The world has changed in the most extraordinary way over the last few weeks and now instead of planning holidays and day trips, we’re at home for the near future. We’ve had a think about the kind of things you would have been doing and we’ve compiled some great ideas for places you can visit, without leaving your home. Some of these great attractions, people and places are going above and beyond to create great experiences for you to enjoy.
Glasgow Science Centre would have been welcoming thousands of visitors this Easter but instead, like many attractions, it remains closed. You can still enjoy some of the great fun you would have if you visited in person, via their live ‘Glasgow Science Centre at home’ feature every weekday at 10am. Each day is a different subject with a range of topics including Spinning Forces and Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Egg drop challenge.
You’ll be able to travel further than you ever expected during the holidays, as museums throughout the world virtually open their doors for you to explore. You can wander round the British Museum, tour the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and visit the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul. In fact, via the Google Arts & Culture, you can visit and tour 500 of the worlds best attractions. This is also a great tool to use for those home schooling children at the moment.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is closed to the public but is offering live cams so you can check in on your favourite sea creatures including the Sharks and the Penguins.
If you’re a lover of music, no matter the genre, there’s plenty on offer. Many well loved singers, such as Pink, Chris Martin and Miley Cyrus have been offering live concerts and entertainment. Gary Barlow has been performing duets with a range of super stars including Brian May, Matt Lucas, Olly Murs and Katherine Jenkins. It’s worth looking at the social media of your favourite musicians to see what they have to offer. BBC Arts are running Culture in Quarantine bringing arts and culture to you in your home, including theatre experiences and The Met Opera is streaming live performances for you to enjoy.
If you live locally to Dumfries and Galloway, the brilliant Mr Pooks restaurant in Castle Douglas are offering an at home service.They create a three course meal, with a range of sides and even wines, which they deliver to your door (see their website for delivery areas). If you don’t live locally to Mr Pooks, there are many restaurants of all kinds across the country that are adapting and offering delivery services to their customers.
If you’re keen on staying fit, or want to take up a new exercise whilst at home, hundreds of the UK’s most well known fitness experts are taking to social media and to YouTube to create at home workouts. Joe Wicks the Body Coach is offering PE with Joe every week day morning at 9am, live on his You Tube channel – and it’s not just for the kids. You Tube has hundreds of free workouts, so whether you fancy giving Crossfit, Pilates, Yoga, HIIT or boxing a go; or whether you want to try them all and see what you like best, you’ll find content that suits you.
At a time where it’s never been more important to stay connected, why not start something new with a friend or family member. Exercise together virtually, start a book club, learn a new language, host a quiz night or investigate your family tree. There are plenty of apps such as Zoom that allow you to talk with your loved ones face to face and the internet has endless resources to help.
Wherever you are in the world and whatever keeps you happy during these testing times, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and stay well.