As theatres, galleries and concert halls close their doors and households are placed in lockdown, artists and venues up and down the country are heading online to continue offering invaluable cultural services.
We know times like these can take a toll on your wellbeing, so we’ve put together a handy list of all the fantastic cultural resources you can access from the comfort of your very own home.
Share to Care
Now more than ever, we need to find ways to stay connected to those around us. There are many isolated and vulnerable people in our communities who are struggling to stay connected, and we believe creativity and the arts could help make a difference.
We need your help!
We want you to think creatively about how we can help those most vulnerable to stay connected through arts and culture to show how much we care.
Crafternoons, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, from 1pm every Saturday
Join us on our social media platforms every Saturday afternoon for our themed craft sessions!
Alternatively, catch up by checking out our YouTube channel here.
Online exhibitions, Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, daily
Follow us on social media for a daily insight into some of our contemporary art exhibitions.
Tuesday MovesDay, Culture Warrington, weekly
Check out our social media pages every Tuesday for dance workouts for people of all ages and abilities.
Or check out our YouTube channel here.
Warrington Together Community Quilt, Culture Warrington, ongoing
Culture Warrington is putting together a patchwork quilt to celebrate everything our community loves about the borough. The charity is inviting people to make their very own patch about the thing they love most about Warrington by simply using materials they find around the house. Once our venues reopen, people will be able to drop in their finished masterpieces to be included in the Warrington Together quilt. For more information, head to https://wmag.culturewarrington.org/
Local history blog, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, every Tuesday
Delve into the archives of Warrington Museum & Art Gallery (virtually, of course!) to discover little-known histories of our borough. Join archives officer Philip Jeffs on our social media platforms as he recounts some of the town’s most surprising tales.
Catch up by visiting our website now! https://wmag.culturewarrington.org/
Museums from Home, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, every Monday
Our museum staff have been busy curating their very own miniature museums at home. Why not take a look at our social media pages every Monday to see what they’ve been up to? You can also make your very own collection and share it with us using the hashtag #MuseumFromHome. Don’t forget to tag us!
Catch up by visiting our website now! https://wmag.culturewarrington.org/
BBC Arts, ongoing
Step into a world of Culture as BBC Arts presents an exciting range of online resources. From live screenings of the best-loved ballets, to spellbinding concerts and top tips on creative activities, this hive of activity is guaranteed to keep you entertained during quarantine. Head to https://www.bbc.co.uk/arts
National Theatre Home, weekly
Enjoy the very best of British theatre as the National Theatre announces a new initiative that allows you to stream the latest productions for free! Head over to bit.ly/NationalTheatreHome at 7pm every Thursday or catch up during the following week.
Royal Shakespeare Company
Unmissable drama is heading online as the Royal Shakespeare Company presents its Culture in Quarantine programme.
Experience six of The Bard’s greatest plays, including Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and more as RSC broadcast their world-class productions. Find out more: https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/bbc-culture-in-quarantine
Royal Shakespeare Company homework help
Check out the RSC’s Shakespeare Learning Zone to help support students as they engage with the plays.
Offering a wide range of content, such as videos, games and interactive activities relating to the plays and homework help from actors, this is a fantastic online resource to support home learning.
Oti Mabuse Live Dance Classes, catch up now!
Catch up with Strictly star Oti Mabuse in this feel-good dance class for kids, adults and the whole family! Just 30 minutes long, these themed sessions are guaranteed to get your blood pumping and leave a big smile on your face!
Head to https://www.facebook.com/OtiMabuse/ to catch up now!
PE with Joe
Put your family’s fitness to the test as social media star Joe Wicks puts you through your paces! Head over to his Facebook page every morning to squat, stretch and star jump your way to health and happiness!
Click here – https://www.facebook.com/JoeWicksTheBodyCoach/
The Stay-at-Home Literary Festival
Literature lovers are in for a real treat as top writers come together for a series of unmissable workshops. From sharing new material with fans to offering tip-top advice to aspiring writers, this fantastic resource offers a wealth of inspiration to bookworms!
Find out more https://stayathomefest.wordpress.com/
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
Immerse yourself in the sound of one of the world’s most esteemed orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic offers access to its digital archive – for free! Performing all of the greatest masterpieces, enjoy an incredible musical experience from the comfort of your own home.
Click here to tune in now! https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home
University art classes you can take for free
Artists can brush up on their technique in lockdown as Artsy presents 10 university art classes you can take for free. With themes ranging from Ancient Egypt to Utopic Extraction and everything in between, you’re sure to find something that captures your imagination.
Go wherever your imagination takes you as Audible Stories brings all the world’s greatest literature to your device. With titles for children (and big children!) of all ages and in a number of different languages, this is the ideal way to keep your family entertained in lockdown!
Click here to start listening now adbl.co/audiblestoriesdigital
The Wildlife Trusts
Step into the great outdoors without leaving the comfort of your home by tuning into The Wildlife Trusts’ webcams. From peregrines and puffins to badgers and bats, take a look at what Mother Nature is up to during lockdown.
Click here https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams
Sadlers Wells Digital Stage
Enjoy world-class dance at its finest as Sadlers Wells opens the door to its Digital Stage. Launching on World Theatre Day, audiences can enjoy a range of performances and workshops online, starting with the BalletBoyz on Friday 27 March.
Other highlights include a new version of Wilkie Brandon’s TOM, a dance for camera installation, and balletLORENT’s family-friendly production of Rumpelstiltskin. Plus, audiences can get involved with a range of ballet workshops for young children and the over 60s.
Head to https://www.facebook.com/SadlersWells/ to find out more!
Have you been looking for the ideal opportunity to spruce up the garden before summer arrives? Now is the perfect time! Head over to Gardeners’ World for top tips on how to get your garden looking beautiful in lockdown.
Click here https://www.gardenersworld.com/
Singing for Breathing
Make some noise during lockdown with step-by-step singing exercises. Work on your breathing and other vocal techniques with informative warm-up videos before letting your hair down with top tunes such as Consider Yourself and Moonriver.
Click here to start singing now! bit.ly/singingworkshops