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Links to Keep You Occupied

Quarantine App - Free, worldwide App connecting isolated people - chat on the phone with others who are isolated at home

Kings College Hospital, London - Free COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

 

Virtual Tours, and Live Webcams

NASA Live:  - Watch the earth from space

Crystal Bay Webcam - Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand 

Fly over Italy's Cinque Terre Coast by Drone

Explore Venice - through multiple webcams 

Arctic Travel Experts created 'virtual lights over Lapland' tour

Future Learn - Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.

Explore a Roman Fort,

 

Museums and Galleries


Museums From Around the World - Virtual, online tours

Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries - Free, online

How to Explore London's Top Museums at Home 

How to Explore London's Top Art Galleries at Home

 

Animals

Puppy playroom  /  Puppy playground  /  Guide dog with puppies

Kitten Rescue / Kitten Sanctuary 

African Safari  /  Tau Watering Hole  /  African Elephant Park  

Gorilla Webcam - from the forest corridor 

Alligators - Swamp cam

Edinburgh Zoo:  Pandas  /  Tigers  /  Koalas  / Penguins  /  Rock Hopper Penguin Cam   

Houston zoo: Rhinos  /  Chimps  /  Flamingos  /  Elephants  /  Leaf-cutter Ants  /  Giraffes

Choose from a range of alternative, live webcams

 

Explore the Oceans (Underwater Cameras)

Sharks in the Atlantic  /  The Cayman Reef

Anacapa Island - Underwater Nature Talks 

Wild dolphins, Bahamas  /  Orcas, Hanson Island, Canada

Walrus Island  /  Sea Lions  /  Sea otters

Aquarium – Otters, sea lions, piranha, jellyfish, and many others. 

Choose from a range of alternative, live webcams

 

Birds

Nests: Decorah Eagles  /  Giant flying fox  /  Hummingbird 

Falcons - Cliff view  /  Great Horned Owls

Choose from a range of alternative, live webcams

 

Online Learning

Introduction to Engineering - YouTube videos

Open Learn - exploring children's literacy 

Open Culture - 1,500 free courses from top Universities

450 Ivy League Courses - Take online FREE!

Open Culture - Learn 48 different languages online - FREE

University of Alabama - Free online archaeology and Egyptology Uni courses (create an account to log on)

Open Learn - Free, online courses, Open university 

Future Learn - Free, online courses including languages, health, coding, wellbeing, creative arts, etc. 

BBC Languages - Learn languages online free

FrenchTeacher.Net - Free French study packs

Sociology Courses - Free online study

Creative Courses - Free online study

A Range of Short, Free Online Courses 

Cambridge University Press - ALL 700 textbooks are currently available FREE in HTML format 

Cambridge University - Higher education/Undergraduate courses and resources

Royal Institute - Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.

Learn 10 useful things to say in: French / Portuguese / German / Italian / Spanish / Milan Presse - French magazines available to download

Periodic Videos - Science-related YouTube videos 

Infobase Databases and Video Streaming Collections - Username: JCS_Distance and Password: learning to access:

Modern World History

Ancient and Medieval History

Science Online

Bloom’s Literature

World Religions

iDEA - An international programme that helps you develop/demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free

U3A - Online courses for mature students

Blocky Games - Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills

Scratch - Beginners computer programming games/projects

T.K.S.S.T - Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

 

Geography, Nature, and History

National Geographic

Tutorful - Top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources 

Project Noah – Global site where you can view and share wildlife

Seterra - Free world geography, online quizzes 

Online Film Festival - Resistance in the Rainforest

Kent Wildlife Association - Simple ideas you can do in the garden to help wildlife

World Games - Geography games 

Wild Science - Podcast 

The Relationship Between Humans and Animals - Podcast

UK Parliament  - Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made. 

Historical Association - Learn about 20th Century history

13.8 Billion Years of History - FREE

 

Music 

*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

BBC Classical Music Content - Culture in lockdown

Rotterdam Philharmonic Musicians team up online to play Beethoven's 9th

Concerts Online - Various concerts held without audiences to stream online for people having to stay at home - List of Live Streaming Concerts

Free Opera  - Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added

Metropolitan Opera - Online, nightly streams 

Free Classical Orchestras - Live streaming performances

Free Chamber Music - Live streaming

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Live streams and performance archive

Announcements/Lists - of worldwide performances being streamed

Livestream Concerts List - Artists and bands

Bands and Artists - Streaming performances 

Full-Length Concerts - Watch online free

Celebrities Performing on social media

Facebook Virtual Choir - Duet with a choir online

Chris Martin (Coldplay) - Streaming from his home - YouTube

 

Arts and culture

Parlia - The encyclopedia of opinion - mapping the worlds thinking

Online – Adobe Summit

Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals - Streaming free online

J P Brewer - View classic paintings online

Walter's Museum - Houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions

Rob Biddulph - An artist posting draw-along videos via Twitter here

Google Arts and Culture - Learn something new every day! 

British Museum - Free videos

BBC Radio 4 - The History of the world - Podcasts

50 Things That Made Modern Economy - Podcasts

Marquee TV - Streaming arts and culture

Teaching History - 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history

Exploration of the Day - Artistic website connecting people from around the world

Drama Online - Online theatrical performances

Black History - Telling the story of the black British experience

 

Literature online

Mindful Poetry Moments 

Kindle Unlimited - 2 months free access 

Gutenburg - Download free books, e.g. Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc. 

Listening Books.org - For people with Parkinson's Disease, visual impairment, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, mental health difficulty or learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, which impacts the ability to read or hold a book

Solomon Kingsnorth - Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format - Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty

Read Great Literature Online - Free eBooks, poetry, classic literature

Read Free Literature - Includes study guides

50,000 Free eBooks - Arranged by genre

Open Library Access - Free

Audible - Free for this period - Available in 6 languages

 

Learn a new skill or develop a current one!

Adobe - A tutorial resource guide to photography and editing

Learn to Play the Piano - Free Apple App

Advice  /  Where to Start?  /  Drawing Tricks!  /  Sketching-Basics  /  How to Get the Proportions Right - Faces  /   How to Draw Faces  - Teach yourself to draw

Free, 3 Months Lessons Online - Guitar, Fender, Base, Ukulele 

14-Day Free Trial - Teach yourself to sing    

YouTube  /  Instagram - Music lessons with Myleen Klass 

BBC Ballet Classes  /  Tap Dance   /  Salsa Dance  /  Dance Physique (Dance Fitness)  /  Take Dance Classes with Oti Mabuse - Facebook  /  Learn to Body-Beat - Teach yourself to dance

Tai-Chi - The moves and the method

Craft Projects - Sew, Knit, Crotchet, quilt, and fun for the family too!

DIY and Crafts - How to grow food at home from food scraps  

Improve Your Memory - Click the link and scroll down for a few free videos in this series

Learn to Touch-Type - Free access

Get Creative with Digital Making at Home - New videos each week for 3 levels of experience

 

Miscellaneous & Entertainment

Free Digital Radio for Over 70's 

Great British Singalong - Radio stations unite 

Daily Kitchen Live - From the makers of the Saturday Kitchen show

BBC Sport - Shares the greatest sporting moments

A Question of Sport - BBC Radio 5 live

Football on the BBC - Updated regularly

Radio 4 - Comedy podcast, 'Now Wash Your Hands' featuring guest comedians

Free Colouring/Relaxation Images - To download and print

Free Photography Challenge - YouTube

Take Part in Making a Coronavirus Time CapsuleMake Your Own Time Capsule More ideas here - Available in other languages 

Zooniverse - Digital volunteering opportunities 

Life Story Hub - Inspiring creative communication with the young and old using the arts

NASA's Complete Media Library 

Expeditions App - Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.

Podcasts - Free to download

Geopolitics - Podcast

Fitness Classes  - Taking place online 

 

Musicals, Shows, and Movies

10 Best Broadway Shows - Watch online free

76 Free Musicals and Theatre Productions - Stream online

Wind in The Willows - How to stream the West End performance free

National Theatre - Streaming shows on YouTube every Thursday 

Open Culture - 1,150 Free movies to watch online

Jamie Oliver - Easy recipes, cooking tips, and ingenious hacks whilst at home.

James Dyson Foundation - Challenge cards - how many can you complete?

 

Fun, Accessible, Activity and Game Apps

Board Game Arena - Play board games online free

Active Bingo Cards - Ideas for movement breaks

Roll20 - Build your own game/play games with others online

Latest Free Stuff - UK site (if you are outside of the UK, google 'latest free stuff' and add your location)

Holiday Pirates - Updated Coronavirus information on travel 

Staying Put: A guide to planning for, arranging and funding care in your own home in old age including how new technology can help improve your lifestyle (£2.99)

 

Anxiety/Mental Health/Loneliness

WeMeditate - Live streamed, guided meditation sessions

Learn4MentalHealth - How to stay calm

10 Minute Mind - Free trial - mindfulness 

Tips for Coping at Home - Professor Susan Young

Free Guide for Adults with ADHD - understand it to manage it. Develop daily strategies that enable you to live successfully and play to your strengths

How to Reduce High Anxiety Now: Thinking about past pleasant memories may help some people with immediate stress (article)

Free Daily Meditation Sessions Online

WHO Guidance to Support Mental Health During This Time

MIND Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing

9 Ways to Stay Positive During This Period  

Blog from Anna Mathur, Psychotherapist - Dealing with Coronavirus Anxiety

Sensory Stuck at Home - Support Group on Facebook for Adults

Telephone Befriending Service for the Elderly

Living Life to the Full - Free Online Course to Change Your Life for the Better

Mindfulness and Meditation

Autistic Health and Wellbeing - A space for autistic people to share the things that they have found helpful and healing

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Self-Help Resources for Those with Mental Health Conditions

Bereavement Counselling 

Get Sober - Free, online support for anyone struggling with alcohol addiction and staying sober during this period

After Cancer - Advice, and support 

Jan Takes You into The Woods - Connect with nature during this period and help with wellbeing

 

Prayer Resources

*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed masses to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

Spiritualism - English version

Spiritualism - Spanish version

Catholic Mass - Streamed online

Masses from Around the World - Streamed online

God Stories Today - Telling the stories of ordinary people - YouTube

Jehovah's Witnesses - Online readings, videos, bible

 

Alternative Lists of Free Resources, Support, Advice, and Information for Families

School closures: Resources, information, and activities for families to support Home Learning

Support, advice, and resources for families of children with: speech, language, and communication needs & special educational needs and disabilities