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!
Keep an eye on the residents of Colchester Zoo with daily webcam footage and keeper talks.
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.
Invest in a restaurant voucher or gift card to use once things calm down – heaps of restaurants around the country are offering them, like Pinner's Thai Villa and Hawksmoor steakhouse, so check out eateries near you to see what they’re doing.
Raise your glasses to a selection of London-based bars offering to deliver your favourite tipple to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Get stuck in to making your own Bombay Sapphire Distillery-inspired cocktails while its doors are closed.
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.