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Things to do at home

All Ages


  • Ways to get moving around the home
  • PE with Joe Every morning, Joe Wicks – a.k.a The Body Coach – is hosting free workouts aimed at kids live on his YouTube channel. You don’t need any equipment, just tune in to his channel for a 30-minute workout live at 9am Monday to Friday. On day one, more than 800,000 families signed in to take part (including WIRED). If you have a smart TV, Chromecast or Amazon Fire, or a set-top box with the YouTube channel, you can stream the videos to your living room through your TV. If you don’t, you can still stream via a phone or tablet and all workouts are being made available on catch-up, on Joe’s YouTube channel, after each event has ended to be streamed later if you cannot make the live class.
  • Oti Mabuse Dance Class At 11.30 every day, Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse is live-streaming dance classes suitable for all age groups on her YouTube channel and via her Instagram page. Along with her dance partner, and husband, Marius Lepure, the pair will be teaching steps from famous dances as well as choreographing new routines. Monday’s lesson was themed around the idea of washing your hands and can be watched again on YouTube.

Chair Exercises

  • This AgeUK site gives fabulous advice for people who want to stay active in older age, including seated exercise and stretching
  • Sitting exercises recommended by the NHS
  • Get involved any time with Independent Arts by visiting our YouTube Channel via where we have over 50 workshops you can access from movement and music (including sessions from SingAbout, DanceMakers and our Workshops for Wellbeing team) to painting and poetry. We even have members of the team reading you stories! There are new workshops going up every day so keep checking back for something different. To join our online zoom groups for SingAbout (Wednesday at 2pm) and Anxiety Cafe (Wednesday 11am) please email to book a place

Your virtual Library

Isle of Wight Virtual Library

  • Want to use Borrowbox, our free e-book and e-audio service, and haven’t got a library card? Isle of Wight residents can get a temporary library card number online which can be used immediately to create an account with Borrowbox. Follow the link below, then click on “join online” at the top right.
  • What’s a Library in your pocket you ask? It is free access to loads of services you can access from home – eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, eMagazines and newspapers.

Virtual Tours & Webcams

  • The  British Library has online exhibitions to explore from your sitting room, on everything from regional accents to photography.
  • The Wellcome Collection has a whole range of virtual tours of its collections, from painting and sculpture to science and technology, and more besides.
  • Even though the Isle of Wight zoo is closed, you can still find out about all the animals there and see the lions on the webcam
  • You can also take a look at how the animals at Marwell Zoo are getting on.
  •  Through Google Earth, you can take a virtual tour through some famous US National Parks, including Yellowstone and Yosemite.
  • If staying at home is driving you mad, take a virtual drive around Ryde in 1993, and see how things have changed. It might surprise you

Theatre & Entertainment

  • With the National Theatre at home, you can watch National Theatre productions free at home.
  • While the Royal Opera House is closed, they have created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free at any time, anywhere across the globe. #OurHouseToYourHouse
  • Watch digital theatre at home for a monthly subscription or one off payment.
  • Marquee Tv offer dance, theatre and opera on demand and are offering one month trial for free.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming his musicals free online, over the next few weeks, including ‘Joseph’ and Jesus Christ Superstar


  • Join Gareth Malone’s online choir practice at 5.30 each evening and sing your blues away!
  • The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.
  • Local opera singer and voice coach, Annalisa Vaughan has taken her singing classes online too
  • To join Independent Arts’ online zoom group for SingAbout (Wednesday at 2pm) please email

Virtual book groups

  • One of the things we’re probably all going to miss while the libraries are closed for a little while is chatting about books – so join the West Wight Reads online book group and chat about what you’re reading with other local people ☺️
  • Book Chat!
    So one good thing about staying at home is more reading time!
    Why not join our book chat group and chat to other readers about what you have been reading?
  • Medina Book Shop has a blog with interviews with authors and lots of book reviews. 


Brain Teasers




Learn a Language

  • Have a go at a new language, or brush up on one you know already, with the free ‘Duolingo’ app

Creative Writing

  • Enter the literary and creative arts competition for a King Lear prize: a competition especially designed for older people in isolation, to use their creative abilities.
  • Time at home gives you a chance to get that novel, story or poem out of your head and on to paper. Here are some ideas on how to get started.




Keep your children reading

  • We love BookTrust. They’re the lovely people who run the Bookstart and Time to Read schemes, allowing us to gift free book packs to babies, toddlers and reception class children across the island. Check out this page for loads of book-related activities to keep children busy and inspired at home

Listening to Stories

  • Here’s a daily link to an audio story on David Walliams’ website, plus links to other stories
  • Medina Book Shop have a blog with lots of ‘Listen Along’ podcasts featuring short stories for children which include a free downloadable read along sheet. For the adults they have interviews with authors and lots of book reviews. Here is a link for the blog

Making Things


  • A massive range of online children’s games from the BBC
  • The Scouts have 100+ stay-at-home activities to help your kids learn new skills over the next few weeks and months
  • Medina Book Shop have a range of games and activities to download in their free resources section all related to popular children’s books including Beatrix Potter, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Alex Rider, Grimm Fairy Tales and many more
  • For a range of magical activities to keep all Potterheads amused, visit You can even find out which Hogwarts house you belong to


  • There are some great Maths activities on Carol Vorderman’s website, which she is offering free for the moment

Home Education

  • Scholastic Home Learning packs  Scholastic has been in the business of textbooks for decades and, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the company’s Resource Bank has put together a range of free home learning packs to help parents and teachers keep their kids up-to-date with their schooling and development. The packs are divided by learning age – Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 – and can be downloaded from Scholastic’s Home Learning site
  • Twinkl activity packs and planners  Twinkl – one of the country’s largest education platforms – has made 630,000 home learning packs available to parents for free to help them plan their child’s day and make sure they keep up with the school studies. Each of these packs include activity sheets, information packs and interactive presentations, complemented by online games and videos. The packs are categorised by key stage groups from the Early Years Foundation Stage up to GSCE, as well as those requiring special educational needs provision, and Twinkl has also put together guidance for parents and carers as to how to help children being schooled at home. All core subjects at each key stage are covered and are mapped to all UK curriculums. To access these materials, go to the Twinkl website and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS with your email and password
  • Use the UK Parliament’s online learning resources, to help your child understand how Parliament works
  •  If your child is interested in all things Mathematical, Scientific or Technological, they might like these STEM resources for secondary age students,  produced by the Institute of Engineering and Technology

More ideas

  • If you’re anxious to improve your mind while at home, or are thinking of starting a degree course online, the Open University has a number of free online courses to get you started.
  • There are lots more ideas on this Facebook page

News & Updates

Bembridge Update

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