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10 things to entertain the whole family while you #stayhome

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During this time of uncertainty we are facing so many new challenges – including keeping everyone entertained during lockdown. Here are 10 great Winchester based and national activities to help entertain the whole family:

    1. Colour yourself a zoo of animals to decorate your house with the Marwell Zoo animal themed colouring-in activity sheets. From lemurs and tamarins to the birds in the Tropical House, grab your most vibrant pencils and give some of their animals a new look – if you need any inspiration check out the live animal webcams on the Marwell website. A black and white ruffed lemur walking across grass at marwell zoo
    2. Tune into the Winchester Cathedral’s live webcam and see if you can spot the peregrines return.
    3. Jane Austen’s House Museum holds an unparalleled collection of objects relating to Jane Austen and her close family circle, including first editions of her books, her writing table and her ring. Explore the collection on the Jane Austen’s House website.
    4. Nourish your artistic side with the Beaulieu National Motor Museum’s colouring activity sheets. Be sure to share your masterpiece on social media and keep an eye on Beaulieu’s website for more activities to come.
    5. Enjoy some DIY science thanks to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. Visit their twitter page to see Ice on fire and refraction – spark your curiosity in science.
    6. Take a journey through the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park right from the comfort of your home. Enjoy this virtual train ride from Alton to Alresford on the Mid Hants Railway – Watercress Line.Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'


  1. While we stay in our homes it is important to keep moving and stay active. Joe Wick’s daily PE lessons are a perfect way to stay healthy and get everyone in the family on their feet.
  2. Are you missing seeing the King Alfred statue as you come into Winchester – well Play to the Crowd has the perfect solution! Celebrate the unrivalled creativeness of Hat Fair and knit yourself a King Alf! Share your creations using #KnittedAlf.
  3. Brush up on your maths skills with Carol Vorderman who is offering free maths lessons for school children, perfect to keep everyone’s brain on top form.
  4. Let the world of David Walliams entertain your children with audio stories from The World’s Worst Children released every day.

Share all of your creations with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #LoveWinchester. We look forward to welcoming you back to the district soon but only when it is safe to do so.

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