OLD CareRing activities

Rampton CareRing - suggestions for activities whilst in isolation

We're pretty sure that being in isolation isn't on anyone's bucket list but, if that is where you are, here are a few ideas to pass some time. If you have other suggestions please send them to [email protected] and we'll add them to the list.

VIRTUAL VILLAGE HALL  The Virtual Village Hall   (launched by the Royal Voluntary Service) is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when it suits you. All classes are free.


  • Send a free Quentin Blake rainbow E-card to cheer somebody up
  • Phone a friend or family member. Call, text, FaceTime, or Zoom someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  • Work on your family tree - subscriptions to Ancestry and Find My Past make it easy to do from home but you can start with just a sheet of paper, a pen and family photos


  • Take a virtual tour of Frida Kahlo’s house and museum. Brilliantly blue and well worth exploring
  • J P Brewer - View classic paintings online
  • Walter's Museum - houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
  • Rob Biddulph an artist posting draw-along videos via Twitter here
  • Google Arts and Culture - Learn something new every day!
  • Via the National Gallery Youtube channel to discover the story of European art, masterpiece by masterpiece, go behind the scenes at the Gallery and learn how their Scientific Department identifies pigments, watch how gold leaf is applied, and more. Also talks and previous exhibitions
  • Virtual tour of Kettle’s Yard  in Cambridge
  • Explore London's top art galleries  Dulwich Picture Gallery, Hayward Gallery, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy, Serpentine Galleries, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and the Wallace Collection
  • 500 Art Galleries and Museums free online access
  • So many works to explore at the Art Institue of Chicago - thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection from their world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe as well as books, writings, reference materials, and other resources
  • 2,500 art galleries and museums to visit virtually


LEARN - use this time to learn something new

  • BBC languages - learn languages online for free
  • Curious Minds Compiled by academics and staff of Oxford Continuing Education, these freely available educational resources may help to entertain you during challenging times. Visit the world’s museums, libraries, language centres and more – and give your brain a workout – all from your own home.
  • FutureLearn have interesting free courses (unless you want a certificate) put together by universities across the world. Find something that you’d like to learn about. They have courses in a diverse range of subjects and are always adding more. Courses vary in length. Most are six to ten weeks long with some shorter two and three week courses
  • Ivy League courses for free via freeCodeCamp. Courses across all subject areas from these eight Ivy League universities in the US


  • Audible books have a free 30-day trial
  • Project Gutenburg - Download free books, e.g. Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc.
  • Solomon Kingsnorth - Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format - Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
  • Bibliomania Read Free Literature - also includes study guides
  • Manybooks 50,000 free ebooks - arranged by genre


  • Virtually visit hundreds of museums via Google Arts and Culture
  • Explore London's top museums The British Library, British Museum, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Imperial War Museum, London Transport Museum, Museum of London, National Army Museum, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and the V & A
  • Virtual Museum Tours - wander around some of the world's most popular museums (powered by Google Street View technology)





  • Do some Yoga, you can find many free routines online - with lots for complete beginners
  • Virtual Fun Run -  virtual replacement for the 2020 Cottenham 7K run - join, share, post and enjoy.


  • Whats On Stage list stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free
  • What the Butler Saw  Written by the late Joe Orton and starring Rufus Hound and Dakota Blue Richards
  • Only The Brave available to view free of charge. The rousing original musical tells the story of the soldiers that won the D-Day landings in the Second World War, forever cementing their legacy as heroes.
  • Broadway.com Their YouTube channel is hosting regular live-stream performances by a range of musical stars, including Kelli O’Hara and Rachel Tucker.
  • The Shows Must Go On Full stage versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Fridays at 7.00pm - usually available for 24 hours.
  • A Sonnet a Day with Patrick Stewart
  • National Theatre is streaming free plays including hits such as One Man, Two Guvnors, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night and more
  • Cosmic Shamble Network - live streaming podcasts such as Book Shambles, Science Shambles and mixed bill Comedy Nights.
  • Fifteen Broadway plays and musicals you can watch on stage from home


  • Eye for Diabetes - help improve the eye health of people with diabetes by checking retinal images.
  • Anti-Slavery Manuscripts - help to turn Boston Public Library's collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications. Note: This project is not currently supported on mobile and tablet devices.
  • Planet Four - help explore the surface and weather of Mars' south polar region
  • Seal Watch In this project researchers need your help to identify elephant seals and fur seals in the Southern Ocean so that they can learn more about their breeding and monitor their populations.
  • Fishing in the Past Here your task is to identify fish in paintings from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries so that the researchers can better understand the biodiversity and commercial use of fish during this time.
  • The Koster Seafloor Observatory In this project researchers need your help to explore the biodiversity of Sweden's marine habitats so that they can measure how climate change and human activities are affecting these ecosystems.

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