Virtual travel & from-home/at-home activities – PAGE 3
(for this time of isolation due to the coronovirus pandemic)



Fundraising / Charity


uk flagLionsgateLIVE UK – Free Films: for NHS Urgent Appeal +
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Announcing LionsgateLIVE UK: A Night At The Movies! Four Saturdays and four free movies to watch; in support of NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and The Film & TV Charity COVID-19 Emergency Response.


uk flagThe Big Quarantine Quiz – for NHS Urgent Appeal
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Live YouTube based quiz in aid of the NHS Urgent Appeal every Sunday from 7:45pm (BST). Featuring special guests such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Joanna Lumley, Michael Owen and more.


uk flagVirtual Eventing – for Worldwide Medical Charities
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With the aim of raising money for worldwide medical charities fighting Covid-19; top event riders are competing from their own yards/stables & homes. The competition is in the style of an International 3-Day Event, plus new challenges! There is an all-star global line up with over 50 world-class riders from a dozen countries. Free live stream: 6th-10th May.


uk flagFleabag
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the National Theatre Live have joined forces to make the critically acclaimed production of Fleabag available to rent (limited time only). The money raised, apart from taxes, will go to charities supporting those affected by the COVID19 pandemic: 35% to National Emergency Trust, 35% to NHS Charities Together, 15% to Acting for Others and 15% to Fleabag Support Fund.


uk flagSpectacular Pub Quizzes – Quarantine Pub-style Quizzes
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Live streamed online pub-style quizzes to keep you entertained in quarantine. Pick your theme, be it: wizardry, Friends, Gavin & Stacey, Star Wars, Disney or Lord of the Rings and more! They ask for a suggested £5 donation to
(Note: is a UK registered charity aimed at building a world where every child has an equal opportunity.)


uk flagBookblock – Positive Post NHS Fundraising Postcards
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Send a free postcard and support the NHS – Bookblock have teamed up with NHS Charities Together to help support NHS staff, raising money for the COVID-19 Urgent Appeal. They've created a beautifully illustrated range of free postcards to send out to loved ones (you pay P&P) and in return they ask for donations to the appeal.


uk flag Folk on Foot – Virtual Folk Festival
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The Folk on Foot Front Room Festival, offering six hours of fine folk music. There's a great line up of over 16 artists all playing sets of up to 30 minutes each from their front rooms. This is a fundraising event, half the money raised goes to the charity Help Musicians UK and half to the musicians playing at the festival to support musicians who've lost their livelihoods during the coronavirus lockdown.


uk flagP.E. with Joe – Joe Wicks
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Free online 30 min work-outs for of all ages (children, teenagers and adults) available at Joe Wicks channel The Body Coach TV. No equipment needed, live 9:00 GMT, or view recording later at your convenience. Joe aims to continue sessions for as long as schools are closed during this covid19 pandemic.

(Note: Joe has announced that any advertising revenue from his YouTube channel will be donated to the NHS [already £80,000 raised @1/3/20]. He's also announced that he will continue to post despite breaking a bone in his wrist while out on his bike.)


uk flag UK Hand Knitting – Knitting for Charity
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Knitters, why not spend lockdown knitting for your favourite charity? There are a lot of charities with campaigns asking for knitted items to be sold to raise money, or to help with their work directly. This list of such charities includes those diverse as: Hats for the homeless, Age UK, National Animal Welfare Trust and Médecins Sans Frontières ...


uk flag Sheffield Children's Hospital – Theo's 30-in-30 Challenge
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Challenging you to raise £30 in 30 days to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital and help make a difference to patients, families and staff. The challenge is to do something active every day, doesn't matter what, could be walking, running, dancing or doing an online work-out. There's also Theo's Big Night in Quiz to try on April 18th.


uk flag Run for Heros – for NHS Charities Together
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A simple fundraiser set up by Edinburgh runner, Olivia Strong. it's all the fives – run 5K (3.1 miles) social distancing of course! Then donate £5 and nominate 5 people from your social media to do the same. All proceeds go to NHS Charities Together who support the welfare and wellbeing of NHS staff as they fight COVID-19.


uk flagThe 2.6 Challenge – For London Marathon Charities
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Help the thousands of charities who will otherwise lose out on the millions normally raised by the London Marathon; many of these are now in dire straits at the very time vulnerable members of society need them most. It's still going strong and anyone and everyone is encouraged to join The 2.6 Challenge #TwoPointSixChallenge. This can be any activity, be it running 2.6 miles to holding an online workout with 26 of your friends or doing 26 press-ups with the dog on your back!



Gardens / Gardening


uk flagRHS – Virtual Chelsea Flower Show
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The famous Chelsea Flower Show has gone digital (until 23rd May) bringing an exciting line-up of world-leading garden designers, plant experts and practical gardening advice.


uk flagKew Gardens – Virtual Tours
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Bringing Kew and Wakehurst gardens to you. Virtual tours covering everything from a look at the arboretum nursery or glasshouses, to botanical travel to the tropics, deserts and mountains.


Monet's Carden at Giverny
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A short video tour via YouTube to vist Monet's garden at Giverny in Normandy, France; including the famous lily pond. Narrated by the Royal Academy curator Ann Dumas and head gardener James Priest.


uk flagAlpine Garden Society – Online Flower Show
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Calling exhibitors and viewers to this online flower show; entries are now open! Whatever your level, they have over 100 competition categories in which to enter your beautiful alpine plants. Entries close 1st June.


uk flagRHS Gardens – Virtual Tours
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Explore beautiful Royal Horticultural Society gardens from the comfort of your sofa with various videos and virtual tours from: Harlow Carr (North Yorkshire), Hyde Hall (Essex), Rosemoor (Devon) and the famous Wisley (Surrey).


uk flagRHS Campaign for School Gardening
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While the schools are off the RHS Campaign for School Gardening has some great graden related activities to occupy the kids and get them out in the garden sunshine; from learning about trees to a Design a Secret Garden Competition.


usa flagThe United States Botanic Garden – Virtual Tour
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Take a virtual tour using 360° imagery of the United States Botanic Garden in Washington DC; explore the Conservatory, the National Garden and Bartholdi Park.


uk flagBSBI: Wildflower Hour – Podcast & Activities
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Get the kids (or yourself!) intrested in Britains wild flowers! Wildflower Hour sets weekly wild flower challenges on its podcast every Sunday from 8–9pm. (BSBI: Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland).


uk flagHighgrove Gardens – Virtual Tour
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Discover the gardens of Highgrove House, Gloucestershire, the private residence of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Enjoy the Cottage Garden, Thyme Walk and Lily Pool and Sundial Gardens where sustainability and harmony with nature are the focus.


uk flagRoyal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Virtual Spring
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Short films that allow you to enjoy the sights of the season from home as the blossoms and blooms open and the plants spring to life.


uk – Gardening Videos
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Offering a host of videos to get you organic veg gardening during lockdown, including Lockdown Gardening. Learn essential gardening techniques from planning, to storing and preserving.




Movies / Film / Video


Banff Mountain Film Festival
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The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has shared a curated program of Festival adventure and outdoor films and shorts, available online for free for watching at home. Titles include: The River's Call; Chasing the Sublime, The Ride; How to Run 100 Miles, and For the Love of Mary.


usa flagBen Model – Silent Movies With New Music
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Watch silent movies with new musical scores by renowned silent film accompanist and historian Ben Model. Some are from DVD releases and some are rare one-of-a-kind prints of lost films in Ben's own collection.


Lockdown TV – Short Film Competition
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Open to anyone, a competition to write, shoot, produce and direct a short film of your choice (no less than 1 min, no more than 5). They want entrants to think outside the box (but stay inside their homes!) and create a film using nothing more than a smart phone, an actor or two and a good storyline.


Lockdown Surf Film Festival
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A free online film festival and celebration of surfing culture, working with the best surf filmmakers they are hosting a series of free screenings of the very best surf movies. Each film screened will be available for 24hrs only.


Indie Cork – The Vow Of Quarantine competition
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A challenge to all filmakers (existing and future) to create a short film (no more than 3-mins) based around quarantine conditions – filmed from lockdown using what they have to hand. Selected films will be shown at the IndieCork 2020 Film Festival; submission deadline is 21st June 2020
(Note: There is a charge for submission.)





uk flagLondon Music Masters – Friday Live
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Music events and activities every Friday from the music education charity London Music Masters. Offering a mix of live sessions and downloadable activities; ranging from composition workshops, performances, sing-alongs and violin/cello masterclasses.


Montreux Jazz Festival
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Montreux Jazz Festival have announced free streaming (for 30 days) for 50 concerts, including performances by Ray Charles, Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Deep Purple, Carlos Santana and many more.


uk flagThe Sofa Singers – Online Singing Events
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Free, weekly online singing in real time, bringing hundreds of people together from around the world for 45 mins of simultaneous singing "to spark joy and human connection". The Sofa Singers has been set up by vocal leader James Sills as a response to global self isolation during the Coronavirus outbreak.


United We Stream – Live-Streamed Berlin Nightclub Music
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Berlin nightlife is showing its support & solidarity during the current crisis by streaming the largest possible digital club right to you at home, promising a taste of the city's world-famous techno parties. This is happening every evening at 7pm (6pm EST) when DJ sets, music & live performances are live-streamed from the city's nightclubs.
(Note: This is not a free event, they're asking for modest contributions & all income from the stream will go directly to a relief fund to support clubs & event organizers in need.)


Berlin Philharmonic
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The Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic has been made free for everyone during the current crisis; redeem the special code for free (30-day) access to online performances from one of the best orchestras in the world. Discover the great conductors and soloists with over 40 live HD broadcasts each season, 100's of archived concerts, interviews, concert intros, documentaries and free family education programme concerts.


uk flag Great British Home Chorus – Virtual Choir with Gareth Malone
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An initiative to bring together amateur and professional singers around the UK while we are experiencing 'Social Distancing'. The Great British Home Chorus aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to an ambitious digital music project, conceived in the light of many closures to communal rehearsal spaces nationwide. Register to get involved.


uk flag Edinburgh International Harp Festival – Virtual Festival
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The Edinburgh International Harp Festival (3rd-8th April) has gone virtual! Celebrating every kind of harp, music and friendship the Festival is offering concerts and online tuition in a free-for-all event (registration not required); videos will be on their website (link above), Facebook page and YouTube channel.


uk flag Vchoir – Virtual Choir
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A free virtual choir for singing, dancing and smiling. There are two options: Vchior: That Friday Feelin' (Fri 7:30pm BST), suitable for all ages & abilities, choir leader: Elizabeth Lusty. Vchior: Silver Sing Along (Wed 11am BST), suitable for care homes, carers, the elderly & adults with dementia, choir leader: James Saldivar.


uk flag Singing With Nightingales – Live or Catch-up
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Magical! Catch a live broadcast or catch-up on previous ones as you listen to musicians duet with the sweet song of the nightingale. Each evening, until the 9th May, listen to live streaming of nightingales singing in their territory after darkness falls; together with guest musicians playing from their own homes, creating beautiful improvised duets.


uk flag Fender – Free Online Guitar Lessons
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These free guitar, bass & ukulele lessons are available for 3 months from Fender, but there's a limited supply so go to the site & pick up your code now! (Originally set at 100,000 codes, they've now extending the offer to the first 500,000 who sign up.) Available for a variety of different music styles (including blues, country, pop & rock ...).


uk flagRoyal Albert Hall – Royal Albert Home
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A programme presenting exclusive sessions by the world's most talented musicians and artists, streaming from their homes to yours. Presenting (among others): Peter Gregson, Alexis Ffrench, Alfie Boe, Richard Archer & Krysten Cummings, Roddy Woomble, Brassed Off, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Baxter Dury, Toby Thompson, and Sea Shambless.

(Note: programme is streamable free-of-charge, with an option to donate to the Royal Albert Hall).


uk flag Folk on Foot – Virtual Folk Festival
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The Folk on Foot Front Room Festival, offering six hours of fine folk music. There's a great line up of over 16 artists all playing sets of up to 30 minutes each from their front rooms. This is a fundraising event, half the money raised goes to the charity Help Musicians UK and half to the musicians playing at the festival to support musicians who've lost their livelihoods during the coronavirus lockdown.