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How to become a virtual tourist during national lockdown

See West End shows and visit festivals all from the comfort of your home! 

31 March 2020

Self-isolation and being encouraged to stay indoors can give you the ultimate FOMO. Suddenly, the holiday you were planning to go on, or that show or film that you were looking forward to seeing, is no longer happening.

But fear not, there are plenty of virtual tours, shows and even festivals that you can access online, all from the comfort of your sofa!

Hampstead Theatre at Home

Are you missing seeing performances on the big stage? Well, fear not loyal theatre fans, you can catch three plays being streamed online by Hampstead Theatre from Monday 30 March to Sunday 19 April.

Here’s the schedule for #HamsteadTheatreAtHome:

  • Wild - 30 March to 5 April
  • Wonderland - 6 to 12 April
  • Drawing the Line - 13 to 19 April

Walt Disney World Resort Florida

Hang out with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and explore Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and EPCOT with Walt Disney World Resort Florida virtual tours. You can even ‘let it go’ and ride the Frozen Ever After ride!

The Southbank Centre’s Violet Nights Podcast

Tune into the Southbank Centre’s podcast designed especially for 18-25-year olds. On this podcast, hear other young people discuss their views on all things topical along alongside music and performances.

The British Museum

Discover the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and lots of other fascinating ancient artefacts on the iconic museum’ virtual tour.

The Social Distancing Festival

Finally a festival that you can visit from the comfort of our own home, without a portaloo in sight!

The Social Distancing Festival has tons of live streams being planned celebrating art, theatre, comedy, dance, films, music, and open mic nights to name but a few.

Explore NASA

If you have ever wanted to tour NASA’s Virginia's Langley Research Center and Ohio's Glenn Research Center, now is your chance!

Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage

Launched on 27 March, otherwise known as World Theatre Day, Sandler’s Wells hosted a whole range of dance performances and workshops starting with a Facebook Live performance of BalletBoyz.

Virtual Tour of the Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum is an Oxford must see. Amazingly, you can even visit Britian’s oldest public museum virtually and see a selected range of art and antiquities on their 360° interactive tour.

London Games Festival

Love gaming? You can join in with a whole host of events from the London Games Festival from 26 March to 6 April, with everything from livestreams of BAFTA Games Awards,to the Ensemble exhibition, celebrating the UK’s movers and shakers of the games industry.

Reading Museum’s online collections

Find out more about Reading with everything from art, archaeology, natural history, social history and world collections and much more in the Reading Museum’s virtual collections!

Be sure to let us know what you’re up to on social media via #ActivateUpdates.

For those of you who are concerned about studying from home, why not take a peek at our How to survive home study and Protecting your mental health and wellbeing at home during the Conarvirus crisis guides?