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StayingHOME this summer

Find resources to help you stay entertained this summer.

If you're looking for inspiration to keep the kids active and entertained, along with the rest of the family, look no further!  We've pulled together the best we can find to support you and your family to keep boredom at bay this summer.

Made possible with help from teams within the council and partners across the city, as well as national organisations. 

Most online resources linked to from this page are FREE to access and/or download, but you may need to create an account in order to do so.

Be aware that venues and activities are operating under strict Covid-19 guidelines for everyone’s safety, which may mean that facilities may not always be available.


Keeping the kids busy

Fun for kids of all ages.


Take a summer staycation with ActiveNotts using their great resources and ideas to help you and the family to stay active this Summer.

Find out more

 

Visit Nottingham Arts Mela anytime between 27 and 23 August for some great family activities. 

Find out more


Date for the diary! Nottingham Carnival hits your computer Sunday 23 August with all the usual carnival activities shared online:

Find out more

Join Nottingham Music Hub and search for the Lost Chord! This amazing summer musical adventure will keep you guessing right to the end as you solve clues and try to solve the mystery of the lost chord – is it a myth, or will you solve the quest and discover its true nature? 

Join in now


Get your online groove on with Zumba with Charm, our This Girl Can ambassador, as she delivers awesome FREE sessions over on Zoom! For age 6-11yrs (Adult must be present on the Zoom session). Funded by LW Arts and Connect and Create.


4 August 2pm - join now

11 August 2pm - join now


Learn to ride a bike safely with Ridewise,  who are offering sessions for all ages and abilities.  The Saturday morning sessions are FREE for Nottingham City residents too!

Book a place

From bug-hunting to nature sessions, drumming to storytelling, everything you loved about StoryParks 2019 is online to do at home this summer.

Visit StoryParks


From taking part in Silly Squad, the online Summer Reading Challenge, to sending in your book reviews for Love to Read, Nottingham City Libraries' Summer of Fun has got it covered.

Visit the Online Library


ChalleNGe has developed a Creatives Activities Pack absolutely crammed with activity ideas for kids. With so much to choose from, they'll never be bored!

Download now!


Safely enjoy the swings and slides or take a picnic to your local park with Nottingham City Council Parks and Open Spaces.

Find your nearest Park


Dust of the bikes and explore the city on two wheels with Transport Nottingham 

Find a route


Visit Stonebridge City Farm and get close to the animals, or take a look at their great activities and farm-related resources for you to enjoy!

Visit Stonebridge City Farm

For activities for all the family to videos and blogs celebrating their collections and the fabulous community too, #InWithLakeside from Lakeside Arts will keep everyone entertained. 

Visit Lakeside Arts

A list of fun activities to do at home created by DAISI Education, part of Nottingham City Council.

Visit DAISI Education


Take The Wild Network's challenge and tick off all 42 Days of summer things to do that are creative, adventurous and environmentally friendly too!

Visit The Wild Network

 

Join Charlotte from Nottingham Contemporary for a whole range of creative challenges, from creating a window diary to gobbledygook! 

Visit Nottingham Contemporary
 


Nottingham’s Nonsuch Studios has launched Creative Quarantine - a daily newsletter of activities for adults and children who are confined to their homes.  

Visit Nonsuch Studio

Create new friendships and smiles with Nottingham Playhouse by becoming a pen-pal with someone in care homes, hospitals, and children’s homes across the city.

Visit Nottingham Playhouse 

 

Join David Walliams for Elevenses and hear him read one of his awesome stories.

Visit The World of David Walliams

National education provider, Twinkl provide online fun resources for children of all ages with their free Holiday Resources kit.

Visit Twinkl

Bake something yummy for tea with BBC Good Food.

Visit BBC Good Food

Learn to make amazing models with paper with Origami-Fun.com!

Visit Origami-Fun.com

Try a 10-minute shake-up with your favourite Disney character, from Change4Life.

Visit Change4Life

Stuck for things to do with older kids or teens? We've got you covered.



Join Nottingham Music Hub and search for the Lost Chord! This amazing summer musical adventure will keep you guessing right to the end as you solve clues and try to solve the mystery of the lost chord – is it a myth, or will you solve the quest and discover its true nature? 

Join in now

Think you know your football? Take Nottingham Forest's quiz.

Visit Nottingham Forest

Create new friendships and smiles with Nottingham Playhouse by becoming a pen-pal with someone in care homes, hospitals, and children’s homes across the city.

Visit Nottingham Playhouse

The world is yours for the making and with FREE, limitless Minecraft adventures to enjoy.

Visit Minecraft

Grab your earbuds, tune in and tune out – with this list of 10 must-listen podcasts for tweens and teens, from Common Sense Media.

Visit Common Sense Media

Activities and hobbies

Find a favourite activity or try something new.

 

Learn to ride a bike safely with Ridewise,  who are offering sessions for all ages and abilities.  The Saturday morning sessions are FREE for Nottingham City residents too!

Book a place

Recreate some of your favourite city landmarks with Jigsaw Planet and see if you can beat the quickest scores.

Visit Jigsaw Planet


read a book, magazine or newspaper with Nottingham City Libraries' Online Library!

Visit the Online Library

Create new friendships and smiles with Nottingham Playhouse by becoming a pen-pal with someone in care homes, hospitals and children’s homes across the city.

Visit Nottingham Playhouse 

Take The Wild Thing challenge and tick off all 42 Days of summer things to do that are creative, adventurous and environmentally friendly too!

Visit The Wild Thing 

Learn to cook up a storm with Delia Smith!

Visit Delia Online

Learn how to draw with this list of FREE YouTube channels from My Modern Met. Pick up a pencil and harness your inner Picasso!

Visit My Modern Met

 


Learn to 'knit one, purl one' with this great online tutorial from AllFreeKnitting.com.

Visit AllFreeKnitting.com

​Parlez-vous français?​ Learn French, German, Spanish and more for FREE with Duolingo.

Visit ​Duolingo

 

 

 

Education and learning

Resources to keep the kids on track while they're at home.

 

From bug-hunting to nature sessions, drumming to storytelling, everything you loved about StoryParks 2019 is now online for you to do at home.

Visit StoryParks

Young Enterprise are giving you access to My Money Week resources, all the way back to 2014! The resources are packed with useful information on money and finance, for kids.

Visit Young Enterprise

DAISI Education have created a great list of Quick Links to educational activities for families in lockdown.

Visit DAISI Education

Nottingham City Libraries have gathered a fantastic selection of learning resources to support homeschooling.

Visit the Online Library

Join Charlotte from Nottingham Contemporary for a whole range of creative challenges, from creating a window diary, to gobbledy gook! 

Visit Nottingham Contemporary

for KS1 and 2 children's Nottingham Forest Community Trust have created some Football related lessons to keep the kids learning whilst having fun.

Visit Nottingham Forest Community Trust

Check out BBC Bitesize for daily online lessons for all ages.

Visit BBC Bitesize

Learn maths with Carol Vorderman! For kids aged 4 to 12. (21 day free trial)

Resources to help develop your child's reading, writing, speaking and listening skills with Read On Nottingham.

Visit Read On Nottingham

From birth to 12 years old  and everything in between – the National Literacy Trust's Family Zone has got you covered.

Visit the National Literacy Trust

Make music without instruments!

Visit Nottingham Music Hub

National education provider, Twinkl provide online educational resources for children of all ages in their Home Learning Hub.

Visit Twinkl

Say what you see with PhonicsPlay.co.uk.

Visit PhonicsPlay.co.uk

Learn new skills with these courses for adults.


Upskill in your downtime – get a new qualification and improve your employability.

Visit Coursera

Visit OpenLearn

Visit Oxford Home Study Centre

Health and wellbeing

Stay physically active while staying at home.


Active Nottingham has created a Home Workouts hub where you'll find physical activities for all ages and abilities including live-streamed fitness classes every day.

Visit Active Nottingham

Work out with the UK's sporting governing body, Sport England with a range of fitness activities.

Visit Sport England

Check out Active Notts, the Active Partnership's website for more info on staying fit and healthy.

Visit Active Notts

Look after your mind and find mental health support during these unsettling times.


Look after your mind and find mental health support during these unsettling times provided by Nottingham Libraries.

Visit Nottingham Libraries

There's no need to feel lonely while social distancing – ASKLiON has pulled together all the support that's out there.

Visit ASKLiON


The Prince's Trust
offer young people somewhere to turn in this difficult period by providing them with one-to-one support over the phone and online, along with the information hub packed with resources.
Visit The Prince's Trust

 

 

Art, music and theatre

Enjoy cultural experiences without leaving home.

Visit Nottingham Arts Mela between 27 and 23 August for some great family activities 


Find out more


Date for the diary! Nottingham Carnival hits your computer Sunday 23 August with all the usual carnival activities shared online:

Find out more

Enjoy theatre performances from home with the National Theatre at Home live stream. 

Watch Now


For activities for all the family to videos and blogs celebrating their collections and the fabulous community too, #InWithLakeside from Lakeside Arts will keep everyone entertained. 

Visit Lakeside Arts


DAISI Education
 have created a great list of Quick Links to online museums, live theatre, live cameras and live dance/music tutorials for families in lockdown.

Visit DAISI Education

Visit Nottinghamshire are bringing the nightlife vibe to your sitting room with everything from virtual events, food delivered to your door and much more #NottGoingOut!

Visit Visit Nottinghamshire

Get comfy as artists and performers from Nottingham and beyond perform a live gig every evening as part of the LeftLion Sofa Sessions.

Visit LeftLion on Facebook

Grab the comfiest seat in the house and enjoy live music with DHP Family.

Visit DHP Family 

Enjoy 3D exhibition walk-throughs with New Art Exchange

Visit New Art Exchange

Explore Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Hall and Deer Park through blog posts.

Visit Newstead Abbey

Visit Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Support in your community

Find support or offer it.


Learn to ride a bike safely with Ridewise,  who are offering sessions for all ages and abilities.  The Saturday morning sessions are FREE for Nottingham City residents too!

Book a place



ASKLiON
 has pulled together loads of useful information for parents, carers, and critical workers of children and young people.

Visit ASKLiON

 

Get help from our Warm Homes Hub whilst staying at home.  From faulty boilers to advice on saving money on heating and electricity, they've got it covered.

Download now


Find out about volunteering opportunities with Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service.

Visit NCVS

"Make a Difference" is the BBC Radio Nottingham's local campaign where you can offer help, either as an organisation or individual.

Visit BBC Radio Nottingham


The Prince’s Trust
has launched the Prince’s Trust & Nat West Enterprise Relief Fund making £5million available to support young people and their businesses through this period of uncertainty. 


Visit The Prince's Trust

 

Donate to Open Kitchens, a NEW local initiative providing high-quality delivered meals to NHS staff, key workers and vulnerable people. 

Donate to Open Kitchens UK

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