The North Will Rise Again – live-streamed festival

The North Will Rise Again is billed as “a live-streamed micro-festival” in aid of local venues and charities. The Lightning Seeds are headlining at the Liverpool stream on 27 March with The Charlatans headlining in Manchester on 28 March.

Live from the Barbican

Live from the Barbican A series of concerts running until April 12. A wide spread of events, ranging from Paul Weller backed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra to folk singer Shirley Collins, from Vivaldi to modern classical pieces by soloists or orchestras. livefr

Mischief Movie Night

Mischief Movie Night (from the Play that Goes Wrong team) continues its run of improvised movie madness. From 23 January -14 February.

Eddie Izzard – Still Running

Still Running (literally) Eddie Izzard continues a frantic January at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, with 31 (treadmill) marathons and 31 stand-up shows in aid of charity.

Thames Luminaries: 17th to 21st century – is Ham House Garden still a garden of contemporary ideas?

Thames Luminaries: Pleasure Garden to Parkland: The Changing Landscape of Orleans House

Thames Luminaries: Horace Walpole’s ‘enchanted little landscape’ at Strawberry Hill

Thames Luminaries: Chiswick House, William Kent, and the birth of the English Landscape Movement

Thames Luminaries: A painter’s garden: J.M.W. Turner and the grounds of Sandycombe Lodge

A Night in With: Tim peak, Mel Giedroyc and Stacey Dooley

A Night in With

Fane continues its “A Night in With” series with celebrities including astronaut Tim Peake, broadcaster Nicky Campbell and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Stacey Dooley. There’s also a selection of well-known authors, including Marian Keyes and Kate Mosse. fane.

Royal Opera House: ballet


Royal Opera House presents Marguerite and Armand, a Frederick Ashton ballet, set to Liszt’s Piano Sonata. Until 14 February. Tickets £2.50 The Royal Ballet All Star Gala (previously shown on BBC4 on Boxing Day) Available free on BBC iPlayer.

National Gallery: Artemisia

Join a filmed online curator’s tour of the blockbuster Artemisia exhibition at the National Gallery. It celebrates Artemisia Gentileschi, a ground breaking female artist of 17th century Europe. She was an international celebrity who worked for no less than six international courts, including that of Charles I. The Guardian’s art critic described it as “the most thrilling exhibition

Join an online choir

Join a local community choir

Watermans in Brentford is offering you the chance to improve your singing with Hounslow Community Choir. Sessions are weekly. Term officially started on 14 January, but Waterman’s says it’s not too late to join. Open to over 18s.  £42 for 10 sessions (term started last week). Email kasia@wat

Tinie Tempah

Rapper singer and composer Tinie Tempah is appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on 16 April to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album Disc-overy. It’s hoped it will be a hybrid socially-distanced event, if theatres have reopened, with streaming tickets also available.

Jo Brand – Stand Up With Women

Stand Up With Women

This livestream in support of ActionAid’s work on women’s rights is hosted by Jo Brand and features Shazia Mirza, Rosie Jones and Kelley Convey. Nigerian comedy star Lepacious Bose will also be doing a set. Tickets £10

Natural History Museum 

Experience the natural world through online events at the Natural History Museum. There is a huge dinosaur section, which includes lots of fun activities. There are 14 virtual tours you can take, including one of the famous Hintze Hall with Sir David Attenborough which features the skeleton

Nature and wildlife from Woodland Trust

If your youngster fancies themselves as a junior Chris Packham, there are lots of activities available on the Woodland Trust’s website; garden scavenger hunts, how to make your own bird feeder, and a free downloadable tree-identifying app to take out on your walks. Plus quizzes and indoor craft ideas. Details here:

Tate kids – Online art at home

Tate Kids offers activities ranging from learning about contemporary London artists to guided activities like using your body to make art, soap carving, or making a unicorn puppet from recycled materials. You can make a collage, learn how to paint like Turner, or draw creatures inspired by sounds. There’s even a personality quiz you can take to decide which famous artist should redecorate your r

Online lessons for budding actors


ArtsEd is offering weekend acting and musical theatre courses - the Saturday Skills Academy - for kids from aged 7 -16 +.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Southwark Playhouse

This new musical explores the world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers. Suitable for ages 8+ £15 +booking fee 26 February-14 March. Two hours running time; performances both matinee and evening.

Tales from Shakespeare

The RSC is offering former Children’s Laureate and War Horse author Michael Morpurgo’s retelling of Shakespeare’s plays in contemporary settings, read by RSC actors. Aimed at kids between the ages of 6 and 16. The RSC is also offering learning aids for older students. Running until mid-February, with one “tale” released per week. Tickets £5 per production, or £15 for a

Unicorn Theatre Company shows

The Unicorn Theatre Company has several productions for younger children, the first being Anansi the Spider. It’s an adaptation of classic West African and Caribbean tales about a trickster spider, filmed by the cast in their own homes. The three episodes come with free family activity packs for home learning.  Available on Unicorn’s YouTube Channel until 31 March.

Kipper’s Snowy Day – Watermans

Waterman’s Arts Centre Brentford is offering Kipper’s Snowy Day a puppet/musical stage production based on the popular Kipper Books by Mick Inkpen. Suitable for age 3+. Tickets £10. Online access until 31 January - watch as many times as you like. Book he

The Royal Albert Hall – VE day Concert

The Royal Albert has had to cancel its schedule until March. But its YouTube channel has a series of fundraising online concerts put together since the first lockdown to raise money for the iconic institution. They range from Katherine Jenkins singing to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day in the (empty) Hall to the Kaiser Chiefs, Sir Cliff Richard, K.T Tunstall and Richard Thompson doing home gig