This at-home isolation period is becoming the new norm, and it looks like it's not going to change anytime soon. I'm sure everyone is missing friends and family and being able to go out for cocktails on the weekend.
But fear not – the events and hospitality industry has been thinking outside the box to provide some fun-filled activities which can be brought direct to your front room!
Virtual wine tasting
Praise be to Elliot Awin and the team at Pull The Cork who are bringing wine tasting to your living room on a Saturday night! All you need to do is head to the Pull the Cork website to order their virtual wine tasting kit, set it up and sip along to their Instagram live stream.
Invite your friends to join you, and you can discuss your favourites, you can also bond over the shared hangover the next day. Remember when you said you were going to learn useful skills while you were in quarantine?
Jay Flynn’s Virtual Pub Quiz
Jay Flynn's virtual pub quiz has gone viral, it was meant to be for the locals in his pub in Darwen, but he accidentally set the Facebook event to public, and it has been an unbelievable hit. It's a brilliant quiz with varied questions for everyone to be able to enjoy, you can pit yourself against your friends or join up on zoom teams.
So far, the quiz has raised over £100k for the NHS, and the total is growing every week. His most recent quiz had 150,000 people join – can you reach the top of the leader board?
Let’s Day In
The fantastic team behind Let’s Day Out have started a new campaign aptly named Let's Day In. Choose from live cooking classes, art workshops, work out classes or a whole range of themed meetups.
You can enjoy them with friends, or make new friends with online catch ups with participant after each event. They are all free to enjoy, but users can donate to the World Health Organisation solidarity fund.
Live Gin Festival
With the beautiful weather we have been blessed with, I bet many of you couldn't think of anything better than sipping on a G&T at a sunny festival. And while that isn't a possibility, the Cotswolds Distillery is trying their best to bring a little cheer to your front room. Tune in on their Facebook page where they will be live-streaming a weekly gin festival from their garden with live music, cocktail recipes and more!
Online Karaoke Bar
The nation’s favourite karaoke bar, Lucky Voice, is offering up a free month subscription to their online karaoke service. Send your friends a special code and let them join in to sing along to Mariah, Sinatra, Britney – the choice is yours!
One of the craziest parties in the UK, Bongos Bingo is a wild shared social extravaganza. The team have moved in together to secure your fix of Bongo's fun, bringing you more bingo, more live challenges and 'dog racing' (yes, that's right) straight to your living room! A perfect evening of pure escapism.
Online Poker Tournament
If you enjoy a Saturday night playing games with your friends, then head online and try an online poker tournament. You can join private tables just with your friends and set the stake to be £1, so you don't have to worry about being a professional. You can all play while on Zoom so you can chat along and see who has the best poker face. Its BYOS though (bring your own snacks).