Staying at Home – ideas to keep you calm

  • Virtual Day Trips! A day trip is out of the question due to the lockdown, but only in the physical sense… Modern technology makes it possible for us to enjoy an adventure to the zoo or museum from the comfort of your sofa:
  • Staying at Home
    • If you are lucky enough to have a garden then get out and enjoy it, the RSPB provides a fantastic resource for identifying birds and birdsong.
    • Keep in touch with family and friends – give them a call or try a video call here is a BBC guide on how to do it. Alternatively try Skype, Facetime or Zoom.
    • A useful list of food (and other) deliveries can be found on the Experience Guildford website.
    • Look round the house and garden, car etc., create a list of things that need doing and set aside time each day to carry out some of the work. keeping indoors needs for poor weather days – a chance to finally get started on all those decorating jobs you have been putting off for so long!
    • Active Surrey programmes are halted at the moment.  They have produced a leaflet of 6 simple exercises (recommended by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) that older people can do in their homes.
    • Some of Europe’s best recipe suggestions.
    • Delia Smith Online Cookery School.  Free tutorials demonstrating the skills and techniques required for basic, good, home-cooked food.  Brush up your skills, learn some new ones, and keep yourself and your family safe and well fed.
    • Get out the playing cards and dust down all those board game.
    • Bridge and other card Games:- Play with your friends on line – you will be able see and to talk with them whilst you play go to    ( NB not all search engines include the video element – but Chrome does.)
    • Puzzle fans may enjoy these sites  –
    • Here are a whole host of links that include Watts Gallery, Active Surrey, the University of Surrey, Guildford Institute, Eagle Radio plus lots more.
    • Skill Share free classes– online community with thousands of free classes, mainly creative topics but also covering analytics, management, and lifestyle topics.
    • Reed free courses – jobs and recruitment site Reed has a section on its website where you can search for free online courses.
    • TED Talks– TED is a non-profit community where people share their ideas and knowledge usually via a short talk. There are tons of free videos of talks available to watch online across a wide range of topics. 
    • EdX– website that hosts lots of free courses by prestigious institutions such as Harvard, MIT, etc.
    • Knitting and sewing are said to have therapeutic benefits, if you possess such skills consider using up any spare wool you have by knitting for a charity. See blankets without borders
    • If you have children now could be a time to pass your skills on to them.
    • Cardmaking and papercraft is maybe another hobby to pursue, numerous websites offer tutorials for all levels.
    • Free printable colouring  pages designed for adults.
    • Origami projects for all ages.
    • This could be a good time to convert some of the greetings cards you’ve stashed away for years into gift tags, all you need is scissors and string/ribbon and you’ll by recycling you’ll be doing your bit for the environment.
    • Fancy a good read – now that our Surrey libraries have shut up shop for the foreseeable future it doesn’t mean you have
      to miss out on a good read! You can still access FREE
       (look for “Pressreader”).   If you have any difficulty accessing these, please email quoting your membership number.  To join online visit.
    • Things to watch, read and get involved in – including what is on offer with Surrey Libraries, courses with Guildford Institute, Watts Gallery online galleries and activities and details about virtual adventures at home with Surrey University, plus more.
    • Things to do at home a comprehensive list, including Audio Books online courses new hobbies and much more
    • It might not keep you calm but could make you feel good. Staying at home is a good time to spring clean and, with the Furniture Helpline closed, you can now book bulky waste collections directly with Guildford Borough Council to dispose of items including furniture, carpets, mowers and white goods. Full details of what they can collect and to book a collection.
    • Watts Gallery have some brilliant projects going on to help keep you busy at home. Activity sheets, online tutorials and much more! Watts at Home Workshops also include YouTube videos to help you keep crafting and you can find out more using the #WattsMakeSpace or visiting their YouTube Channel
  • On line entertainment
    • The Uke Jam Commune Facebook page is well worth a look.  The organisers are constantly updating with news of live streamed sessions.  Also, Keith Woodhouse, a local guy in self isolation, is setting up a singalong channel. Again info about this is available on the Uke Jam Facebook Page.
    • Virtual choirs are springing up daily. Enjoy singing in a choir? Join the #GREATBRITISHHOMECHORUS both amateur and professional performers are welcome to come together across the country as we experience day to day ‘Social Distancing’.
    • Free music streaming from the Royal Albert Hall.
    • Enjoy testing your brain then have a look at
      • Gooses Quizzes
      • Search for – You Tube Jack Edwards quiz night – live on  Sunday
      • Search for Jay Flynn – live on YouTube on Thursdays but can be viewed anytime
      • Online crossword puzzles 
    • Here are a number of links that cover a whole range of different options ranging from music, theatre to museums
    • If you like music then try out the free concerts from the Royal Albert Hall 
    • Every Thursday 7pm BST on the National Theatre YouTube channel a selection of performances:
    • Exercise options
    • Nothing Much Happens – a series of bedtime stories designed to help adults sleep
    • Do you love cats – Yoga loving cats 
    • Home Festival Fun An online community of daily fun activities including workouts, dance lessons for both adults and kids, cooking lessons, arts and crafts and quizzes!
    • Are you into Family History? The National Record Office at Kew have provided free access to limited time on some of their online records. Covering such things as First and Second World War records, Royal and Merchant Navy records, migration records and Domesday book, to mention a few!
    • DOGS WALKED FOR FREE ON WEDNESDAYS – The University of Surrey PetSoc walk voluntarily out of sheer love of dogs and are looking for more Guildford dogs to join us on our Wednesday afternoon walks.  If you have a doggy who gets on well with other dogs and would like to be walked on Wednesdays, please email For more information on how our walks work, please visit:
    • Exploring the V&A museum – The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have created online collections of their most recent exhibitions to entertain the nation during lock down. From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5000 years of human creativity with their bank of online collections.
    • Staying at Home with Kids
      The NSPCC has launched a fantastic page to support families through this time. There are a whole host of articles on their page including how to talk to children about Coronavirus coping with the challenges of online safety, working from home and taking care of your mental health.
      If you want some guidance or support – don’t be afraid to reach out, research and get help if you need it. This time is a challenging one for all of us.
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