Just because we are staying at home doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to have fun. We’ve pulled together just some of the ways to keep yourselves entertained while staying in…


There’s lots of anecdotal and scientific evidence that exercise is incredibly important not only to your physical health, but to your mental wellbeing too.

Luckily, you don’t need to be able to go out of your house to a class or park to ensure you’re getting a good work out.

Now more than ever, you can find a wealth of fitness tutorials online and on apps. A lot of these are free, so you can set up a mini-gym in your living room without the cost.

We have also launched our Active Derby Together free health and wellbeing information service.

Each week we will provide new home workouts with your Derby Active class instructors, offer information from our Wellbeing Advisors on nutrition and home exercise and share information with you from our fitness industry partners.

But exercise isn’t just about health – it’s often a social activity, too. You could consider joining online classes where lots of individuals join in, or even just video call a friend or family member to exercise at the same time for motivation.

Home improvement

You could use this time to give your home a little boost. Perhaps give the living room that lick of paint it has been needing but you’ve not got around to. Consider colours which lift your mood – you can still order paint online.

It may not be the most exciting task in the world, but you could also do that spring clean the house has been crying out for. Get all the deep clean jobs that you’ve been saying you’ll do finished – it will make you feel far better about the environment you are in.

Got something that needs fixing round the house? Now’s the time. Within reason, of course, if it’s a difficult task, wait for a handyman!

Baking and cooking

If you have all the basic ingredients to hand, you could use your downtime to invest in baking, which comes with the reward of delicious treat at the end.

There are tonnes of recipes online, many of which include video tutorials showing you, step-by-step, how to bake sweet and savoury foods.

Get creative with cooking, too. Use what you have in your store cupboard to try out new recipes and spend time learning new skills in the kitchen. Chefs like Jack Monroe have great recipes for using up what you have in your cupboard, particularly on a budget.

If you have kids at home, get them involved – now is a great time to start showing them the basics in the kitchen. Be prepared for the mess, but at least you have more time at home to clear up…

Learn a language

It’s something we have probably all said at some point – we would love to learn another language. Lack of free time is usually the biggest obstacle for picking up new skills, so now is the perfect time to give it a go.

You don’t need to go to physical classes to learn – there are plenty of free online resources to help you learn the basics of a foreign language. Free language apps like DuoLingo are great for getting started as you can pick up a little at a time and go from there. If you have a partner living with you, why not try and learn together?