Quick links to virtual activity online
There is so much to do online – here are some quick links to keep you occupied whilst at home.
Virtual tours, and live webcams
- NASA Live: – Watch the earth from space
- Crystal Bay webcam – Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand
- Fly over Italy’s Cinque Terre Coast by Drone
- National park tours
- Explore Venice – through multiple webcams
- European palaces
- Arctic Travel Experts created ‘virtual lights over Lapland’ tour
- Future Learn – Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
- Explore a Roman fort
- Take a virtual tour of York Minster
Arts and culture
- Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals – streaming free online
- 10 best Broadway shows to watch online free
- Stream a free full-length play thanks to National Theatre
- J P Brewer – View classic paintings online
- Walter’s Museum – houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
- Rob Biddulph an artist posting draw-along videos
- British Museum – free videos
- BBC Radio 4 – The history of the world – podcasts
- 50 things that made modern economy – podcasts
- Love in Isolation by Globe Theatre. A choice of free Shakespeare plays including Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. Coming soon, Macbeth. Ideal for GCSE and A level students who are studying English.
- Marquee TV – streaming arts and culture
- Museums with virtual tours (includes Guggenheim)
- Teaching history – 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history
- Exploration of the day – Artistic website connecting people from around the world
- Drama Online online theatrical performances including Donmar Warehouse
- Black history telling the story of the black British experience
- The Queen’s Royal Collection
- U3A talking about art and visual literacy
- 100 places North East historic places across the North East
- 100 Objects North East creativity and innovation in the North East
- Solomon Kingsnorth – books in PDF, Word and audio book format – Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Black Beauty
- David Walliams has launched, Elevenses, a free audio children’s story every day from 30 March
- Explore the wizarding world with Harry Potter
- Try the Make Movement Your Mission‘ short videos taking you through a range of key exercises for people in later life three times a day.
- Stay in, Work out Sport England
- InformationNOW article including chair based exercise. We link you to pictures and diagrams to help visualise the workout.
Food and recipes
- University of the 3rd Age Newcastle, (U3A) has set up a recipe exchange
- Get growing with the RHS in your garden
- Radio 4 Gardener’s question time
- DIY and crafts how to grow food at home from food scraps
Geography, nature, and history
- National Geographic
- Tutorful top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources
- Project Noah global site where you can view and share wildlife
- Kent Wildlife association simple ideas you can do in the garden to help wildlife
- World games geography games
Learn a new skill
- Craft projects – sew, knit, crotchet, quilt, and fun for the family too. Some free and some £.
- Learn to touch-type – free access
- Get creative with Digital Making at Home – New videos each week for 3 levels of experience
- Fender free online guitar lessons
- Future learn ideas for courses
- Newcastle City Learning is offering free taster sessions online during May using ZOOM technology. You can choose from Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese or French.
- Library services is expanding its range of electronic books, magazines, comics and audio books.
join, read online and listen Choose RB Digital or Borrow Box
- Mindful poetry moments
- Kindle Unlimited – 2 months free access
- Gutenburg – Download free books, e.g. Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc.
- Listening books.org – For people with Parkinson’s Disease, visual impairment, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, mental health difficulty or learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, which impacts the ability to read or hold a book
- Read Free Literature – also includes study guides
- Open Library Access – Free but you need to create an account
*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator
- Rotterdam Philharmonic musicians team up online to play Beethoven’s 9th
- Free Chamber music – Live streaming
- Berlin Philharmonic orchestra – Live streams and performance archive
- Facebook Virtual Choir – Duet with a choir online
- Chris Martin (Coldplay) streaming from his home – YouTube
Last updated: May 19, 2020