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Coronavirus: Stay at home exercises and activities

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

2Faced Dance Company
A range of online dance and fitness classes, performances and talks (available for a donation)

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

Free virtual mini Chance to Dance sessions on YouTube

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

Get Walking
Free virtual walking adventures from Choose How You Move, including a new Los Angeles challenge with a sightseeing tour and prizes to collect along the way

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

Leaner Living
Free virtual Keeping Kids Active sessions, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for under 6’s (9:20am - 9:40am) and over 6's (10:00am - 10:20am).  There's also Keeping Adults Active sessions available at 6pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

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

Free online meditation classes every Monday (7pm), Wednesday (8am) and Friday (12pm) on Zoom

Stride Active
PE sessions and games challenges for schools and families

Free virtual workouts, including stretch and core, tabata and body conditioning

The Starlight Company
Virtual free and paid for classes, including Calming Stretch, Family Dance, FitSteps, Yoga, Starlight Stars and Zumba

Wye Valley Yoga
Virtual paid for yoga classes (free for members) 

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 (New addition!)
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

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

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

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

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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 (join online today, if you're not already a member!)  

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 Shire (New addition!)
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

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)

Free online Kids' Craft Club, covering everything from butterflies and flowers to colouring and Origami, with different daily challenges 

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 

Met Office
Free activities and experiments to do at home, including making your own weather station 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

National Literacy Trust
Free children’s activities to help reading, writing and language development, including reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and challenges

National Theatre
Free theatre productions every Thursday at 7pm on YouTube (then available for seven days)

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

Offer a range of free online podcasts, covering different themes from contemporary farming to race and racism in the countryside 

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
Free online daily maths sessions and games with Carol Vorderman for children aged 4 to 12

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 

The Wildlife Trusts
Free YouTube wildlife videos released every Wednesday, 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

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 21 October 2020 (3:50pm)