The University of the Third Age
Things to do while stuck at home
If you have time in between gardening, DIY-ing, cooking, reading, phoning friends and family, etc., you might try some of the following ideas.
- See top theatre productions free online:
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home or click here
http://filmedonstage.com/news or click here
https://www.rsno.org.uk/friday/ or click here - RSNO, Scotland’s National Orchestra, streaming concerts every Friday at 7:30 pm
https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/royal-albert-home?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ad&utm_campaign=royal-albert-home&utm_term=rahome-alexis-ffrench-lookalike or click here - Live concerts streamed free by the Royal Albert Hall.
https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/discover/blogs-and-features/2020/04/03/how-to-watch-our-free-globe-player-films/ or click here - Shakespeare productions from The Globe thatre, London.
- and Opera:
https://operavision.eu/en or click here. Operas – live streaming, free.
https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home or click here - Live opera from the Royal Opera House
- Try free audio books:
https://stories.audible.com/discovery or click here. Scroll down the page for a selection of classics
- Stuff about books:
http://www.librarything.com or click here. "A digital playground for bibliophiles" - Hazel Bell.
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/books-and-reading/ebooks-and-audiobooks/ebooks-and-audiobooks.aspx or click here - Online loan service for library members.
- Take a virtual tour:
https://artsandculture.google.com/project/street-view or click here. Includes museums and landmarks from all over the world.
https://www.skylinewebcams.com/ or click here. Showing live webcams from all over the world
https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/ or click here Live webcams at Edinburgh Zoo – pandas, penguins, tigers and koalas.
https://tulipfestival.co.uk/ or click here. Photos and videos from Arundel Castle
https://vaneyck2020.be/en/van-eyck-from-home/ or click here - Tour the Jan van Eyck exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent.
https://ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits/ or click here Virtual tours from the National Garden Scheme
https://youtu.be/FLWDWzMrkBE or click here - Visit the “Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams” exhibition.
- Delve into history:
http://histography.io/ or click here. An interactive timeline of every historical event on Wikipedia.
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/books-and-reading/libraries-newsletter/articles/my-story-2020-families.aspx or click here - get young people involved in writing your memories for a Library project
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/books-and-reading/ebooks-and-audiobooks/ebooks-and-audiobooks.aspx or click here. Fortnightly talks and lectures from the Arts Society.
- Get creative and win an award:
https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/ or click here. A national creative arts competition for over 70s
- Get to know the trees of Welwyn Garden City:
http://www.wgc100.org/city-of-trees/ or click here. Downloadable guides to several different areas of the town. If you can exercise outside, you might even be within walking distance of some of them!
- Keep fit:
There are lots of exercise routines on YouTube – here are a couple of examples:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeRC_4WO-Dg or click here. Joe Wicks’ exercise session for seniors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQLzNf8VOIc or click here. Standing exercises for older adults
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fMqlbXCbMY&fbclid=IwAR17CvIs8GET6tKNpxWSOvDTNm0p2axxi0bFlDeclI9GEnS7CuU6RQL8zzU or click here - Mr Motivator does daily exercise routines specially for U3A.
- Research your roots:
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/ or click here. Resources to help you trace your family tree
- Join the Garden Wildflower Hunt:
https://bsbi.org/garden-wildflower-hunt or click here. Record the wildflowers (weeds?) in your garden.
- Catch up with Tom Way:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBbHn6IcYjs&t=5s or click here. Tom has spoken at our Wednesday meetings, showing his amazing wildlife photographs. Here is an update on his latest travels.
- Online Jigsaws:
http://www.cooper-gallery.com/cooper-daily-jigsaw-challenge- or click here. Daily challenges from the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
- Learn something new:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC0GbbF9TrE or click here. Sandi Toksvig’s “Vox Tox” is a short daily item looking into a different subject each day.
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses or click here. Free short courses from universities.
http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/?cat=theatres or click here. Lose yourself in the BBC's sound effects.
U3A and Third Age Trust activities:
- https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/diary-project-2020 or click here. Diary Project
- https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/weekly-quiz or click here. Weekly quizzes
- https://www.u3a.org.uk/learning/birdtrack or click here. Record birds in your garden
- https://forum.u3abeacon.org.uk/?utm_source=U3A+Chairs+and+Secretaries&utm_campaign=772a0167c0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_06_01_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fa0562410-772a0167c0-517698317 or click here. Forum for making contacting with U3A members everywhere. Register to join the discussions.
- Ideas from Herts Network of U3As - click here (PDF)
- Ideas from Wanstead & Woodford U3A - click here (PDF)
- Quiz (from John Murphy) - click here (PDF)
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