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.

With attractions closed and social distancing measures very firmly in place, travel is still off the cards for the time being – 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 while the gates are shut.

Lion at Port Lympne Hotel Reserve in Kent

Support local businesses

With temporary closures of many local businesses, we need to do what we can to help independent shops, eateries, pubs and many other places that are usually at the heart of our communities. From ordering a fancy takeaway to shopping at an online flea market, there are loads of ways you can support small businesses.

Photographer: Yuki Suguira

Stream theatre and concerts

Even though theatres and concert halls have shut up shop for the time being, 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.
  • Keep actors in work with Leave a Light On. London’s much-loved Theatre Café has teamed up with Lambert Jackson Productions to bring you a series of intimate live piano performances. They’ll be streamed daily for a small fee, and will feature a range of West End performers, from big-name stars to theatre newcomers. 
  • Get lost in a show at the Sheffield Theatres’ The Film Room
  • Mark World Theatre Day with a drama from the Royal Court
  • Watch Hampstead Theatre’s production of I and You, starring English actress Maisie Williams, on Instagram
  • 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.
  • Stream theatre every Sunday courtesy of Newcastle-born Coronavirus Theatre Club
  • Watch mesmerising short dance films  courtesy of the Birmingham Royal Ballet 

Learn something new

With all this new 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 at work!

Attend an online event or festival

Unfortunately, because of the virus, many music events and cultural festivals 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. 

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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’re going to be bringing England into your home. Follow us on social media where we’ll be sharing ideas from great English films to recipes, and even a traditional pub quiz!  

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