Cheshire virtual events during the lockdown

PUBLISHED: 00:00 01 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:16 01 May 2020

Belle Voci have filmed an online concert to support the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Belle Voci have filmed an online concert to support the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

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Cheshire Life’s guide to the events you can visit without leaving home

WELLBEING

NAMASTE

Daily

Let your body flow with these digital at-home yoga sessions, designed to turn up the positive thoughts. It’s business as usual – just from the comfort of your living room floor.

Narali Yoga Studio, Altrincham, book through the Narali Yoga app and receive a meeting code for use on Zoom

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10-DAY POSITIVITY CHALLENGE

Here to transform your week from one of worry to one of calm and positivity, The Vibrancy Hub offers daily support through an online community. The simple programme includes: a daily positivity guide, a super-calming yoga video and meditation video, a daily positivity booster email and access to a private Facebook community. The tips and tools will be focused on helping you feel calm, connected and elevated.

thevibrancyhub.co.uk/events

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SPA SELFIE

Three times a week

The Spa at Carden Park Hotel has launched a #SpaAtHome campaign ‘where you can achieve Carden’s luxury spa experience at home’. Head to the spa’s Instagram stories or IGTV for new and innovative ways to achieve those must-have treatments to keep you feeling fresh until the salons are back open.

Via Instagram, @thespaatcarden

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SING-A-LONG-A-SOFA

Weekly

Join North Wales star James Sills for a weekly 45-minute sofa sing-a-long, bringing hundreds of people together via video call and YouTube, to lift spirits and bring some musical joy. Inspired by the balcony singers in Italy.

Sign up online atVthesofasingers.net

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VIRTUAL DAYS OUT

A DAY AT THE ZOO

Replay

Join the red pandas, giraffes, elephants, penguins and more at Chester Zoo for a virtual day out, hearing from the keepers about the animals and their daily adventures at the zoo. For extra learning, download some of the free resources with crafts, quizzes and activities.

Chester Zoo, chesterzoo.org

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BELLE VOCI ONLINE CONCERT

Following in the footsteps of musicians all over the world, Chester superstar duo Belle Voci, who shot to fame on the 2018 series of The Voice, have recorded a concert in aid of the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which is bringing personal protective equipment to frontline workers and working to create a vaccine. The duo say: “While we are all far away from each other, we wanted to bring people together with something to uplift their spirits, keep them going and raise some money for a great cause.”

youtube.com/watch?v=odoMlHOtKNg&feature=youtu.be

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MUSEUM MAKES

A one-stop shop of boredom-bursting activities for all ages. Grab your crayons or felt tips and find out what it’s like to be a point paper designer with free colouring by number downloadable sheets, or use the easy step-by-step guide to create your own looms and weave beautiful designs using everyday items.

Macclesfield Museums, macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk/news

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LOVE LOWRY

With its doors currently closed, The Lowry in Salford has launched a free way for people to continue to enjoy the arts. A daily service of creative activities and art experiences to enjoy from the comfort of your home, Love Lowry is offering things to try yourself to the opportunity to experience digital art designed to be enjoyed online and the chance to ‘watch again’ art experiences from the Lowry’s digital archive.

thelowryblog.com or follow @The_Lowry on Instagram and Twitter

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CINEMA AT HOME

Storyhouse has teamed up with online film platform Mubi to give you 90 days free to enjoy great films at home. All you have to do is sign up, grab the popcorn and get comfy.

mubi.com/storyhouse

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BIG PICNIC

The Big Picnic for Hope is an opportunity for households to be part of a virtual get together on 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The project asks people to stay at home, to picnic indoors or in their gardens, and to join friends and families virtually.

To join in with the Big Picnic for Hope, find out more, or share your ideas and photos visit www.bigpicnicforhope.com also see participating cathedral social media and @bigpicnicforhope on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or the #bigpicnicforhope hashtag

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EDUCATE & CREATE

INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING

Every Wednesday

With a goal to give children a guided creative outlet for sharing ideas and creating their own story books – as well as giving their parents a much-needed bit of quiet time with a cup of tea – children’s author and illustrator Sarah Parkinson is running live interactive story writing workshops on her social media channels.

Every Wednesday at 10am, facebook.com/sparkyauthor or on Instagram via @SparkAuthor

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YOUNG STORYHOUSE SESSIONS

Daily

The Young Storyhouse team has made a series of fun online sessions for children and young people to complete, either on their own or with their family, as well as a daily Family Story read by a familiar Storyhouse face.

If that’s not enough, tune in at 6pm every day for the Six O’Clock Story.

Streaming live daily at 11am, 4.30pm and 6pm on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, via youtube.com/channel/UC09DZi3vAALW77aI2jNeb_w

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STAY AT HOME KNITTING

Hand-knit designer Suzie Johnson, who hails from Heald Green, has created designs for doggie jumpers with the phrases ‘stay at home’ and ‘thank you NHS’ with £1 from each pattern download sale going to the NHS to help fight COVID-19.

ravelry.com/designers/suzie-johnson or via Instagram @suziebeans

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IN THE HAPPY HOUSE

Daily

Community-focused travel and lifestyle brand Girl About, and its Girl About Manchester founder, Sarah Kowalszyn, have launched a Facebook initiative to support parents and kids and combat the challenges of being stuck at home. Each day a new at-home activity will be shared, to entertain the kids for an hour and give parents a vital 60 minutes of free time. Prizes are on offer for the best efforts – its ethos to ‘make amazing memories at home’.

facebook.com/groups/happyhourathome

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RESIN ART TRAINING

Cheshire artist, entrepreneur and manufacturer Norman Reay has launched online resin art training courses with a ‘how to’ on turning old or damaged worktops and tables into works of art. He teaches homeowners and businesses resin art refurbishments of tables, work or counter tops, doors and wall art – the beauty of it being it reflects the customer’s own designs, ideas and colour scheme to give a unique piece of art.

Unit-40 Flex Space Business Centre, Ellesmere Port, reson-8.co.uk

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UNTIL NEXT YEAR

The Royal Cheshire County Show, which was due to take place on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th June, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But organisers say they are working on putting together ‘an even bigger and better show for 2021’, taking place on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June at Clay House Farm, Knutsford. Organisers, the Cheshire Agricultural Society, say: “We were very much looking forward to welcoming people to our 2020 event, with an exciting line-up of attractions, exhibitions and demonstrations planned, however we hope our visitors can fully support us in this difficult decision, which we’ve taken to ensure the health and safety of all exhibitiors and attendees during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“We would like to thank visitors, entrants, exhibitors and members for their continued support during these unprecendented times. In the meantime, we are working with a variety of groups, organisations, charities and individuals across Cheshire to offer support and informed guidance where necessary to help those currently affected by the outbreak.” royalcheshireshow.org

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