What’s IN this week
MON 23- SUN 29 MAR
Mon 23 – Sun 29 Mar
For obvious reasons, our what’s on guide is looking slightly different this week – yep, it’s now all about what’s in. We may all be stuck at home on lockdown but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. We’ve rounded up 15 things to keep you entertained at home this week, from music and TV to theatre. Plus, you can wear your pyjamas for all – result!
In self-isolation and trying to make do with cupboard staples? Lucky for you, the Naked Chef himself has whipped up a brand new show specifically aimed at those in self-isolation. Jamie: Keep Cooking And Carry On starts Mon 23 Mar at 5.30pm on Channel 4 and will run every night this week.
Great news for parents looking to keep the kids entertained while you work from home – Disney+, Disney’s Netflix-style streaming service, arrives in the UK on Tues 24 Mar (not a minute too soon). Not only will you have access to Disney’s entire back catalogue, but the service includes titles from Marvel, Pixar, Fox, and National Geographic, as well as hit Star Wars series The Mandalorian (or, er, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, if that’s more your speed).
We could all use a laugh right now, so tune in to Dave on Tues 24 Mar at 9pm for their new charity stand-up show Comedy Against Living Miserably, in collaboration with charity CALM, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
If your supermarket shop is looking a little… erratic, head to Twitter, where food writer and living-on-a-shoestring expert Jack Monroe will be sharing her quarantine recipes live every day at 5pm. Follow the hashtag #JackMonroesLockdownLarder.
All the theatres may be closed currently, but clever clogs like Lambert Jackson Productions and the Theatre Café are live-streaming to keep you entertained and their West End performers in work. Their Leave a Light On program will be a series of music shows streamed live from The Theatre Café for a small fee. There are three 45-minute concerts a day, and performers include Layton Williams (who you’ll recognise from Sex Education on Netflix), star of Six the Musical Natalie Paris and Casualty‘s Evelyn Hoskins. Book here.
Culture vultures, take note: The Royal Opera House has launched a new #FromOurHouseToYourHouse program to stream performances on their Facebook page and YouTube channel. The first performance of Peter and the Wolf by The Royal Ballet will be shown on Fri 27 March at 7pm.
The Billboard Music Awards may not be going ahead, but country legend Garth Brooks (who was set to be receiving their Icon Award in April) is making the most of his time by streaming live performances of his music every Monday via his Facebook page.
London Symphony Orchestra is also jumping on the streaming hype since the cancellation of its upcoming Barbican concerts *sob*. The orchestra will be streaming concerts from its archive every Thurs (7.30pm) and Sun (7pm) on its YouTube channel. This week you can listen to Schumann Symphony No 3, followed by Sibelius Symphony No 5. Nothing quite like a bit of classical to set your mind and ease, right?
Need some fresh sounds? Dua Lipa and John Legend are both releasing new music this week to help keep us entertained – isn’t that nice of them? Following his live stream performance on Insta, John Legend has released his latest single ‘Actions’ (we’re big fans already), while Dua Lipa has brought the release of her album Future Nostalgia forward to Fri 27 Mar.
Home schooling less of a challenger and more of an uphill struggle? Help is at hand. SENCO specialist and tutor Kate Hudson is offering a live Instagram Q&A on Wed 25 Mar at 10am. So any questions fire them at Kate… starting with how the hell do you get them to do any work? Eye rolling emoji.
Also Wednesday (9.30am), the natural history hottie and Berkshire resident Steve Backshall is also running a live Q&A on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube (multi-tasking right there). If you or your kids have any burning geography, biology or animally queries, hit Steve up. He’ll be in teacher mode with cornish pasty shows and a sweater vest (we can but hope.
Key workers, we salute you! If you’re in need of a helping hand now the schools are closed, adventure learning charity Longridge in Marlow, Bucks could be just what you need. They’re offering Activity Days for kids aged 8-14 (sorry work-from-homers, this one’s for key worker parents only!), with a suggest donation of just £10 a day. The days will be running from 8.45am – 5pm, and will include a range of suitably social distanced activities. You can book online here.
This’ll keep littlies entertained – CBeebies presenter Maddie Moate is launching brand new show Let’s Go Live on her YouTube channel, to air every week day at 11am. There are games, craft projects, and interesting info – this week’s theme is Gardens and features co-host and fellow YouTuber Greg Foot.
Jo Wicks kicked off his long-awaited live P.E. sessions this morning, and over a million people have already tuned in! It’s aimed at kids out of school, but adults can join too – we won’t tell. Catch it every day this week at 9am on his YouTube channel.
They’ve trained Team GB judo, pro boxers, triathletes and the good peeps of Berkshire with their sports science approach. In light of you know what, Gecko Fitness has launched its online classes and consultations. If you need nutrition or injury advice to stay healthy during lockdown; or need to get busy with home exercise classes, book up for XRange HIIT workout and Pilates are now available (pays as you go).
If you’re using this time to achieve the body of Kate Hudson and Mandy Moore then hook up with the brilliant Sophie at Flex Pilates. Her new initiative Flex @ Home will be beaming into your living room for 1:1 mat pilates classes. Get in touch and get your fit on.
Money too tight to mention? Jo at Wellbeing Spirit Online Exercise has created 19 live and pre-recorded classes and support to keep you mentally and physically fit. She’s charging just £15 a month for the whole household or £7 per week. Let’s get physical
Justin Timberlake’s backing dancer Holly Frances has re-joined Accomplish Fitness‘s online team to bring you online barre classes. The new classes are available as pay as you go (no membership required). Feel the burn and look even hotter in heels or slippers. No judgement.
Love a pub quiz? Don’t miss The Globe in Newbury’s legendary pub quiz, streamed every Sunday at 7pm via Facebook live. It’s heavy on the LOLs as well as general knowledge. Get the beers in a battle it out. The most inventive team name wins a trip to… Too soon?
If you’d usually be down the pub once a week for a quiz, then don’t despair – there are plenty of online options. One of the best is Goose’s Quizzes in Edinburgh, who are running a live-streamed pub quiz every single night at 7pm over Twitch.