Eight ways to keep the lockdown boredom at bay in Leeds

With Leeds currently in lockdown, it’s fair to say boredom has well and truly set in for thousands of families across the city.
Eight ways to keep the lockdown boredom at bay in Leeds.Eight ways to keep the lockdown boredom at bay in Leeds.
Eight ways to keep the lockdown boredom at bay in Leeds.

In an effort to keep you from climbing the walls, we’ve come up with some fun and safe activities you can do to keep your brain busy.

Got to the movies with Leeds Film Player

While we can’t currently go to the movies, new streaming platform Leeds Film Player is hosting films from three film festivals: Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Young Film Festival, and the INDIs. The line-up changes regularly so you can still get your cinema fix at home. Visit: www.leedsfilm.com/playerREAD MORE: 12 pieces of Leeds street art guaranteed to brighten up your day .

Do a bit of historic window shopping

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Shopaholics are no doubt missing hitting the high street but Leeds City Museum is currently taking online visitors on a tour of some of the city’s most famous shopping hotspots and fabulous fashions. The Fast x Slow Fashion explores the evolution of retail and clothing over the past 300 years through a spectacular array of outfits, accessories and historic photos. Visit: museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/virtual-visit/fast-x-slow-fashion-online-exhibitionGet back to nature at Leeds parks

Attractions might be closed but you can still explore the great outdoors at some of Leeds’s beautiful parks and green spaces. The likes of Lotherton, Temple Newsam, Roundhay Park and Kirkstall Abbey are still open, with some stunning views to take in while you get some exercise.

Keep fit at home with an online fitness class

January is usually time to sign up for the gym but with leisure centres and fitness facilities closed, it’s tough to stay in shape. Active Leeds are running online classes with fitness instructors taking classes from socially distanced fitness studios or their own homes for you each week. Check out the timetable of classes at: active.leeds.gov.uk/healthy-at-home/be-active/adults/live-stream-timetableRelive some of the city’s biggest musical moments

We’re all missing being able to go to concerts and gigs right now but fortunately there’s still a chance to relive some of Leeds’s most iconic performances and venues. The Sounds of Our City exhibition explores the different venues associated with music in the city over the past 200 years and looks back at lots of amazing performances through memorabilia and


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There’s nothing like losing yourself in a good book. Fortunately most Leeds Libraries services are now online like reserving and borrowing books. They also host loads of online events and workshops including researching your family history. Visit: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryeventsTake a picture perfect tour of Leeds Art Gallery

A relaxing stroll round Leeds Art Gallery is always a welcome diversion. But even with the site closed, you can still take in some gorgeous work by contemporary artist Sara Barker.

Her All Clouds are Clocks, All Clocks are Clouds exhibition is available online, with work featuring a combination of industrial and sculptural materials together with collage, painting and craft techniques. Visit: museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/virtual-visit/sara-barker-all-clouds-are-clocks-all-clocks-are-clouds-online-exhibitionGet some inspiration with Leeds Inspired

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The team at Leeds Inspired work with arts and cultural organisations all across Leeds and they’re a one stop shop for all sort of fun activities and events.

Their website is regularly updated with hundreds of things to do safely or online including gigs, festivals, films, workshops, performances, pop-up galleries, events by Leeds artists and national tours from household names. Visit: www.leedsinspired.co.uk*************************

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