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Coronavirus: Stay at home exercises and activities

A mother and daughter exercising together at home

Update: 17 May 2021

As lockdown continues to ease across the country, please note that the information within this section is likely to change on a regular basis.  Please check directly with the listed group or organisation to keep up to date with their current plans.

If you’re looking for ideas to help you and your family stay active and entertained, during the ongoing coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic, why not give some of these a go?

Alanya Bellydance
Weekly online Splendid Isolation classes for both beginners and experienced dancers.  They're £2 a session or £10 for 6 sessions

Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire
Free 6 in 6 exercises for older people to do in the home

A range of different weekly online classes for all ages

Everybody Dance
A series of free online seated and gentle dance sessions for older people and their carers 

Get Walking (Updated!)
Free virtual walking adventures from Choose How You Move, including a fantastic tour of New England

Free online Halo @ Home workouts, exercises for older people and those with limited mobility and tips for exercising at home

Hereford Yoga Centre
Online free and paid for yoga classes and toolkits

Herefordshire Football Association
A series of free football games, activities and challenges for all the family to enjoy together in the garden

Hummingbird Health & Fitness
Free online yoga sessions and workouts

Matt Hudd Martial Arts
Free daily live virtual classes for children and adults, including tai chi and kickboxing

Stride Active
A range of different activity challenges for schools and families

ThePoint4 (Updated!)
Free virtual workouts, including strength and conditioning, tabata, yoga, barre and circuits with live sessions every Monday to Saturday during lockdown (full details available on Facebook)

The Starlight Company
Weekly virtual classes, including Barre Concept, Yoga, Zumba, FitSteps and Silver Swans

Wye Valley Yoga
Virtual paid for yoga classes (free for members), including beginners classes on Monday and Saturday 

Action for Elders
Gentle Balanced Lives sessions to help older people stay active and mobile at home
Free 10 Minute Shake Ups for children and families, inspired by your favourite Disney characters

Dance to Health
A range of online dance sessions for over 55's, to boost strength and balance and build your muscles to help prevent falls

Dance with Oti and Marius
Free YouTube dance classes for children and adults from Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse and her husband / dance partner, Marius Lepure 

Flamingo Chicks
Free virtual dance classes for children, including children with disabilities, with a range of different themes and stories

MS Society
Free online exercise videos for people with MS, including yoga, Pilates and simple workouts with personal trainer, Dom Thorpe

Gentle sitting, strength, flexibility and balance exercises for older people to do in the home

NHS with InstructorLive (New addition!)
Free YouTube workout videos for all ages, including aerobics, HIIT and Pilates, ranging from 10 to 45 minutes, with new sessions released every Wednesday and Saturday

One You
A range of different ways to help you move more and stay active, including exercises in the home and Couch to 5K running programmes

Parkinson’s UK 

Free online exercise classes, designed for those with Parkinson’s, but suitable for anyone looking for lower intensity workouts

PE with Joe
Free, live workout sessions with Joe Wicks for children of all ages, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am

Sport England
Stay in and work out with top tips, advice, guidance and a range of great activities for all the family

The Body Coach
Free YouTube workouts for children and adults, which can be done at home

This Girl Can
Free Disney Dance-alongs to help children and families stay active together

The Matt Hampson Foundation
Free YouTube workouts which are wheelchair and disability friendly

Wheely Good Fitness
Free YouTube exercise sessions for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility

Youth Sport Trust
Free online resources to keep children active and entertained, including fun 60 second challenges

A happy young girl with coloured paint on her hands

Hereford Cathedral
Try the cathedral's adapted Sensory Trail, which you can complete with things you find around the home

Herefordshire Board Gamers
Borrow a free board game to help keep you and your family busy and active (a small deposit is required) or take part in virtual games days / groups

Herefordshire Libraries (Updated!)
Borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks with your library membership card or research your family history using the Ancestry Library Edition.  You can also order books and audiobooks from Belmont, Colwall, Hereford, Kington, Ledbury, Leintwardine, Leominster or Ross-on-Wye library, via the Click and Collect Service.  If you're not already a member, join online for free today!

Kitchen Sink Gardening 
Join Tamsin Westhorpe (from Stockton Bury Gardens) and her son Herbie, every Saturday live on Instagram at 10am for indoor gardening and growing tips

KoKoro Collective
Free online relaxation, meditation and mindfulness resources / sessions for children and adults

Free online Find Your Calm Workshops for young people with visual impairments, focussing on how to cope with anxiety and tips for exploring wellbeing and mindfulness practice

Mary Deaville Artist
Free YouTube tutorials to help you develop your art skills, including drawing your very own 'a girl with a rainbow balloon'

Sing out Strong
Free Virtual Choir Practice for adults on Facebook, every Monday at 7:30pm

The HOPE Centre 
Free interactive Let's Play Online sessions for families with young children, every Friday at 10:30am

The Shire
A range of different stories, features, short films and online exhibitions, which celebrate Herefordshire's arts, creative and heritage scene 

Wyldwood Arts Playing Together
Free online sessions every Tuesday at 10:30am, for older adults and pre-school children to explore different ways to play together through fun and creative activities

Arts 4 Dementia
Interactive arts opportunities to empower those affected by dementia, including Chatty Wednesdays and remote access events

Children can stream free audiobooks, whilst the schools are closed, to help them continue dreaming and learning

Free online books, videos, games, quizzes and learn how to draw some of your favourite characters

Breast Cancer Haven
A range of free online classes every Monday to Friday, including yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and meditation

Provide a range of guides to support you at home, including how to enjoy the arts and how to keep your child entertained

Draw with Rob
Free online drawing sessions with children’s author / illustrator, Rob Biddulph, every Saturday at 10am

Food: A Fact of Life 
Free remote learning hub, full of family friendly ideas, activities and resources to support learning at home 

History Hit
Online history with Dan Snow, covering everything from the Romans to World War II (free for 30 days)

Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On
Free recipes and tips from Jamie Oliver, demonstrating how to make the most of our kitchen staples

Offer a range of free ideas for family fun and learning, from cooking and drama to indoor and outdoor activities

Let's Go Live
Free YouTube science and adventure educational sessions with Maddie Moate and Greg Foot 

Little Chapters of Chill
A series of free children’s audiobooks from Churchill, with mindfulness at the heart of every short story, to help keep the kids relaxed and entertained

Met Office
Free activities and experiments to do at home, including making your own weather station, cloud spotting and weather-themed colouring pages (for all ages!)

Music for Dementia
Five free radio stations playing music from different decades (minus adverts!), to help those living with dementia to enjoy listening to music

Natural History Museum (Updated!)
A fantastic range of fun activities, including arts and crafts, for families to do together at home or in the garden

National Theatre at Home
A range of plays and theatre productions available online with new additions every month (subscription streaming service)

National Trust 
Free downloadable
Peter Rabbit Winter Adventure activity packs, full of fun ideas, including puzzles, baking and crafting, featuring your favourite Beatrix Potter characters

Orchestra of the Swan
Providing 45 minute Musical Shares videos for those living with dementia, featuring a number of classic favourites, along with downloadable song sheets and guidance notes for interactive sessions

Ordnance Survey
Free downloadable Ordnance Survey maps for you and the family to colour in

Offer free online shows and podcasts, covering a range of different themes

The Buzz
Free online accessible and inclusive videos of different activities you can do at home, such as art, cooking, fitness and learning

The Maths Factor
Online daily maths sessions and games with Carol Vorderman for children aged 4 to 12 (free for 21 days)

The Open University
There's a range of free courses available, including those for children and adults

The Royal Opera House
Free online radio and television broadcasts from the world famous ballet and opera institution

The Shows Must Go On
A range of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's full-length, smash-hit musicals are available to rent or buy on YouTube (some shows are available free during lockdown) 

The Wildlife Trusts
Free YouTube wildlife videos covering identifying bird song, wildlife gardening, fun crafts and much more

The World of David Walliams
Free downloadable activities and resources, inspired by David's famous children's books, including Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny and The Midnight Gang

Words for Life
Free activities for children aged 0 to 12 to help reading, writing and language development, including reading and writing resources, videos, competitions and challenges.  For children aged 13 and over, the Zone In section offers different activities and challenges

Please note: 
These lists have been compiled for information only and should not be taken as an endorsement of any of the businesses / organisations listed.  All businesses / organisations providing online exercise classes, activities or entertainment, can ask to be included on the lists, free of charge.

This page was last updated on 17 May 2021 (11:35am)