Whilst we all know lockdown is necessary to keep our loved ones safe, there’s no escaping the fact that it can be pretty boring at times; not to mention the impact it can have on your mental health. Staying busy and keeping up your morale with fun activities is key to staying happy during lockdown - which is why we’re making it our mission to share 5 fun ideas a week for you to try at home. We’ll be creating a new article packed with new activities every Monday until lockdown is lifted so without further ado let’s dive in our sixth week of activities.
Fat Hippo are a fairly new addition to Nottingham but they’re quickly becoming one of city’s most popular venues for delicious, juicy burgers. The restaurant recently launched their brand new DIY Home Burger Kits and we think they look like a lot of fun. Each kit comes with everything you need to make your very own Hippo Burger, including the restaurants signature burger sauce! There is also a Vegan version available so there’s no need for anyone to miss out. Sound good? You can order yours directly from Fat Hippo Burger’s website here.
With the end of lockdown looking like it still may be a while away just yet, investing in your home makes a lot of sense right now. Throwing yourself into a project will not only be a fun use of your time but the end result will be something you can enjoy every day for years to come. This doesn’t have to be particularly expensive and creating a realistic budget will be a part of the process. Even re-arranging your furniture and adding a few decorative items can completely change the look of your room. If you’re in need of a little inspiration then it may be worth checking out the John Lewis Home Design Service. Their friendly team will help out with suggestions and advice that you may not have considered yourself. The service is free so it’s definitely worth a shot if you’re thinking of changing things up a bit around your home.
If “I’m just not much of a reader”, “I don’t really have time” or “I struggle to get into it” sounds like you then you’re missing out. It takes a little dedication and some hunting around for a genre that appeals to your interests but once you find it, there’s countless little worlds just waiting for you to escape in to. Not only is reading great for mental stimulation but when you find a book you really enjoy, there’s few things more relaxing than diving into a good read with your favourite wine, beer or hot drink to hand. Try to find a book that’s a part of a series, that way if you love it, there’s plenty more content waiting for you at the end. With many titles available around the £5 - £10 mark, reading is also a fairly inexpensive pass time to keep you entertained during lockdown. Waterstones, WHS Smith and Five Leaves Bookshop all have an impressive selection to choose from so have a shop around and get started.
With a massive surge in new breweries and unique beers over the last few years; there’s arguably never been a better time to be a beer fan. Sadly, pubs and bars must remain closed for now but that doesn’t mean you can’t sample some of the latest hoppy creations with your best friends. Try hosting your own beer tasting night by linking up with your fellow enthusiasts over Zoom. All you need to get started is a list of beers you’re all going to try and a laptop/tablet. Brew Cavern are well known for their variety of products and dedication to showcasing new beers so have a browse around their website if you’re thinking of giving this activity a go. Try secretly scoring each beer as you progress through the evening and then sharing your results at the end to see if there are any clear favourites in the group.
From potatoes to strawberries and rhubarb; March is just around the corner and it’s a good month for planting your own vegetables and fruit. With plenty of starter kits available, you won’t need a green thumb to succeed at this. Wilko have over 20 different kits, seeds and growing accessories listed on their website right now and they’re all under £15. Not only will this activity give you a fun project to focus on in lockdown but nothing compares to cooking with fresh food you’ve grown in your own back garden. Go ahead and give it a go.
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