Days out... without going out!

From seeing world renowned West End shows, taking in the Northern lights, and even going on a live safari, there’s plenty to do without moving from your sofa.

Alice Beer shows us how you can still enjoy a family day, without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Theatre Shows

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBERThe composer is streaming his musicals for free online each week, available for up to 48 hours.

Where: The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel

FLEABAGPhoebe Waller-Bridge swept up at awards season this year for the television show Fleabag. Now Soho Theatre has made the one-woman stage show it was based on available to watch online.

Where: You can rent a video copy for £4 on the Soho Theatre website or Amazon, to raise money for the NHS.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVEThe National Theatre has set up a programme of plays to watch for free over the internet. At 7pm every Thursday for the next few weeks a new play will be livestreamed on YouTube.

It will be available for the following seven days until the next play is screened. So far they’ve screened One Man, Two Guvnors (which was watched by 2.5 million people) and Jane Eyre. This Thursday Treasure Island will be screened.

Where: The National Theatre YouTube channel

THE GLOBEShakespeare’s Globe is releasing 6 productions on its Globe Player service for free, to help combat boredom during the Coronavirus lockdown. The shows are Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019).

Each show is presented for two weeks on a rolling cycle from April 6. You can also rent or buy from a catalogue of 140 productions.

Where: Shakespear's Globe YouTube channel


LIVE SAFARIThe Instagram account Beyond Travel has started live streaming safari tours for the whole world to enjoy.

They’ve collaborated with wildlife broadcasting experts WildEarth, to stream (in real time) twice-daily, three-hour long game drives from Ngala Private Game Reserve and Djuma Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

You can view the safaris between 8am - 11am UK TIME and 5.30pm - 8.30pm UK TIME.

Where: And Beyond YouTube channel and Instagram

CHESTER ZOOHundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have been flocking to the Facebook page of Chester Zoo for it’s live virtual tours. The zoo is currently closed due to the pandemic, but the live video streams allowed would-be visitors to watch keepers provide interesting facts about their animals and showed them eating their meals.

Where: Chester Zoo Facebook page


ICEHOTEL, SWEDISH LAPLANDAurora photography company Lights over Lapland has created experiences for those suffering wanderlust to virtually travel to the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland.

Their 360-degree videos allow viewers to meet local huskies and go dog sledding and even join a Northern Lights hunt - and the viewer can choose where they want to look by using their mouse to scroll around.

Where: Lights Over Lapland website

WONDERS OF THE WORLDAlthough many of the world’s most iconic landmarks are closed, a number of them have crafted an interactive, virtual version online. Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer( last night's stethoscope) the Pyramids of Giza and the Taj Mahal are among the many wonders of the world to have launched online tours.

Where: Visit the websites of each place for vitural tours

NATIONAL PARKSMany national parks across the world are offering virtual tours of their grounds. In the US, Google Earth has teamed up with the National Parks Service to offer visual experiences of some of America’s most iconic parks, such as Yosemite and Yellowstone

Where: Google Earth


BUCKINGHAM PALACEThe Queen's residence offers 360 virtual tours of iconic rooms including the Throne Room, Grand Staircase and the White Drawing Room.

You can click on information points to learn more about the history and key spots not to miss.

Where: Buckingham Palace website

STONEHENGEThe English Heritage site also has an official virtual tour that offers 360 degree views, as if you were standing in the middle of the mysterious stone circle. You can click on specific points and learn more about the history, without missing out on highlights that a guided tour would have pointed out.

Where: Stonehenge website

MUSEUMS UKMuseums across the UK and the world have uploaded videos and virtual content to keep potential visitors entertained during the pandemic, with London’s Natural History Museum and British Museum leading the way in the UK.

MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD Elsewhere, people can experience the soaring vaulted ceilings of the Vatican’s museums, which have been uploaded to the web in a series of seven 360-degree images, including the Sistine Chapel.

Where: Availabel on each individual musuem's website