We usually have in the website a list of suggestions for local trips and trips to London, and also highlighting group news about their visits and planned activities. As the current crisis has severely curtailed these activities, we thought we would put together a guide to ‘things we can do while we are all self-isolating’ which members might find helpful.
If you have other ideas and suggestions for the next Newsletter, please let us know. They would be gratefully received!
Many of us are managing to get out regularly for short walks but some may find this difficult for a range of reasons. There are many simple exercises you can do indoors without special equipment. Currently, BBC radio 5 live sports extra is running a programme of physical activities for older people at – ‘10 Today’ – repeated from 5am – 9.45 am. You can catch up on how to do these simple 12 minute daily exercises on the BBC Radio website.
Youtube.com also has a number of 10, 20, 30 minute exercise routines for seniors, elderly, and older people.
Remember to consult your doctor first if you haven’t exercise in a while or you have any pre-existing conditions.
Take a walk and do some nature study
The March Knole U3A newsletter (and a recent Third Age Matters magazine) highlighted the benefits of getting close to the natural world in terms of enhancing our wellbeing.
We are fortunate that the area in which we live has extensive woodland and fine views with a good network of footpaths where you can go, to get up close to both flora and fauna. Also don’t forget to keep walking in your garden if you can’t go far.
Nothing lifts the spirits more than coming across a first Early Purple orchid plant at the edge of
your path, or a carpet of bluebells covering woodland floor in the distance. The sight of the first Orange Tip butterfly, or the Peacock or Yellow Brimstone butterflies in your garden brings a smile, – and listening to the spring bird song, which seems to be around all day at the moment with no competition from the noise of air or road traffic, is wonderful. There are lots of fine short walks around Sevenoaks, many not even requiring a car journey – see OS Explorer Map 147.
Take in a play
There are now a substantial number of plays, concerts and operas available to listen to and watch online. These have been made available by many of the world’s leading theatre and concert venues. UK ones include the National Theatre (live streaming every Thursday, at 7pm and available for one week, recently including the excellent ‘One Man Two Guvernors’) – see nationaltheatre.org.uk for more information.
The Globe Theatre is showing six plays over the next two months for free – see www.shakespearesglobe.com.
A number of other London Theatres are as streaming performances online.
Take in some opera, a musical production, concert or an exhibition
The Royal Opera House, Sadlers Wells and English National Ballet are showing performances on You Tube, as are the Bolshoi Theatre and other venues around the world.
For those who used to attend classical concerts the London Symphony Orchestra - lso.co.uk, and international concert venues such as the New York Metropolitan Opera– metopera.org, offer live stream broadcasts.
Most of our main Galleries and Museums have gone on line to provide virtual tours of some of their current exhibitions. Search on line for ‘virtual exhibitions museums’ and check out websites. Visits to The National Gallery, The British Museum, The V&A, The British Library and The National Gallery are possible.