What To Do? (if staying at home)

Needing Help or other services during Coronavirus restrictions?
Please click here to go to Helmdon Parish Council's Coronavirus update page.


If staying at home, here are some suggestions....

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Book Exchange & DVDs to Borrow

Helmdon Reading Room will open its doors on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 10am till midday, and on Thursdays from 2pm till 4pm, to allow access to the collection of Books to exchange and DVDs to borrow** / exchange.
** Some disks belong to Helmdon Presents - please borrow then return for others to use (they are labelled). Others disks can be treated as normal exchange/swap items.
Note: Hand sanitiser is provided for use on entry and exit and only 'one person at a time' ensures good social distancing. Contact: Morag Underwood for more information

Exercise / Fitness / Dance Classes

Joe Wicks otherwise known as "The Body Coach" is a British fitness coach, TV presenter and author. His fitness method uses short intense High Intensity Interval Training workouts. See The Body Coach's YouTube channel for a library of workout vidoes to watch. Originally shown live daily, they were scaled back in June with the final live session on 22 July 2020.

Davina McCall is now offering 14-day free trial of her Own Your Own Goals home programme "Stay healthy together with fitness, nutrition & wellbeing".

Sadler's Wells is offering free daily online dance classes: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/

Theatre Performances & Other Arts

For your culture fix try the listings on https://culturefix.digital/
Headings include: Art, Classical, Dance, Design, Film, For Families, History, Literature, Music, Musicals, Opera, Talks, Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Musicals are available on the The Shows Must Go On - YouTube channel. A musical is released on Friday at 7pm and available for 48 hours.

BBC /The Arts Council
Try BBC Culture in Quarantine for a wide range of exhibitions and performances.

The Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Home brings exclusive sessions from artists' homes to yours whilst the Hall is shut. These shows are all available for free but, if you can, please donate to the Hall.

The National Theatre are screening free plays on YouTube from their archive of live theatre productions. There will be a different play each week starting on Thursday April 2nd with "One man two Guvnors". Each play will be available to stream for 7 days. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some brilliant plays. More information at https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home. Or,
click here to go to their YouTube channel.

Sadler's Wells is offering free daily dance performances: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is providing free access to a series of productions.
You can watch the production when aired at 7pm on Mondays, or you can watch the recording anytime until the following Sunday. This is provided at no charge but the Globe Theatre hopes that some will click a link to make a donation to support the service. For more information please click here to visit their website.
To go straight to The Globe's YouTube channel please click here.

Online & TV Entertainment

Amazon Prime have made many programmes for young children available at NO CHARGE. You will need to register with your name and email address to watch complete programmes. Click here for details of free programmes

The BBC have announced eight new TV shows for life on lockdown - click here for more information
Note: This page includes current news headlines and therefore may be unsuitable for young children, or for those trying to avoid news pages.

On-line Learning

OpenLearn - Why not trying one of OPEN UNIVERSITY's free courses https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

FutureLearn - Choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations (online courses, some with chargeable extensions) https://www.futurelearn.com/

BBC Bitesize - Now adding three new lessons every weekday for each school year (BBC update 05 May 2020). Click here to get started.

Local Projects for Children

Local suggestions, and responses from other villagers, are often posted on Helmdon Villagers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155305001191572/
Note that you need to join as a member of this Facebook Group to see the posts.

Museums and Galleries

If you are missing out on trips to museums and galleries DO take a look at their websites as many of them offer online access to their collections which can be fascinating.

English Heritage, together with Google, have released some articles to illustrate more about the properties that they maintain but which we cannot currently visit in person. Click here to see more. (Some pages/pictures require you to 'scroll down' to see the text or find more pictures, etc.)

See also listings on https://culturefix.digital/

Live Action Webcams

Webcams of London - See the sights of London (live or timed) - please click here

Edinburgh Zoo has several webcams streaming live footage: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/#pandacam

Thanks to the BBC for the following. These may include adverts. See original BBC News page for more information:

More Suggestions?

We'll hope to regularly add to this 'What to Do' page. If you have links to online exercise, education or crafts, appropriate for a range of audience ages, please feel free to email the link to webmaster@helmdonparishcouncil.gov.uk - many thanks.