By / 9th April, 2020 / News / Off

We hope you’re all keeping safe, sane and well during these strange times!

We wanted to share some fabulous things for all the family to enjoy this Easter, whether you’re old or young, living alone or with a houseful!

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There’s something for everyone to experience this Easter, including some spectacular places to virtually visit, that you may not be able to visit in real life, so some real one-off and unique experiences included here. 🌟

Take a Virtual Museum Tour

From the diplodocus to the dodo, London’s Natural History Museum’s vast collection might be closed to the viewing public, but you can still get lost in the corridors and gallery spaces in this interactive online guide.

One treat is Dippy the dino, who despite recently going on tour and being in Cardiff, still makes an appearance in the entrance hall.

Check out this handy guide from Leeds List too, which details other Museums which are “Open” for Virtual Tours!

There are similar tours of the British Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and the Vatican Museums in Rome!

“Visit” the Theatre

Take a 360 degree tour of the Globe Theatre.

Has being unable to visit some of the country’s most incredible attractions made you even more keen to go? Us too. One thing we’re particularly missing, especially as it was one of the gatherings to be banned, is theatre.

Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s South Bank is undeniably special and although we can’t visit it right now, we can whet our appetites, by taking the virtual tour, which also includes clips from previous productions or facts about the original plays that were put on there.

Or why not enjoy a West End show performed directly in your living room!

Get your finest going-out gear on and make a night of one of your favourite shows being streamed into your living room.

The National Theatre is streaming a free performance of a much-loved show every Thursday.

Coming up this week, it’s Jane Eyre, from 7pm on April 9 until April 16, and then Treasure Island until April 23. All the details are here.

Not to be outdone, the king of musical theatre himself, Andrew Lloyd Webber, will also be streaming a production of one of his musicals on YouTube each week for free!

Called, The Shows Must Go On!, it began with the 2000 adaptation of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Each show will be available for a limited 48-hour period online every Friday from 7pm, with Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Tim Minchin, Chris Moyles and Mel C being the next on the list for the Easter weekend.

Read more on our very own Harrogate Theatre, who would love your support right now for their emergency appeal.

They are a charity with very little grant funding who rely on a steady cash flow from year-round shows and work to excruciatingly tight-knit budgets.

As they now face unavoidable cancellations, they also face a very uncertain future.

Please support them by buying tickets to future shows, joining the membership scheme, making a donation and more.

Attend the Virtual Launch of an Art Exhibition

Art lovers rejoice, as London-based Canadian artist TRATE isn’t letting coronavirus ruin his gallery launch.

He will be virtually exhibiting his second series of striking works entitled ‘Technicolour Malaise’ which is made up of a collection bold, figurative oil-on-canvas paintings.

You can view the gallery from 9 April for free!

Book a personal tour via aliastrate.com

Take a Tour of a Vineyard in Champagne

The four-day Easter weekend is what mini-breaks across the Channel were made for, but, alas, although we won’t be spending the bank holiday in France anytime soon, this 360 degree virtual tour shows you what you’re missing.

The Comité Champagne (which represents the 16,000 growers and 340 houses) has created an immersive film, which offers views of the Champagne hillsides, houses and cellars.

An optimistic glimpse of holidays to come!

Love Escape Rooms? Escape From Home!

Escape From Home is the latest way you can enjoy an Escape Room without having to travel.

Held in your own home, let the escape room experience come to you.

Challenge yourself and your friends to see if you can Escape From Home!

Easter Crafts

Get crafty and creative this Easter!

We couldn’t do an Easter blog without an Easter-themed craft and what a perfect way of using up all those empty toilet rolls, than by creating your own toilet roll animals!

All you need, are used toilet rolls, paint, googly eyes, coloured card for the beak, feet and ears and pipe cleaners for the bunny whiskers and if you want to make more animals, there are loads of different ones you can make here, from an octopus, to elephants and even crocodiles.

Paint your own ‘Stained Glass’

Another art project the whole family can join in with, is creating a stained glass window in your house!

All you need is some masking tape and some washable poster paint.

Start by using the masking tape to create your stained glass design.

Next, you can start painting in your pattern. If you need to thicken the paint try mixing with some cornflour. You might also need to paint a layer, let it dry and then paint it again.

When it’s all dry, carefully peel off the masking tape and admire your handy work.

These also make lovely window decorations to raise neighbours’ spirits at this difficult time.

World Tour

Holidaying abroad is cancelled for the foreseeable, but you can still tour the world virtually. Now is the time to take that trip around the world and tick things off your bucket list!

From hikes to Everest and Patagonia, a jaw-dropping ascent of El Capitan, to a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon, there so much to see online.

Hike the canyon’s Bright Angel Trail via a Google Street View Trek, while the Norwegian Lights over Lapland project takes travellers on a five-minute journey, through a series of 360-degree videos of the phenomenon!

Whilst touring the world, don’t forget to stop by some incredible Zoo’s on your virtual travels!

Northumberland Zoo will #BringtheZootoYou during these difficult times. Please subscribe to their YouTube Channel to help support the Zoo!

Chester Zoo held some fantastic Virtual Days last week and you can watch all of the fab footage back, here on their YouTube channel.

Have a look online for your own local Zoos to see what they are doing and what you can do to help them, during these tough times we face together.

Grow Your Own

With all this time on our hands at home, it’s the perfect excuse to get stuck into your gardening or tend to your window-boxes and home-grown fruit and vegetables!

Get heaps of advice and gardening tips from the RHS website.

Eat and be Merry!

A healthy diet is about far more than losing weight, and as coronavirus forces millions of people to lock themselves away from the world, it could prove invaluable for our mental health too.

While good nutrition has long been linked to a healthier mindset, experts have now revealed the simple act of cooking can make us happier too – offering a much-needed distraction and group activity inside.

Cooking can benefit our mental health because it is a mindful activity – right the way from meal prep to making the actual dish and a healthy diet can dramatically reduce stress levels and even help with sleeplessness.

80% of our serotonin (our happy hormone) is produced in the gut, so the healthier the gut, the more emotionally resilient we are.

Baking is a great activity to keep the kiddies busy and put smiles on their faces and it’s good therapy for stressed-out grown-ups too!

Whilst there’s some yummy, healthier recipes out there for you to try, we wanted to give you something to indulge on this Easter Weekend, so here we give you, a GBBO Recipe:

Spanish Lemon Meringue Cake (pictured bottom right)

(Serves 10)

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Baking time: 25 minutes

You Need:

250g digestive biscuits

110g unsalted butter melted

5 eggs separated

550g condensed milk

Juice of 5 lemons

75g caster sugar

20cm round, loose-bottomed cake tin, greased, then lined (base and sides) with baking paper

Method:

Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/Gas 6.

Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to fine crumbs.

Remove 2 tablespoons of the crumbs and set aside.

Add the melted butter to the crumbs in the food processor and blitz for a few seconds more until combined.

Transfer the buttery biscuit mixture to the prepared tin and use the back of a spoon to press it down firmly and evenly all the way to the edges of the tin to give an even base.

Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Using a balloon whisk, whisk in the condensed milk until fully incorporated. Then, slowly whisk in the lemon juice until combined.

Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit base.

Place the egg whites in a clean, grease-free bowl and whisk with an electric hand whisk to stiff peaks.

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You can even go one one better and get yummy homemade scones delivered direct to your door from the one and only Harrogate Tea Rooms!

Take up a new Hobby/Learn a new Skill

Use your extra free time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill during lockdown!

  • Keep Fit & Exercise is good for the soul and we love our daily workouts, whether it be something energetic like Joe Wicks‘ workouts, something fun like a dance class such as Kinesis Dance or something relaxing such as Yoga.

There are some great exercises for all different age ranges on Joe’s page, including seated workouts for the lesser mobile.

  • Learn a new Language, ready for that trip abroad, post-lockdown!

There’s some great online courses and lots of them are free right now, so have a good look about, but the Open University have some fantastic choices.

  • Learn a new skill, such as sewing. This is such a therapetuic hobby and a great way of passing time.

You can make some cute gifts for loved ones whilst you’re apart, or learn how to mend clothing or make new items, whilst the shops are shut.

A lovely lady that can teach you, is Angela of #SewAngelicThreads

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We hope to have given you lots of inspiration for Easter and beyond!

Happy home-making, baking, crafting, learning, creating, gardening, spring-cleaning and everything else in between!

Look after one another and until we can meet again, stay home and stay safe. ❤️

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