In a terrible twist of fate, the bank holiday weekends just keep on coming… and we’re all stuck at home! Thanks to lockdown, we’ll all be waving goodbye to those treasured long weekend trips, days out dancing with friends and long Sunday roasts alfresco with the whole family. But just because we’re quarantined inside, doesn’t mean you can’t make the most out of the 3-day break! We’re here to help put that smile back on your face, with eight awesome ways to make sure your locked down bank holiday goes off in style…
Get Partying with Your Iso Gang
Just because the bank holiday is on lockdown, doesn’t mean all fun plans need to be cancelled! We could all do with a little excitement right now, so it’s time to get creative to bring your favourite night out, in. Rally your isolation crew and throw a Mexican fiesta for your housemates, go all out by planning a luxe date night for your partner or get the whole family dolled up for a 90’s themed party with homemade cocktails from the house bar! Living on your own? Call in the gang for a special bank holiday zoom quiz instead!
Set Yourself a Challenge
With a whole lot of time on your hands and no work to get done, it’s time to enjoy some fresh air and put your fitness to the test! Use up any extra energy and make up for that cancelled half marathon race by running one solo or head off for an epic 50-mile bike ride – just get up early to beat the crowds all out getting their #oneaday! Head home exhausted, ready to refuel with a big stack of pancakes and spend the rest of the day with your feet up!
We’re all spending a whole lot of time at home these days, so it’s time to make it into the cosy sanctuary that you’d never want to leave anyway! Always fancied painting your bedroom (with your landlord’s permission of course!), hanging up a gallery wall or creating the ultimate plant-filled, super-zen bathroom space? Get to work this weekend so you can sit back and reap the rewards of your hard work; being stuck inside will have never felt so good…
Cook up a Storm
Long weekends are all about good food and good company. So, if you’re feeling sad to be missing out on those big bank holiday gatherings with your family and friends, try to recreate the occasion at home with a big feast to satisfy your soul. Always wanted to try making your own pasta or tackle the challenge of cooking a full Sunday roast? Go on, push yourself out of your comfort zone!
Get Your Bake On
After all, what would a bank holiday feast be without dessert? Finish off that roast with a steaming bowl of apple crumble or indulge your sweet tooth with a tray of super gooey chocolate brownies. After all, if you’re going to be at home all weekend, it might as well be full of delicious treats!
Tune into the Theatre
Bored of scrolling Netflix? Thanks to The National Theatre, you can now have a night watching the stage from the comfort of your own living room! Every Thursday night during lockdown, they’ll be screening some of its most popular productions for free, which will then be available on demand for seven days. Give yourself a spook with Frankenstein, staring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, until the 8th May, or tune into the classic story of fated lovers Antony & Cleopatra from the 7th – 14th May.
Host A Games Night
Previously reserved for desperate attempts to keep your family entertained during those strange days in between Christmas & New Year, thanks to lockdown games nights are having a revival! Dig out a pack of cards or blow the cobwebs off that monopoly board. Want to up the stakes? Organise a virtual poker night with all your mates – just don’t blame us if you lose the big bucks!
Have a Day At the Spa
If you’re feeling a bit out of sorts, it’s time to give yourself some lovin’ at the spa… the home spa that is! Take self-care to the next level by taking a long soak in the bath, before getting in your dressing gown, sipping on a beauty-boosting blood orange mocktail and lathering on a face mask. You can even book in for a virtual hair cut or dye so that a pro stylist or barber can walk you through your at-home transformation!