by astro-photographer Gary Lintern
  • Grow your own garlic, with top tips and advice from the Isle of Wight’s famous Garlic Farm
  • Turn your hand to top-notch tipples with Selfridge’s Make-do Mixology recipes
  • Get stuck in to making your own Bombay Sapphire Distillery-inspired cocktails while its doors are closed.

Attend an online event or festival

Unfortunately, many music events and cultural festivals that were meant to take place this year have had to be cancelled. Though all is not lost - thanks to the internet and social media, many events are now set to take place online, meaning everyone can join in with the fun. 

  • Shropshire's 4th Ginger and Spice Festival will take place virtually this year, from Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th September. Celebrating the town of Market Drayton, the festival showcases local businesses, food and drink. Online festivalgoers can expect everything from live cookery workshops to gingerbread house contests and best ginger cat and dog competitions!

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We know it is a difficult time and at the moment and we can’t do some of the usual activities we love to do.

So, for now, we can bring England into your home. Follow us on social media where we’ll be sharing ideas for your post-isolation trip!  

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