Things to do this week if you are in self-isolation

  • Many students are self-isolating in their halls of residence to reduce the spread of coronavirus
  • There are still lots of things to do this week which are available online and from the comfort of your own home

Hogwarts digital escape room

We all need a bit of escapism right now. Created by an American librarian, Harry Potter fans can enjoy this free magical escape room, without leaving your sofa.

As a first-year, you get sorted into your school houses by the sorting hat, and then onto the wizarding adventure. A mixture of team-building exercises, trivia questions to answer and puzzles to solve that will test your Muggle knowledge.

You can complete this escape room as an individual player or in a team. Try your best to escape here.

Get your theatre fix

While Coronavirus has kept our theatres closed, producers and companies have been finding ways to share their work.

If you are a Disney lover, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Disney Cruise Line has shared their live stage show of Tangled: The Musical.

If you are into your more serious shows, you can enjoy the award winning, first all women of colour Shakespeare on a UK stage – from the 2019 Globe Season.

The Manchester International Festival has put full performances, Q&As and lots of content online for free.

Opera North is streaming its production of the hit Bernstein opera for a whole month on its YouTube channel.

For something a little more theatrical and has the wow-factor, check out the Cirque du Soleil’s free selection of acrobatic show on YouTube.

You are dope like Ovie

Professional British Basketball player Ovie Soko won hearts all over the world during his time on Love Island UK with his openness, authenticity and wise insights. Now, he has a message for everyone: You Are Dope. During this live stream, Ovie talks about his road to self-discovery and his new book, You Are Dope. Tickets are from £10, with a book and ticket deal costing you £15.

Wednesday (30 September), 6.30pm

Book here

A quick trip to France?

With the wonders of technology, you can take a round trip to Versailles in an afternoon. Google Arts & Culture has created one of the most impressive virtual tours ever, taking you inside the Palace of Versailles — the famous home of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Enjoy a video tour of the palace (or stream it on VR) where you will see some of the best artworks and artefacts in the palace.

Take a walk in the gardens, go inside the famous Hall of Mirrors – the world is your oyster. 

Explore here

Home Mcr Young Identity: Pamoja Nyumbani (Together at home)

Join Saf Elenossi and Ella Otomewo, members of Young Identity – HOME’s resident artists, as they lead a one-off poetry workshop exploring the Black British diaspora, and what home means to you through poetry and the spoken word. Learn to pen a poem or tell a story in this special poetry workshop aimed at people ages 15-25 years old, from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Thursday, 1 October. Online. To express your interest in this workshop, please email [email protected].

These are just a couple of ideas to keep you busy and entertained around studies.