Easter at Home: How to celebrate the long weekend on lockdown

Easter at Home: How to celebrate the long weekend on lockdown

Keep the bounce in your step this quarantine with virtual comedy, theatre and music, time-consuming hobbies and plenty to keep the kids happy

With New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently declaring the Easter Bunny an 'essential worker', we're determined not to let the COVID-19 blues put a damper on our bounce this Easter long weekend. Whether it's taking in a live streamed performance from your favourite musician, tackling a new hobby with all this free time we've suddenly got on our hands, or just something to keep the wee ones occupied for a few blissful minutes, we'll have you jumping for joy in the comfort of your own home this weekend.

Virtual Events

First off, we've got to give a shout out to our ingenious pals over at the Edinburgh Science Festival who – undaunted by the cancellation of their physical festival – have gone digital, repackaging their 2020 programme into the virtual mini-festival Elements of #EdSciFest. Up on their website now are a range of fascinating talks on climate change, renewable energy, citizen science, lectures by former Edinburgh Medal recipients, and one rather pertinent one on the psychology of coping with quarantine by psychiatrists Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Neil Greenberg. Friday and Saturday will feature live streamed talks focusing on oceans and Scottish wildlife, broadcast via the popular Earth Live Lessons YouTube series.

If you're hankering for a tipple or two, but don't much fancy drinking alone, never fear: there are virtual tasting sessions for every type of poison, from a live virtual whisky masterclass led by Forbes' whisky writer Felipe Schrieberg (Fri 10–Sat 11 Apr) to a gin tasting run by Eden Mill (Sat 11 Apr). Both sessions require participants to book in advance so that the drinks can be sent to the participants before the workshop. Lyon Wines is also running an online wine tasting wherein participants can bring their own vino to discuss with new friends (Fri 10–Sun 12 Apr).

Easter at Home: How to celebrate the long weekend on lockdown

John-Luke Roberts

The clubs and music venues might be silent for now, but our favourite musicians and comedians are still keeping our spirits up. Red Note's musicians are taking their Noisy Nights online for the first of their digital concerts (Fri 10 Apr), while Canadian indie musician Dan Mangan proves that distance is now just a concept by performing a virtual home-bound concert for our listening pleasure (Sat 11 Apr). British singer-songwriter Sadie Jemmett also sings favourite hits, obscure numbers and takes requests at her Home Alone Sessions, streamed via Facebook Live (Sat 11 Apr).

The funny folk over at Cosmic Shambles return for another edition of their Stay at Home Show, which is slated to feature Robin Ince, Josie Long, Isy Suttie, Polly Samson and Keisha Thompson (Fri 10 Apr). Josie Long and our favourite absurdist John-Luke Roberts are also set to keep us in stitches at the Saturday Night Quarantine Comedy Club (Sat 11 Apr), while famous comedy club The Stand returns with their digital edition of Saturday Night at The Stand (Sat 11 Apr). Expect gags from the mighty Mark Nelson, Omid Djalili, Glenn Wool, Susan Morrison and more.

Easter at Home: How to celebrate the long weekend on lockdown

Dan Mangan

Easter Activities

Grab a packet of mini eggs, cosy up on the couch and catch up on the best in TV comedy, critically-acclaimed cinema, sci-fi flicks and crime thrillers. The great and blessed Phoebe Waller-Bridge has also announced that her Fringe smash-hit Fleabag Live (and the basis of her equally-acclaimed TV series) will be available via Amazon Prime Video from Fri 10 Apr, with proceeds going to support the National Emergencies Trust (NET), NHS Charities Together, Acting For Others, and the Fleabag Support Fund. We've also got the inside scoop on great streaming service deals if you want to diversify your binging roster this Easter weekend.

But if streaming infinite amounts of content straight into your eyeballs is starting to lose its charm, why not use the seemingly-endless empty hours we've suddenly found thrust upon us to good use and pick up a time-consuming hobby? After all, there's no better time to take up home brewing, in case there's suddenly a shortage of alcohol, or to feed your family through your own sourdough starter.

For those really looking to get into the Easter groove, learn how to cook up a storm with a series of Easter recipes, suitable for all types of eaters. Or pick up a few eggs during your next essential groceries shop and dye them festive colours using this kit, and hide them around your home (or garden, if you're lucky) for your 'quaranteam' to find.

Easter at Home: How to celebrate the long weekend on lockdown

David Walliams

For the Kids

To the brave parents and guardians who've been keeping their tiny terrors occupied during this lockdown: we salute you. Let Dan Hancock help you burn off some of their energy with Home School PE, with videos focusing on their physical and mental health broadcast via his Facebook page (Fri 10 Apr, Mon 13 Apr), and have beloved children's author David Walliams take them gambolling off in their imagination at his storytime Elevenses with the World of David Walliams, wherein he reads a story from his collection titled World's Worst Children (natch) every day (Fri 10 Apr–Mon 13 Apr). Keep their synapses poppin' at the Family Science Club (Sat 11 Apr), which sees British physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski joined by a passel of her science-loving friends to explore the great mysteries of our universe at this family-friendly online event.

For those looking to get crafty, there's plenty of home kits that can help get the family into the holiday spirit, from Easter wreath making, hanging egg ornaments, an egg-cellent search and find book and galaxy slime. Bring them all the fun of the fair with face painting, a bunny ear ring toss and an egg and spoon race. Or if you really just need a minute (or sixty) of peace and quiet, here are five great children's films to park them in front of while you catch your breath. Either way, this is an Easter that none of us are likely to forget anytime soon.

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The Saturday Night Quarantine Comedy Club

Josie Long, John-Luke Roberts and friends.

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

Comedian, writer and television personality David Walliams reads from his children's books on Soundcloud every day.

Live at the Stand

The Stand comedy club continues to make us laugh with live comedy shows on YouTube.

Dan Hancock: Home School PE

Personal trainer Dan Hancock launches his Home School PE classes on Facebook that will run throughout the whole summer to help you take care of your children's physical and mental health.

Sadie Jemmett: Home Alone Sessions

Sadie Jemmett plays songs live streamed from her home.

Noisy Nights Go Digital!

Enjoy classical and contemporary music by Red Note while sitting on your couch.

The Live Virtual Whisky Masterclass

Try an exciting and varied whisky selection while learning all about them from Forbes whisky writer Felipe Schrieberg.

Virtual Happy Hour

Interactive, social and fun wine tasting sessions online.

Eden Mill Virtual Gin Tasting

Virtual gin tasting sessions with Eden Mill.

Family Science Club

Helen Czerski and friends discuss all things scientific.

Dan Mangan

Dan Mangan (born April 28, 1983) is a Vancouver-based Canadian musician. He has also been a contributing writer for The Guardian's Arts section, Montecristo Magazine and Huffington Post Canada, and has won two Juno Awards.

Elements of #EdSciFest

The Edinburgh Science Festival team take their 2020 programme online in a new digital mini-festival, with online entertainment, curated articles, live streamed content, pre-recorded talks and downloadable resources to keep us curious during the quarantine.