15 Brilliant Things to Do at Home this Weekend

Brilliant things to do at home this weekend from a live-streamed Strutology class to a crazy golf challenge using pots and pans and #HampsteadTheatreAtHome

Lead image: Take on the Show Us Ya Buns challenge with Cowcross Yards 

1 Strutology & Danceography with School of Strut
The School of Strut, run by the brilliant ‘Headmistress’ and ‘Mother Strutter’ Zoe McNulty, is a super sassy fun and flirty school of dance that teaches you to walk tall and feel ‘strutterly fabulous’ regardless of shape or size. In Strutology class – usually run at Pineapple Dance Studios but no streaming live from McNulty’s home to yours – you’ll learn an easy-to-pick-up dance routine, practice your moves, and then strut out the final performance in the comfort of your home. 8.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets £15. On Sundays, there’s also a Danceology class, running from 1.30pm-2.15pm priced £10.

2 Shop Greenwich Market’s Virtual Online Market
Easter might not be the egg hunt and family days out that we’d all hoped for this year, but we can still shop for gifts to make it feel special and support local businesses at the same time. Greenwich Market’s virtual online market is buzzing with ideas of things to do and new skills to learn while we’re at home, as well as great gifts and treats for Easter. Ever the hub for talented designer-makers and creative cooks, the market’s shops and stalls are a veritable treasure box of ideas – and now you can see and shop them online. Highlights include a video from macaroon-makers Lilika’s Treats on how to make your own pasta without a pasta machine, Arty Globe’s fabulous jigsawsSue Jenkins quarantine knitting kit for a baby’s jumper, complete with wool and instructions, and local vegan baker Ruby’s of London is delivering doughnuts to your door with 20% off online orders!

3 Virtual Beer Yoga with Beavertown
3 April
Namast-ay at home with Beavertown’s latest #4pmWithBeavertown session – a live virtual Beer Yoga session. Dust off your best lycra for a live virtual Beer Yoga session, hosted by professional yogi Laura Carruthers. The perfect balance between unwind and exercise, this session is a chance to stretch your legs and join fellow beer lovers for a drink whether you’re a total beginner, a yoga pro or somewhere in between. All you need is a can of your favourite beer to crack open at 4pm and be up for learning how to incorporate it into some classic yoga routines. Join the class via the Zoom link at beavertowncheers.co.uk to turn it into a social event, or hop onto Beavertown’s LIVE Instagram story for a more private session. #4pmWithBeavertown will happen every Friday at 4pm, with a new virtual event created each week.

4 The Indy-Tute’s Pub Quiz & Origami Class
3 & 4 April
The Indy-Tute, born of a love of pop ups, London and learning something new, has been offering gift experiences since 2013, and now it is creating ‘Indy-House’ experiences for these quarantine times! First up is a pub quiz, without the pub. Instead, download Zoom, pour yourself a drink, get some snacks in, and get ready to quiz from 8pm (tune in at 7.45pm for the warm up). The quiz is hosted by former Stranglers frontman Paul Roberts, and this week, there are prizes to be won from Charles Merser Rum and The Indytute. £5 per household. On Saturday 4 April, you can also take part in an origami class for beginners with Toshiko (11am-12pm, £5 per household).

5 Women’s Health Live
3-5 April
Women’s Health Live 2020, the UK’s biggest health and wellbeing festival, has been creatively reimagined and will now be live streamed right into your living room. The schedule is packed with famous faces and renowned experts in health, fitness, nutrition and mindfulness, including Davina McCall, Alice Liveing and Jessica Ennis-Hill. From yoga and mindfulness to all-family workouts with Strictly’s Oti Mabuse and celebrity PT Faisal Abdalla, as well as an interview with new mum Gemma Atkinson, there will be plenty to keep us all connected, centred and fighting fit this weekend. To take part, join the WH Get Fit Done Facebook group, sign up via Eventbrite for free or head over to YouTube and Twitter.

6 #HampsteadTheatreAtHome
Until 19 April
Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian have teamed up to re-release the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free. Available to watch on theguardian.com and hampsteadtheatre.com, the three productions are now available on demand for three weeks as part of the theatre’s #HampsteadTheatreAtHome series. Week 1 (30 March-5 April) features Mike Bartlett’s Wild (2016), a darkly comic play exploring the consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level, inspired by the case of American whistleblower Edward Snowden. Week 2 (6-12 April) features Beth Steel’s Wonderland, an epic and witty drama exploring the clashing ideologies during the Miners’ Strike of 1984–85. Week 3 (13-19 April) features Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line (2013), telling the story of the chaotic partitioning of India in 1947.

7 Brewdog’s Online Bar
Every Friday
Brewdog has been busy. After switching its UK bars into click and collect points via the Hop Drop app, they are now launching the first ever BrewDog Online Bar session. Kicking off at 6pm every Friday, Brewdog is hosting live beer tastings with co-founders James and Martin and other beer experts, home-brew masterclasses, virtual pub quizzes, Q&As with BrewDog crew members, live music and comedy, and giveaways and exclusive merch. This Friday there’ll be BrewDog beery news with co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie, a pub quiz hosted by Famous First Word’s Tim and Gendle, and live music from a special guest. Click here to register via Zoom.

8 Become a Jewellery Designer with Carrie Elizabeth
Until 12 April
Ever fancied yourself as a jewellery designer? Well, now we all have a time on our hands, why not give it a shot? UK demi-fine and precious stone jeweller Carrie Elizabeth has reached out to her Instagram followers to ask them to design her next piece. Entrants to the design competition can design their piece either digitally or using a sketch. Then, in three weeks, when we all hope the lockdown is relaxed, Carrie will choose her favourite designs to go through to the sampling stage. Those chosen will receive £250 in Carrie Elizabeth vouchers, and the winners will win £500 in cash, be included in collections online, have their names credited on the site and even receive their personal design for free. Winners will be decided week beginning 13 April.
Find the full details in this Carrie Elizabeth Instagram post 

9 Puttshack Putt Cup Challenge
Until 10 April
Sticking with the crazy golf theme, Puttshack is encouraging us to get our game on with the #PuttCupChallenge. Get the pots and pans out, dig out a ball (we’ve all got a golf ball, squash ball or tennis ball knocking about the house somewhere, right? Check the ‘man drawer’), and hit the ball into the ‘hole’. Get creative, set up trick shots, and show off your skills to the web at large. There is, of course, a prize for the best – The Golden Club! The Golden Club grants its owner free mini-golf at Puttshack across the world for FREE for LIFE. The only person to currently hold a golden club is Maya Jama, so you’ll be keeping good company. To enter, post your challenge on Instagram or TikTok tagging @Puttshack with the hashtag #PuttCupChallenge and nominate three friends to join the challenge by tagging them.

10 Mad Fer It – Oasis Only Live Stream House Party
4 April
If Liam Gallagher‘s anthemic handwashing videos on Twitter have been sustaining you through the current coronavirus crisis – instant classics like  Champagne Soapernova, Sopersonic and Wonderwash – then this Oasis Only Live Stream House Party is probably just what you need this weekend! Created by the Back to Back Club, which hosted its first sold-out IRL event in March before we were all instructed to stay indoor for the foreseeable, the live stream event is free but donations are appreciated. So dust off your Parka, fill your fridge with beer, dial into Twitch at 7.55pm and enjoy some some Gallagher-brother therapy. 8pm-9.30pm.

11 Plonk at Home with Plonk Crazy Golf
Remember the Blue Peter Tracy Island model that went down in history? The one that had us all nicking match boxes (careful!) and loo roll (so precious!) holders, empty or not? Ah, the 90s! Well the Plonk at Home build-your-own-crazy-golf-course could well be the noughties version… With Plonk Crazy Golf currently closed, the chief ‘crazies’ are asking us to design and build our own tricky crazy golf holes using bits and bobs from around the house and share them using the hashtag #PLONKATHOME to win prizes. Sign up for a £5 membership and each week Plonk will release videos, design packs and live lessons to help you make mini-golf courses out of upcycled materials, as well as a discount voucher for tickets down the line, all while raising money for Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund. You might even get your creation made out of wood in the Plonk Camden Market venue. If nothing else, it’s a perfect excuse to work your way through a few extra tubes of Pringles…

12 Hoopla Improv Theatre
Mon-Thurs & Saturdays
If laughter is the best medicine, then Hoopla, the UK’s first improv theatre, is for you. Injecting comedy into the current crisis, these online improv drop-in sessions bring hundreds of improv games and interactive scenes from their regular courses right into your living room. The focus is on having fun, letting yourself go, maintaining important social interactions and laughing your way through the lockdown. The online improv classes run Mon-Thurs 7pm-9pm and Saturday 2pm-4pm (except Easter weekend) until 2 May. Tickets £10. Click here for the full calendar of live sessions.

13 A Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace
There are plenty of virtual tours of galleries and museums (check out Google Arts & Culture, especially the Street View section where you can wander around empty museums), but one of the best we’ve found by far is The Royal Collection’s virtual tour of Buckingham Palace. Developed in collaboration with Google Expeditions, the virtual tour offers you the chance to explore the Palace’s magnificent State Rooms – which you can poke about as takes your fancy, with 360-degree viewing ability – and learn more from an expert curator about the treasures from the Royal Collection that furnish each room.

14 Cowcross Yards Show Us Ya Buns Challenge
Until 12 April
The YUM: Hot Cross @ Cowcross Yards was originally planned to be a hot cross bun taste experience, where you could try weird and wonderful twists on Easter’s top treat (in our opinion), such as the Marmite Hot Cross Bun, the lemon gin HCB and a popping candy creation. But alas, we are where we are, and instead Cowcross Yards is asking Londoners to ‘Show Us Ya Buns’ and baking your own twist on the hot cross bun with the ingredients you have in your cupboard. Take the Cowcross Yards special recipe (found on their Instagram, Facebook or website) and add your twist, then share your creations on Instagram or Facebook tagging @cowcrossyards with the hashtag #CowcrossShowUsYaBuns. Each week Cowcross Yards will pick their favourite and re-share them. The challenge runs from now until Easter Sunday.

15 The Big Bakes Online Baking Tutorials
The Big Bakes – the UK’s first and only live baking competition – usually pits keen amateur bakers against each in a marque in the gardens of the Castle Pub in Tooting. But now their team of bakers are hosting an array of remote tutorials to you baking at home. Broadcast from their famous, fully kitted out baking tents, the baking team will sharing three bake-at-home classes each week across their social media channels, covering easy-to-follow recipes that use the day-to-day ingredients and standard kitchen equipment. To take part, just visit @Thebig_bakes on Facebook or Instagram, where you will find a list of necessary ingredients. Once you’ve completed your creations, share a photograph with @Thebig_bakes and each week the team will choose the winning amateur baker. The prize? Vouchers to attend a live session later in the year.


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