Resource: Coronavirus COVID-19 – creative ideas and activities to do when at home

These are extraordinary and challenging times and the arts and culture sector is responding in a variety of ways. The details below have been collated to help you take part, enjoy and experience creative activity whilst you are at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

I will keep adding information as I become aware of them. Please do get in touch if you would like me to add anything

Alongside this, take a look at our Active Communities Resources page with lots of ideas across a wide range of subjects of things to do, stay active and keep positive during these exceptional times.

Wiltshire Music Centre’s Celebrating Age Wiltshire concert recorded on 18/03/2020. In partnership with Sian Penlington and Rob Cloquhoun this project aims to increase the health and wellbeing of older people living in isolation using arts, culture and heritage.

Dance Six-0  – contemporary dance classes for men and women approaching 60 and above – has launched its summer term of online dance classes 10 June until 22 July (fee payable). Find out more and to book     They are also offering free online taster sessions on Mondays at 5pm Find out more

Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) online. Aimed at children aged 2-5, the 30-minute videos are interactive, with lots of action, songs and activity for your tots to enjoy.

A New Direction offers creative ideas for the home such as turning your home into a museum

Pound Arts online courses and workshops

Illustrator Chris Dunn has free colouring sheets on his website to download.

Art4Dementia have remote access events page and an engaging from home page on their website

#TheViralKnit are inviting knitters to join their community and make a difference from the comfort of their living room.

Fun Palaces’ are collating Tiny Revolutions of Connection – activities suggested from around the UK of things to do with others or in isolation, supporting community connection at a distance.

KAPOW! The Cartoon Museum has free resources available to people to draw their own comic stories, create characters and more.

Scene Saver online hub showcases productions from Off-West End theatres and smaller venues.

Benedetti Foundation has daily online music lessons.

The National Archives has collated a series of boredom busters – these online resources and activities include do-it-yourself family history tips, home schooling resources, author talks and games for families.

Pound Arts: Ukulele Digital Sessions – Getting Started

Curator’s Discussion: Incendiary at The Pound Arts Centre

Picasso and Paper: virtual exhibition tour  

Jane Scott Ceramics has a series of pottery making at home videos (charge for materials):

Dovecot Studios #WeavingFromHome

Wiltshire Music Centre has a YouTube channel to explore–Izm4eNJg6rjasnCA

Wiltshire Music Centre has a weekly newsletter – sign up here

Wiltshire Creative have launched Wiltshire Creative Connects – a programme of work, to stay engaged with audiences, participants and local artists; available free to everyone.

Wiltshire Creative have a YouTube channel to explore

Wiltshire Creative has made available on their website a recording of Amsterdam, a play that should have been held at The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse (suitable for ages 14+)

Young Ambassadors aged 14 to 21 at Wiltshire Creative have an online Easter Takeover Festival

Follow Pound Arts Twitter for their online programme

Pound Arts have a weekly roundup of online events – sign up here

Wiltshire Music Connect have resources for families and a curated list of useful online resources for schools to use. Also online music and singing resources for teachers.

Explore the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website and follow us on social media ( and to stay connected with our collections and services For teachers and families looking for resources and ideas visit the Education pages and Explore.

Building a family tree is the perfect #StayAtHome hobby. TNA’s research guides will help those new to archives to learn how to find and use military records, wills, the census and a wide range of other records to trace their ancestors.

Arts Together who bring arts, creativity and improved well-being to older people in Wiltshire have launched a “Creativity in Isolation” project page on their website that has creative ideas, initiatives and arty distractions that you can do at home with very few materials.

Culture Diary have an ongoing list from culture and creativity you can enjoy from home

Ideas and activities to inspire young minds at home from the Scouts

Art is where the home is – an artist activity pack made with contributions from Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry, Gillian Wearing and more.

A creative competition for the over 70’s

The Arts Society – formerly Nadfas – has launched a series of free lectures online aimed at the over-70s:

Keep kids occupied with Craft Council’s craft roundup for home school, Little Angel Theatre at home resources and TED Ed(ucation).

Creativity Works highlighted some free, creative resources to access from home:

Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance have listed some at

MARCH has listed some at

Whether you’re an artist or not, Art club by Good Day Club enables you to freely take part in this fun exercise and send through your paintings/drawings to them. More information at

This account on Instagram enables you to take part in a virtual film festival (VFF) happening every Thursday to Saturday. VFF will choose the film and tell you where to watch it. Then you can come back and discuss for live chat and talks.

PocoDrom have free mornings of songs for under 5’s have come up with 25 fun and meaningful activities that can be done at home to support independent learning – more details at

A two week Create to Connect trial by Do Think Share; starting from 23 March 2020. A daily creative challenge for you to use with friends, family, in school or community groups, for workmates working from home. The response will determine future activity.

Crafts Council has selected 12 craft books for beating isolation boredom

Google Arts and Culture offers online access to 500 cultural organisations around the world, from museums to historic sites, all viewable without ever leaving your living room.

The Sofa Singers bring together hundreds of people in real time for 45 minutes of simultaneous singing, smiling and sharing songs and stories.

The Royal Opera House have a free programme of curated online broadcasts and musical masterclasses

The Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra also have an abundance of digital orchestral experiences to keep you occupied.

Home-made creative ideas to make with most household materials

Try out the Photography activity pack, The Photo Club

Messums Wiltshire are launching a series of online exhibitions, events, interviews, essays and virtual tours. More details at

A series of dance and movement sessions over the next few weeks from Rosaria Gracia. More at

Crafts Council has granted free access to digital edition of Crafts magazine for a month:

CreativeBug has shared 50 free creative classes

The National Theatre are streaming plays from their archive every Thursday from 7pm on their YouTube channel and will then be available on demand for seven. Find our more at

Royal Shakespeare Company – enjoy shows, features and other work while the theatre is closed

The Holburne Museum, Bath is hosting weekly creative sessions via their website every Wednesday between 2-3.30pm

Yodomo creative online courses (some are free):

For those with children at home at the moment, here’s a set of creative learning and entertainment resources being developed

The BBC has new programmes as part of Culture In Quarantine. More details at

Tilly and the Button: six free sewing mini projects

Get Creative at Home #GetCreativeAtHome or

The Philharmonie Berlin and their digital concert hall

Metropolitan Opera live streaming

Virtual museum tours

Learn something new through Open Learn

Online music courses

Search youtube for arts and crafts activity

Visit the Museum of Modern Art

Project Gutenberg free e-books

Open Culture free colouring books from museums

Wiltshire Library Services has YouTube channel: – rhyme time recordings from libraries. More recordings, picture book readings and instructional videos about using Library online resources will be available soon

BookTrust – interactive books to read online or watch with singing

World Book Day’s Storytime Online

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations

ASCEL have resources, such as the Toolkits for RhymeTime and BumpBooster,

Resources from National Literacy Trust

The Reading Agency has collated ideas, activities and challenges from across their books & shared reading programmes to engage with in isolation. Find out more at

Earlyarts has compiled a list of creative ideas for families and schools:

Music and Singing

soundLincs have an early years resource pack called First Steps Into Music: plus musical ideas at 11.30am every morning on facebook:; also a First Notes app, available free on IoS and Android – a resource with 120 creative ideas for use in schools or at home to help build up music making skills and knowledge:

Community musician, Stephen Grocott, is sharing five  musical stories from his album of children’s music – listen for free up to three times:

Babigloo’s non-verbal music for babies 0-12 months:

Maestro Bebe – performances for babies. Three episodes here:, and

Online music workshops for children aged 0 to 7:

Uplifting sing-a-long every morning:

Made with Music – providing a virtual early years class every Thursday using story books, props, favourite songs and more, with musicians Kathryn and her family:

Concerteenies – live music series for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups is now freely available online:

Art, Design, Materials and Mixed Media

The National Association for Gallery Education, Engage, encourages hands-on exploration with objects, materials, music and collections, and shares its resources for early years:

Printmaker and artist, Helen from ArtLab, shows how to create art books, including simple book binding techniques:

Resources from experienced art teacher, Sarah Crowther, with great ideas on photography, drawing, mark making, painting and art lesson ideas for your home or school:

Creativity for Wellbeing by arts facilitator Richard Potter

Teacher Tom writes a daily blog on the many creative and educational activities his children taught him when he ran his preschool

Dance and Movement

Dance East offer Dance Tots sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as part of their Home is where the Dance Is programme:

Wake Up and Warm Up form Circus Central These 10-10.15am weekdays:

Social Distancing Festival:

Wriggle Dance Theatre has produced a series of daily, online bite-sized creative dance sessions for children age 2-5 and grown-ups.

Bouncing Boogie Mites are running daily free online live music and movement sessions for under 5’s:

Dance artist, Jo Cone, is facilitating weekly family dance sessions. Join at

Sadlers Wells performances and family workshops


Tate Kids – insights into living artists and a range of activities:

Creativity at Home from Glucksman contemporary art museum in Cork, Ireland

Drawing activity book from The National Portrait Gallery

Kids in Museums fun digital activities

Story and Theatre

The Ministry of Stories have put together Top Ten Tips for writing stories and other activities for recording audio stories and making sound effects:

Traveling Light Theatre, in partnership with The Egg, bring you their beautiful early years performance of The Snow Mouse

Treehouse Theatre specialise in interactive performances and workshops. Enjoy their beautifully read bedtime stories, bringing famous tales alive in your imagination:

The Scottish book trust’s online experience of the Long Nose Puppet’s adaptation of Polly Dunbar’s book, Arthur’s Dream Boat

keep updated by signing up for Earlyarts bulletin

Wiltshire Music Connect are creating a list of links to useful, fun and educational musical activities that you and / or your children can use from home:

Wiltshire Music Connect has collated online resources for schools to use:

Get involved as remote DJs, reporters and contributors, Malmesbury Community Radio:

Work Wiltshire has compiled a list of learning from home free resources

Wiltshire Music Centre has a youtube channel with performances and pre-concert talks–Izm4eNJg6rjasnCA This includes a Celebrating Age concert that was recorded as a live performance was not possible during the covid-19 outbreak

Wiltshire Council has a dedicated website page where you can keep updated on information about council services that may be affected by COVID-19. It includes:

COVID-19 Community Pack to support you and your community.

Community Groups Directory to find out about the volunteer support throughout Wiltshire. Can you get involved?

COVID-19 Volunteer Pack for those who want to set up your own volunteer group. It contains useful advice, guidance and support.

Active Communities Resource page – ideas of things to do, stay active and keep mental health in a positive place

Some resources to support your mental health:

Here are some ways to help connect and implement all of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing during this time:

Meril Morgan, Arts Lead, Wiltshire Council

Editor’s note:

Disclaimer – This information and links organisations outside of Wiltshire Council are being provided for information only and do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Wiltshire Council’s Arts Service and bears no responsibility for the content on these external sites.

We recommend that, for safeguarding purposes, parents / carers / school staff should check that content on external sites is appropriate before using it with children and are particularly cautious where any registration, sign-ups, in-app purchases or online interaction between young people could take place.

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