5 THINGS TO DO DURING LOCK DOWN




WATCH MOVIES


Netflix and Amazon Prime aren’t your only options, and you don’t necessarily have to pay for a subscription to watch plenty of excellent films.

Openculture has a great list of 1150 free films you can watch online right now. If you have an eligible university or library card, you might also have access to Kanopy which offers thousands more film options for free.


WATCH DOCUMENTARY FILMS

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more cerebral, there are a few websites that give you access to free documentaries.Whether you’re into sharks, revolutions, or serial killers, you’ll find something interesting to watch during lockdown. Some great sites include Documentary Tube. Top Documentary Films, and Documentary Heaven.


WRITE NOVELS

Is it time for you to create rather than consuming?


If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but never found the time or inspiration, this is your chance. Apparently Shakespeare wrote King Lear in isolation during the plague, so maybe this lockdown is when you’ll write your opus.


If you’re not really sure where to start, we have a free course on how to start writing fiction to get you on the right track.


COOK SOMETHING NEW

One good thing about being home a lot is that you can finally spend time cooking things from scratch.

You can find great recipes online, even if you’re on a limited budget. Jack Monroe’s recipes are specifically created for people on strict budgets or relying on food banks, while Miguel Barclay is best known for his one pound meals.


PLAY BOARD GAME

Board game lovers will be pleased to know that there are ways to play your favourite games online, so you don’t have to wait for the lockdown to end to try out your new Scythe strategy or to finally play Terraforming Mars with a friend.


Websites like Tabletopia have free accounts for players, but you may need to pay to play some of the more popular or newer games.