See the World from the Comfort of your Home
After several weeks in lockdown most of us are now used to a ‘new normal’, based around our home and our local community. But, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get out and see the world again.
Thanks to video technology, we are now able to see some of the greatest landmarks, museums, music, and art from the comfort of our own homes.
Thousands of organisations have opened up their doors and are allowing us to take part in virtual tours, live concerts, and treasure hunts! Here are just some of the fantastic virtual events you can take part in.
Museums and Galleries
Enjoy a walk around Westminster Cathedral in London and take in the sights of the grave of the unknown warrior, the Coronation chair, and the grave of Sir Isaac Newton and other greats. Learn about these treasures and much more. https://www.westminster-abbey.org/learning/virtual-tours
Take part in a narrated virtual tour of the Vatican’s Museums. See intricate murals, tapestries and paintings, before taking in the sights of St Peter’s Basilica and Square. http://www.museivaticani.va/
One for all the family, check out NASA. The Langley Research Center https://oh.larc.nasa.gov/oh/ and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center https://www.nasa.gov/glennvirtualtours provide online tours free of charge. You can also try augmented reality experiences using The Space Center Houston app https://spacecenter.org/app/
Zoos and the Natural World
Enjoy a virtual stroll through Kew Gardens in London. Roam through various parts of Kew Gardens and Wakehurst. You can watch numerous videos highlighting life at Kew https://www.kew.org/about-us/virtual-kew-wakehurst
Often voted the best Zoo in the world, San Diago Zoo in the USA is offering people the chance to view live video footage of various animals, including: Giraffe, Tiger, Penguins, Koalas, Polar Bears, Apes and Elephants https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Music and Theatre
The Royal Albert Hall is hosting a range of virtual music events, including live music from KT Tunstall, Classical Music for Kids, Scouting for Girls, Imogen Heap and others. You can also view archived footage of those who have already played https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/royal-albert-home
The National Theatre is streaming free of charge each Thursday at 7pm, full-length plays, so far they have streamed One Man, Two Guvenors, Frankenstein and Twelfth Night.
Fun for everyone, the theatre is also hosting on the final Friday of each month a quiz with famous actors and actresses as hosts https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home