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It all feels a bit eat, sleep, Zoom, repeat at the moment. We’ve come up with some suggestions of fun things to do in lockdown. Mix up your daily routine and try something different, adding a little sprinkling of happiness along the way.

Open your own bistro for a night

Hang on, haven’t we just eaten, done the washing up, cleared up and now we must do it all over again? Sound familiar? How about making your home into a little pop-up restaurant to make mealtimes a bit different?

Put down a tablecloth, set the table, get the posh plates out, do a little starter (prawn cocktail anyone?), get the kids to write a menu and suddenly you’re having a special dinner. Maybe have a bash at a new recipe that you’ve been meaning to try. Even if it is beans on toast, find a little joy in the small things — like eating by candlelight (search #MakeAMealOfIt on Instagram for some inspiration).

If you fancy someone else doing the cooking, there are restaurant kits or local businesses who will appreciate the support if ordering a takeaway. Bon appetite.

Discover a new path

Take a walk/run/cycle on a new route local to you. Think you know every nook and cranny of your area? Perhaps not.

This lockdown, a fellow YHA staff member found a huge lake 10 minutes from their house that they never knew existed — despite living in the area for 15 years. A friend is enjoying walking their new puppy miles along new pathways she’s discovered using the Kamoot app, a community-based app that recommends local walks and trails.

Give it a go and while on your new journey, you could take some gloves and a bin bag and litter pick. It’ll make a difference to your local area, spruce up your neighbourhood and make you feel like you’re doing something worthwhile.

Tune in for a performance

You’ve scrolled through Netflix, Amazon Prime and iPlayer. Bridgerton, done. Lupin, on it. For a change, why not go to a gig? There are some fantastic performances being streamed online.

The Southbank Centre events boast a variety of readings — from the shortlisted poets of the T S Eliot prize, to Ethan Hawke discussing his new book, to a show by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Or how about some Shakespeare? The Globe is showing performances of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on demand (they’re also hosting puppet workshops for children which could go down well). Don’t forget to include an intermission and serve popcorn or ice creams. To be salty popcorn, or not to be, that is the question?

Visit a museum

Take a virtual tour around a museum. The Natural History Museum has some great tours, narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough. A trip into Hintze Hall will tell you everything you need to know about the blue whale, it even has background noises of people bustling around as you delve into everything you’ve ever needed to know about the whale, one of the largest animals ever to have lived.

And it doesn’t just have to be UK museums, you can pop over and check out Van Gough’s Irises at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, a Rembrandt at the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam or a Monet at Musée d’ Orsay, Paris.

Read to escape

Now is the perfect time to discover new authors and new worlds. Never have we wanted to escape more, and we are still able to transport ourselves around the world in a book.

Travel to Italy, the streets of 1950s Naples and the island of Ischia in Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Visit the walled city of Saint-Malo, France for the WWII novel All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Find yourself in suburban Philadelphia for Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House.

For younger members of the family, Barbar’s Guide To Paris is adorable. The elephant’s youngest daughter heads to Paris on her own for the first time and he tells her the best ways to experience the iconic city. “Enjoy food and conversation and every scrap of good weather you get. Walk everywhere.” Good advice, Barbar.

Share your ideas

Why not give our suggestions a go? Or share your ideas for doing something different with us using #LiveMoreYHA.

If you’re looking to entertain little ones, you can also download our free children’s activity pack.

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Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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