There are many local groups and individuals offering online support for a variety of hobbies and activities. If you already attended a particular group before lockdown, it may well be worth you contacting them or checking their website or social media channels to see if they are offering any online resources.

Many museums, art galleries, concerts and zoos are also providing online content to fill the gap for the public to enjoy them even while they are closed.

There are so many worthwhile hobbies out there. Whether you are looking for new ways to do an existing hobby or want to start something new, there are lots of resources to choose from and these are just a few of them:

Theatre and song

The Sofa Singers

The Sofa Singers is a free & weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world in real time for 45 minutes of simultaneous singing



Yoga, dance, theatre, meditation and family activities (small charge for classes as is a community interest group)


National Theatre Live

Every Thursday from 7pm UK time The National Theatre is offering a free live show performance through their YouTube channel.



The Craft Council

The Craft Council is offering a range of resources to help people during lockdown, including free access to their magazine’s 50 year archive.


Kirstie: Keep Crafting and Carry On

Kirsty Allsopp has been presenting a range of craft activities, many aimed for children to do, alone or with their parents. Episodes have been aired on channel 4 and are available to catch up on through All 4.

Victoria’s Crafty Ideas

Victoria, who works for NRAS has set up a YouTube channel with “how to” craft videos. The aim of the channel is to inspire as well as teach crafts to complete craft novices or just novices to a particular craft.


Facebook groups:

There are a huge number of great Facebook craft groups for inspiration or to share your work, including:

Crafts On A Budget Official: www.facebook.com/groups/craftsonabudgetoggicial

Girls that make stuff: www.facebook.com/groups/571449336350943

Handmade craft Network: www.facebook.com/groups/HandmadeCraftNetwork


Five other things offers ideas and inspiration for things to do during lockdown.



Pinterest is a site that allows you to ‘pin’ posts on your chosen topics to your own personal pinboard. It’s great for craft ideas and pretty much any other topic.