Self Isolation Boredom Busters

A Bit of Everything

Open Culture, a treasure trove of free online courses, lectures, eBooks, audio books, films, art, music, courses for children. There’s something here for everyone and it’s all free –

Getting Outside

While you need to ensure you’re following local coronavirus guidelines, it’s important for many people’s wellbeing to get outside most days – while, of course, ensuring distancing guidelines are stuck to.

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch can be a great way of getting outside while remaining at home. More details can be found on our event page here:


The National Theatre At Home –

National Theatre YouTube Channel –

The Show Must Go Online –

Nightly (23:30 GMT) Met Opera Streams –

Royal Opera House online programme –

Coronavirus Theatre Club, get news on Twitter of their live performances starting Sunday 29/03 –

Seal Point Ragdoll cat nestled amongst orange flowers.
Our mascot Pixel! ©Kat Humble, All Rights Reserved


A lot of people are rediscovering cookery now that they have the time. We can heartily recommend Jack Monroe for inspiration on a tight budget. Here’s her web site with loads of advice and recipes (including vegan) – and you can follow her on Twitter here – @BootstrapCook. Check out #JackMonroesLockdownLarder. Watch out for her on BBC One from 13 April 10:00 to 11:00 on Daily Kitchen!

Finding American recipes but having trouble finding some of the ingredients? Check this out –

A guide on what you can and can’t freeze. Very handy to cut down on waste. One food it doesn’t mention is coffee, either ground or beans. You can use it straight from the freezer, though if it’s beans, make sure to leave a few minutes before you grind them. –

A handy storage guide to make sure that your food will last as long as possible –


Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library –

The British Library’s digital collection –

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a huge collection of art books here –

Two Chow puppies, one lying facing the camera, one standing over the other.
Starting to relax? We specialise in fluffy here. ©Kat Humble, All Rights Reserved

Kid Stuff

Book for children explaining coronavirus written by a nurse –

Fancy some tunes? Check out DJ Harry! Nine year old Harry has been throwing daily dance parties to help people through the lockdown – You can make requests on his Facebook page here – and subscribe to his YouTube channel here –

Audible has made hundreds of children’s books free. You don’t even need to register –

Daily Art Lessons at 18:00 GMT –

The AKC Museum of the Dog Colouring Pages, Puzzles and Drawing Lessons –

Children’s Museum of Manhattan Daily Activities for Kids –

Things to Do with NASA at Home –

YouTube Learning for Preschoolers (Nursery Age) –

YouTube Learning for Older Children (Five and Up) –

YouTube Learning for Teens (Thirteen and Up) –

Hamster sat on top of a play tube set up.
Yeti wants to play! ©Kat Humble, All Rights Reserved

Learn Something New

Open-Access JSTOR Materials Accessible to the Public –

Shaw Academy Are Offering Free Courses During Lockdown –

Explore with NASA –

Maine Coon queen cat lying on a purple cloth, her front hanging over the edge of the table.
Time for snacks, yes? ©Kat Humble, All Rights Reserved

Arts, Culture and History

Arts and Culture from Around the World: Museums, Parks, Wonders of the World, National Parks and More –

Tour the British Museum –

Tour the Louvre –

Tour Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum –

Tour the Rijksmuseum –

German Shepherd dog with a flying disc in it's mouth.
But only in the back garden or a walk once a day when you can practice social distancing! ©Kat Humble, All Rights Reserved

Puzzles, Games and Activities

Download Colouring Pages from over 500 Collections From Museums and Libraries –

Free Crosswords from The Globe and Mail Canadian Newspaper –

Join a Virtual Choir –

Meditation Guides –

Beginner’s Guide to Buddhist Meditation –

Ginger tabby and white cat sunbathing on the kitchen table.
This meditation stuff is easy! ©Kat Humble, All Rights Reserved


Tour the National Parks of North America –

Tour the Great Wall of China –


The NHS needs volunteers!

Also please check out your local food bank. They always need donations, now more than ever. And if you are in a position to volunteer, that would be very welcome! –

A flock of nine ducks.
The ducks will be waiting for us at the park. ©Kat Humble, All Rights Reserved


Time Zone Converter, for help calculating when those non-UK events will start –

This page will be updated as we find more information. If you have something you think we should share, please email

Two people standing apart with a warning sign in a red circle that reads 2m.
Practice social distancing!