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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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, 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!