Things to do at home

There are a wide range of things to do at home. The following are just a few suggestions and links - let me know of any others that I can add.


If you've ever fancied immersing yourself into opera now is the time to do it. The MET Opera are streaming live nightly operas straight to your home for free.


If you want to reduce your screen time, audio-book service Audible has lots of free stories available, which can all be streamed from a laptop or smartphone. They're also giving away hundreds of kids' books while schools are closed, and you don't need an account to listen to them. The Devon Libraries Digital Library also allows you to stream loads of free eBooks, eAudioBooks, eMagazines and much more.

Virtual globe-trotting:

Physical travel may be off the cards for now, but you can still feed your wanderlust virtually. Some of the world's greatest museums offer free online tours, including the British Museum, the Louvre , The Smithsonian and The Vatican, while Look Up London allows you to take to the streets on a virtual guided walk through a selection of historic London locations with a Blue Badge Guide. If you're yearning for the great outdoors, you can visit some of the world's most magnificent national parks through your computer with Google Arts and Culture

Learning new skills:

If you've always wanted to learn a language or boost your business skills but never managed to get around to it, now is the perfect time. Skillshare has a huge range of courses and offers a 2-month free trial, while more specific apps like Duolingo allow you to spend just a few minutes a day learning a foreign language, in a fun game style. It's free and there's even an app for kids.

Learn Devon have launched over 100 free online courses covering employability, wellbeing and digital skills - you can browse the courses and enrol on the Learn Devon website or by calling 0345 155 1014. More courses are being developed so keep an eye on the website for further course.


If you've finally decided to learn to play the guitar that's gathering dust in the corner, head to Fender Play, which is offering three months of free online lessons for the first 100,000 signups. Or maybe it's time for you to get started on your family tree Ancestry and Genes Reunited both have free trials, giving you access to billions of family records. For all those wannabe Great British Bakers, or Master Chefs you can find tons of free tutorials, recipes and tips online.

For families with kids at home:

Keeping fit, staying active and relieving stress: