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Staying In, Is the New Going Out

Staying indoors doesn’t have to mean missing out on all the fun

While you may not be able to go and experience all the sights and sounds you were hoping to, some brilliant artists, performers, experts and craftspeople are now bringing the excitement to you.

Dozens of live-streaming events, workshops and festivals have been launched in the last few days, with loads more being announced all the time. We’ve highlighted some of our favourites to help you get the best of going out, from the comfort of your sofa.

Theatre, Shows and Musicals

The show will go on as theatres bring the drama directly to you with their digital viewing options.

Broadway musicals and shows are available to stream, for free, online through BroadwayHD.

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The Globe and National Theatre are two of the many theatres that are streaming shows, free into your home. Every Thursday at 7pm the National Theatre is streaming a show for your and the family to enjoy.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a YouTube channel that streams a different production of one of his musicals, for free online, every Friday at 19:00 for 48 hours.

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For those of you missing your weekly dance class or ballet performance, Saddler’s Wells are running full length performances on their facebook page. Your little ones can practice their moves with Sadler’s Wells family dance programme.

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Live Music! Santo and Tina, Pop and Jazz Duo in session

Missing your Saturday nights out? Join CSSC for a 30-minute live music session streamed straight into your living room!

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Music, Movies, Creatures & Concerts

Music & Concerts

So many musicians and performers are getting in on the act with an ever-increasing number of artists working really hard to provide stellar live music and concert experiences for fans.

Use Pay it Forward Live to live stream or watch virtual concerts of your favourite bands and musicians like OneRepublic, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and loads more, for every taste and genre.

Plus, don’t forget you can always relive your favourite festival moments with some of the best clips here.

Zoos both in the UK and overseas are hosting live webcams, so you can catch up with your favourite animals and see what they’re up to right now:

Keepers share amazing facts about their animals during these live video streams. You’ll get to see behind the scenes activity and witness, rarely seen close ups of eating their meals and what they’re like when the zoo closes.

Families can take a trip around Disney's various parks on Google Street View. You can even ride exhilarating rollercoasters, thanks to the Virtual Disney World YouTube channel.

Some might say, for those who don’t like heights or queuing, it’s the ideal way of experiencing the thrill of Disney theme parks. Or of course, it’s the perfect tool to help plan for next year’s trip of a lifetime.


Some of the largest and most impressive museums around the world have uploaded videos and virtual content to help bring history to life.

Both museums have virtual tours available, so you can walk through the exhibitions and experience the wonders of the world through your computer. With the British Museum you can discover the collections in each gallery, as well as virtually tour their museum’s prints, drawings and oceania.

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London’s Natural History Museum and the British Museum are leading the way in the UK, with each room of the museum being available to explore in a full 360° view. All from the comfort of your own home.

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Further afield, famed museums like the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC are offering online experiences, allowing viewers to learn about the exhibits in the museums. You can even experience the soaring vaulted ceilings, intricate murals and tapestries of the Vatican’s museums.

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Wonders of the World

Travel the world from the comfort of your armchair and experience the natural wonders in real time without leaving your house. Luckily for those of us experiencing wanderlust, there are many interactive, virtual experiences to explore online.

Machu Picchu, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids of Giza and the Taj Mahal are among the many wonders of the world to have launched online tours, allowing the most restless among us to take virtual visits to these iconic locations.

Webcams can act as live portals to natural vistas, far grander than those offered up by our windows and gardens. Visit the National Geographic to view some iconic landscapes including Northern lights, Gorillas in the forest and book your place on a LIVE safari drive.

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