Cool Events Column: Stay at home entertainment

Ex-BBC entertainment writer Sarah Bygrave has some great ideas for you to stay busy whilst you’re at home, ranging from masterclasses to social media accounts.

What a difference a month makes. At a time where we are all having to #stayhome to stay safe, we need to get creative, entertain ourselves and host our own mini events.

Never fear, I still have some great things you can do this month! Here are my top picks and suggestions for May/June.

Most of us are familiar with Zoom, Houseparty and Skype calls to keep in touch with friends and family. If you are getting bored with all the pub quizzes and catch-ups why not mix it up and use it to learn a new skill?

Ask around your friends to see if they want to run any masterclasses to share their skills – it could be a cookery lesson, teaching a dance routine or even running a virtual book club.

We are likely to be using these virtual ways of keeping in touch for a while so it’s time to start thinking outside the box!

If you are finding that you are getting bored with looking at Instagram then I have a few suggestions of brilliant accounts to follow.

@natgeo is the home of National Geographic and has loads of interesting photos and videos from all around the world – giving you a sense of travel from the comfort of your own home.

Rosie Ramsay @rosemarinoramsey is the wife of comedian Chris Ramsey and is an entertainer in her own right. She updates her stories daily with funny, honest and feel good posts – well worth a follow!

Finally if you are starting to flex your cookery muscles then follow @healthynaughtybakes for simple recipes and amazing food inspo.

Lots of celebs are going ‘live’ on Facebook and Instagram to bring events direct to your living room.

Rochelle and Marvin Humes are running virtual house parties on Friday nights, Daisy May Cooper from the BBC3 show ‘This Country’ is running script writing classes on her account and every now and again musicians surprise us all and do an unscheduled gig on their channel – so keep your eyes peeled!

Stay safe everyone and remember to wash your hands!

If you are running or hosting an event and want to get in touch, you can email

This feature was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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