Virtual events listings - DailyInfo
Oxford's DailyInfo are compiling a list of live and online streaming events
Oxford International Short Film Festival
The festival features 135 exciting Short Films played over 11 blocks between May and July. Profits to be donated to help Covid-19 NHS staff.
The traditional May Morning event has been cancelled so this year, we're inviting members of public to share their May Morning memories and home celebrations on social media using the hashtag #MayMorning.
Ramadan classes from the Fountain Institute
The Fountain Institute are holding regular classes for the month of Ramadan, some require registration and some require just simple access. All classes are held on Zoom and free for all to access.
Cowley Road Carnival at Home
Cowley Road Carnival is heading into your homes this year with #CarnivalatHome. Join in Team Carnival's creative projects - there are Carnival Arts at Home projects for children, Science and Art Learning projects for young people, and you can get involved in Virtual Carnival!
Singers, drummers and dancers can join us in recording a massive online flashmob ahead of 5 July, or if you're a whizz in the kitchen why not try one of our Flavours of Carnival recipes from the stalls and restaurants which line Cowley Road on Carnival Day.
Creation Theatre - The Tempest Live
Join Creation Theatre to be the first to experience Creation’s innovative, interactive, anarchic response to making theatre under lock down.
The Big Oxfordshire Quiz - Experience Oxfordshire
Over the next few weeks Experience Oxfordshire will be hosting a quiz on Friday evenings.
The Big Oxfordshire Quiz aims to increase pride in place amongst Oxfordshire locals during the coronavirus crisis.
Oxford Folk Weekend - Online
The traditional folk weekend (17 to 19 April 2020) is still going ahead online.
The Stay-at-Home! Literary Festival
The festival programme features over 200 authors and 130 events from 27 March until 11 April 2020, with subjects ranging from poetry to novel writing and nonfiction, career advice, wellbeing and mindfulness, mental health, and publishing.
Oxfordshire Artweeks are taking their annual festival virtual from 2 to 25 May, with 1000 artists.
In 100s of artist galleries on the website, there will be thousands of pictures of the pieces created by painters, potters, silversmiths, textile and glass artists, furniture-makers and more.
Creative activities for kids
Little Ankle Biters - guide to keeping the kids entertained
Oxfordshire guide outlining various online and offline learning and creative tools for children. Their guide also includes tips on how to structure your day and a list of activities for children.
ChatterPack - list of free, online, boredom-busting resources
A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources for people isolated at home.
Fields in Trust - activities for kids
Engage your kids with nature and get them being creative this spring with a range of fun park-themed activities and challenges.
Fantastic for Families
Fantastic for Families is an arts website suggesting ideas for cultural and creative activities for families to do together at home. There are links to live events that families can join and also to recorded activities that they can watch.
Girlguiding - Adventures at home
Activities and adventures to keep yourself occupied during this difficult time - fun for kids, adults, everyone.
The Scout Association have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas to keep kids learning new skills and having fun.
LEGO play ideas
50 LEGO play ideas. With ideas like these, your kids will never be bored (they work great with DUPLO and regular LEGO bricks too).
Doodles with Mo Willems
Illustrator Mo Willems will be doing 20 minute long ‘Lunch Doodles for Kids’ on YouTube. Every weekday at 1pm from the Kennedy Centre’s YouTube account.
Oxford Poetry Library - The Lost Words Activity Pack
Activity packs for people to follow at home, suitable for kids aged 7-14. There is a separate pack for different areas of wildlife including birds, plants, and mini-beasts.
Horrid Henry's Horrid Homework
Horrid Henry's Horrid Homework; each weekday families and children can pick up their fun Horrid Homework, weekly themed home based activities to enjoy together, with a special Feet Up FriYAY show to round off the end of the week on Horrid Henry YouTube channel.
Loads of activities from making chocolate art to creating pop art like Andy Warhol, as well as games and quizzes.
Oxford museums and galleries
Oxford museum tours
Take a virtual tour of some of Oxford's wold famous museums:
The Museum is posting an object each day and are hoping to see any creative responses: drawing, poetry, dancing, baking and more. Follow them on social media and take part in the daily #IsolationCreations on Twitter and Instagram.
You can also explore thousands of years of history through the online collections.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH)
You can continue to explore the range of online content available including their exhibitions, collections, and museum highlights.
Museum of Oxford
- Find activities, things to do from home and short, bite size videos on the Museum of Oxford's Facebook and Twitter and YouTube pages.
- Enjoy a virtual tour of the historic Oxford Town Hall.
- City Stories is our collecting website to gather your stories about Oxford. It is used to collect and display material and information relating to your city for all to enjoy. It will also be a resource for the Museum of Oxford to draw on when designing and creating new exhibitions. We invite anyone to add to our stories!
- A photograph of a quiet Oxford street
- A rainbow you have created to put in your window
- A diary or record of the front line work you are delivering
- It could be a video, recording, text, photograph or object
We are living through a monumental event which will shape all of our futures. We want to capture and record what you are doing and the effect of Covid-19 on you and the city. Please use Oxford’s City Stories to add anything you feel reflects the current situation. This could be:
Modern Art Oxford
Enter Modern Art Oxford’s thought-provoking and visually stunning virtual exhibitions online.
National and international museums and galleries
The British Museum
There are plenty of ways to keep exploring the British Museum online.
While the Science Museum is closed, their collection — and the inspirational stories it contains — remains open to you online.
The National Gallery
While the Gallery is closed in Trafalgar Square, their collection remains open for everyone to explore online.
- National Gallery - Collection highlights
- National Gallery - Search the collection
- National Gallery - Virtual tour
More international museums and galleries
Many famous museums around the world offer virtual tours you can take on your couch.
- Famous museum virtual tours on Hello Giggles website
- More famous museum virtual tours on Family Days Tried and Tested website
Or you can explore the collections from some of the most famous galleries and museums in the world online.
- The Louvre - Paris
- The Uffizi - Florence
- Museo Nacional Del Prado - Madrid
- Mauritshuis - The Hague
- Hermitage Museum - St. Petersburg
- Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam
- The Guggenheim - various
- The Museum of Modern Art - New York
- Tate Modern - London
Reading and poetry
Free stories for children of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles
Storyline Online features celebrated actors reading hundreds of wonderful children’s stories live and can be accessed 24 hours a day with no charge.
The International Book Club
The International Book Club, based at Queen's College, Oxford discusses novels translated into English from any language. The club is open to everyone. They usually meet in person but are planning their next discussion to take place online. This is a great choice for anyone wanting to read more translated fiction, meet fellow book-lovers, and learn more about other cultures.
Oxford Poetry Library
Oxford Poetry Library will email you an inspirational or uplifting poem every weekday to start your day.
There are loads of live streams and virtual concerts to watch
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
The OPO invites you to join them for a virtual concert performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 on Monday 30 March at 8pm. Their mission is to continue bringing world-class performances to you so you can stay connected with the Oxford Phil and enjoy the Orchestra’s performances in the comforts of your home.
Theatre, film, opera and dance
The Stage - list of theatre productions to watch online
Following the closure of UK theatres to prevent the spread of coronavirus many producers and companies are making their work available to watch online. The Stage website will be updating their list productions available on a daily basis.
Dancin' Oxford - What's On
Listing of information about online access to dance activities (for all ages) in Oxford.
The North Wall
The North Wall, based in Summertown, are hosting virtual exhibitions, and free online streams of plays and children's theatre on their website.
There's new activity packs for families to do together released every Friday that tie in with their online family theatre programme.
Film Oxford are now streaming dance, drama, documentary and experimental classics - alongside rarely seen footage of Oxford bands at Common People 2018 on their YouTube channel.
National Theatre at Home
The National Theatre are launching National Theatre at Home to give you access to theatre online. A selection of much-loved shows will be streamed on YouTube every Thursday starting from 2 April, free for every.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Watch Shakespeare on demand with the online streaming service Globe Player. Stream Shakespeare's plays recorded at the Globe Theatre in London.
The Wind in the Willows Musical
The Wind in the Willows the Musical is available to stream online for free. The performance was recorded live at the London Palladium in 2017.
Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals
A series of filmed musicals from Andrew Lloyd Webber will be made available online for free during the coronavirus crisis.
Filmed versions of his shows will be uploaded to the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! each week, where they can be viewed freely for 48 hours.
Royal Opera House
While the Royal Opera House is closed, teh Royal Opera House have created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free at any time, anywhere across the globe.
During this extraordinary and difficult time, the Met Opera hopes to brighten the lives of our audience members even while our stage is dark. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming.
With hundreds of dance, opera and theatre performances from around the world, Marquee TV has everything you need to enjoy arts and culture on-demand from the comfort of your living room. Includes performance from the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House Glyndebourne and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Jamie Oliver - Keep cooking and carry on
Jamie Oliver is sharing my easy-to-follow, super-flexible recipes with lots of useful swaps and tips to help you feed yourself and your loved ones in these unique times.
Daily Kitchen Live
Daily Kitchen Live is to be screened every weekday on BBC One for two weeks, to help people through isolation.
The show, hosted by chef Matt Tebbutt and cook book author Jack Monroe, will enjoy a fortnight residency from Monday 13 April, at 10am.
Virtual garden tours
House Beautiful has rounded up virtual tours of five breathtaking gardens from across the globe. Explore the lush and serene gardens of England, France, Chicago, and Hawaii, and live like a Rothschild, Claude Monet, or a British Royal. Anything is possible from your living room!
The Eden Project
While you're stuck at home, get inspiration from a wide variety of free resources and activities for all ages. Explore their free resources on gardening, green living, play and more.
Gardeners' World - 'how to' guides
Create a beautiful garden with the help of easy-to-follow projects, practical videos and problem solving advice.
Rural Sprout - re-grow vegetables from scraps
20 Vegetables you can re-grow from scraps to save money and be sustainable at the same time.
Get outside and explore your garden with local wildlife project, Naturehood. Contribute to scientific research on wildlife-friendly features in gardens, and improve your outdoor space for wildlife.
Oxfordshire Heritage Search
The Heritage Search is a catalogue of Oxfordshire's cultural and heritage resources. Use it to find a wide range of materials relating to Oxfordshire's past.
Picture Oxon - historic images
Historic images of Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley from the 1850s to the present, including 300,000 catalogue records of images and 100,000 digital images.
Garath Malone - Great British Home Chorus
British choirmaster, composer and TV presenter, Gareth Malone, has launched an ‘at home’ digital choir to boost the nation’s morale during coronavirus self-isolation.
The Sofa Singers
The Sofa Singers is a free and weekly online singing event from James Sills that brings hundreds of people together from around the world to spark joy and human connection.
Soundabout is a charity that uses music and sound to unlock the potential of people with complex learning difficulties. They are currently offering inclusive choir sessions, running remotely via Facebook Live.
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