As the lockdown looks set to continue at least for another few weeks, there are more and more things popping up to engage with online. We’ve rounded up a few of the best free things to do at home this week, including a virtual pub quiz from Jospeh Holt and an online sketch club set up by Cotton On MCR.

Oscar Lang | Soup Kitchen Livestream | Mon 20 Apr | 7pm - 10pm

Missing gigs during lockdown? Soup Kitchen are live-streaming a set from bedroom-pop cool guy Oscar Lang. Tune in via Facebook and enjoy some great live music streamed directly to your home. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for this week’s round up of the best live streamed music events.

Bethany Williams Earth Day Q&A | Somerset House | Wed 22 Apr | 12pm - 12.30pm

To celebrate Earth Day, British fashion designer Bethany Williams will join Somerset House curator Karishma Rafferty for a live Q&A. Williams will discuss her current commissions and charity projects, as well as giving instructions for making your own flags at home.

Virtual Pub Quiz | Joseph Holt | Wed 22 Apr | 7.30pm - 9pm

Virtual pub quizzes are cropping up all over the place and plenty of Manchester pubs are offering their own. Joseph Holt are holding theirs on Wednesday, hosted by quizmaster Paul. All you need is a pen, some paper and maybe a drink for the real pub atmosphere.

Sketch Club | Cotton On MCR | Thu 23 Apr | 7pm - 7.40pm

Looking Sketchy, a fortnightly casual online sketch club hosted by Cotton On MCR, aims to get your creativity flowing even in lockdown with a couple of different drawing exercises. This Thursday’s session will feature some still life studies – each exercise lasts from 5-15 minutes and the session will run for a total of 40 minutes.

Gay Village 13-Hour Party | Facebook | Sat 25 Apr | 11am - 1am

This live-streamed marathon from Manchester’s Gay Village will feature a whole host of activities, performances and partying. Hosted by Danny Beard, the event will feature brunch ideas from the Village Bakers, drag queens, and DJ sets – all in support of the NHS (you can donate through JustGiving).

Wise Children | York Theatre Royal

BBC iPlayer have made the 2019 theatre production of Wise Children (adapted from the Angela Carter novel) available to watch free online. Directed by Emma Rice (and having appeared right here in Manchester last year), the story follows two chorus girls, Dora and Nora Chance, through the world of theatrics and showbusiness in the 20th century.

Free books | Open Library

Open Library have a huge selection of free books available to read and borrow online, from classics such as D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover to contemporary hits like Stephen King’s It. All you have to do is register for a free account and you can browse their archive of available books – you can’t fail to find something you’ll like.

Mon 20 Apr - Sun 26 Apr
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Mon 20 Apr 2020