5 fun things to do at home in lockdown

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 eighth week of activities.

Celebrate St, Patrick’s Day

The bars and pubs may be closed this St. Patrick’s Day but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tasty pint of Guinness with some of your nearest a dearest. Buy in a few drinks ahead of the day and pencil in a zoom call - Just because you can’t physically meet up doesn’t mean you can’t catch up and have a great night in! As well as the obligatory Guinness, why not pick up something a little special for the occasion? Brew Cavern and Six Barrel Draft House (Hockley) have a great selection of takeaway craft beers available if you want to take a peek. Just be sure to take it easy! We wouldn’t want you to wake up with a headache. 

Watch Nottingham Castle’s ‘Nottingham’s in Your Face’ Project: 

In case you missed it, a couple of weeks back, Nottingham Castle filmed their incredible ‘Nottingham’s in Your Face Project, and it’s truly a sight to behold. Just shy of 13 minutes in length, the video shows Nottingham castle beautifully illuminated with a rainbow and colours and the faces of some of Nottingham’s amazing essential workers, campaigners and creative talents. You can watch the full display below. 

Take a peek at some of our previous Fun Things to Do In Lockdown blogs

Believe it or not, at the time of writing, we’re currently on our 8th edition of this series! With 5 new activities to try in each blog, there’s a lot of fun ideas for you to check out. We’ve listed each article for you below so go ahead and dive in! 

Week 1 

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4 

Week 5 

Week 6 

Week 7


Explore the Nottingham City Libraries website: 

Libraries are far more than just a place to read nowadays and are home to an abundance of free activities; many of which are available to enjoy via their website. From virtual language cafes to fun shows for tots and free e-books; there’s a lot to get your teeth into. Just a quick heads for you that you’ll need to become a member to take advantage of all of these services, but there process is fairly simple and doesn’t take particularly long. You can take a peek at what’s available right here. 


Play games with friends on Facebook Messenger

With lockdown still firmly in place, it’s important to find fun ways of staying in touch. One such way is via the free games available to play on Facebook Messenger. If you weren’t aware of this feature then you’ve probably been missing out for a while! There’s a fairly impressive selection of games to choose from so even if you become bored of one, you can simply try out another. We’ve listed a few of the options below for you. To get started, simply open the game up in the Messenger App and send your friend a request to place. 

  • Words With Friends
  • Pac-Man
  • Space Invaders
  • 8-Ball Pool
  • Snake
  • Batman's Bat Climb
  • Cooking Mama
  • EverWing
  • Solitaire
  • Blackjack
  • Gin Rummy
  • Sudoku


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