Hello Everyone,


We hope that you are still managing to stay happy, healthy and occupied as we move through another week of Lockdown.

Over the last week we have been gathering more ‘At Home Activities’ for you and your families to get involved with so you can be #CreActiveAtHome. This list covers art, sport and music – so the range of options are varied.


Stay Safe!


  1. Getting Active

Active Essex

Active Essex has launched a YouTube Channel to help you get fit from home and there's a workout for everyone. Whether you're getting back into exercise or setting new fitness targets, they've got the variety. Try seated aerobics, get the family involved with children's classes, or brush up on netball skills with an England Netball trainer. Check out the full schedule on the Active Essex website, which is updated every Sunday.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6884snA6rAX34ohUayf7gA?

Website: https://www.activeessex.org/keep-essex-active-youtube/?utm_source=your%20essex&utm_medium=may%20edition&utm_campaign=Active%20Essex

NHS Gym-Free Workout

Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels. These illustrated guides are designed to help make your workouts effective and easy to follow. Created with busy people in mind, these routines from fitness expert Neila Rey can be done anywhere, at any time. Many of these routines count towards your recommended 150 minutes of exercise too.

Link: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts/

This Girl Can

A range of simple enough at-home exercises and relatable stories from many different women online. See what they have in store for you.

Link: https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/activities/home-exercise/

The Premier League

Premier League teams are using their expertise in fitness and putting together exercise videos to help keep us active. As the coronavirus outbreak forces football fans across the world to become socially isolated, clubs are sharing advice on how to keep your mind and body healthy from the comfort of your own home.

Find your team’s specific exercises here: https://www.premierleague.com/news/1647476

Everyone Active

Missing your favourite class or group fitness instructor? Why not follow their live and pre-recorded classes featured on their social media channels? From Bodycombat to Pilates, there’s no need to miss your weekly fix. Follow Everyone Active on Facebook and subscribe to their YouTube channel to make sure you never miss out on free classes.

Facebook: @everyoneactive
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/everyoneactive

London Youth Games Quiz

Back by popular demand! Come and test your knowledge by taking us on in the London Youth Games Quiz. Thursday 14th May at 1pm.

Link: https://myquiz.org/I/277368


  1. Getting Creative

Havering Arts At Home

Havering Council's Arts Development team and Fairkytes Arts Centre have created lots of videos for you to follow at home. So far your choices are:

  • Learn to juggle
  • Beginners clay craft
  • Portrait drawing tips and techniques
  • An introduction to macramé
  • Make your own bunny hat
  • Make your own pop up card
  • Make your own unicorn clay hanger

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFSngA58KjA5WtH5FZ1j3Gg
For further information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fairkytes Arts Centre

This is a community arts centre (currently closed) in the heart of Hornchurch offering a wide range of activities for adults and children, rooms for hire, a large number of clubs and societies, and occasional events and demonstrations. You can keep informed about events and activities by following them online.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FairkytesArtsCentre
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairkytesarts


Para Arts Exhibition

Later in the year, Havering Arts Development team will be hosting the third Para Arts Exhibition. This exhibition is open to all local SEND artists. All ages are welcome to take part. Each artist can contribute a maximum of two pieces of art work. Perhaps now might be the perfect time to start working on your submissions. We are able to accept online submissions only at this time, so if you would like to enter your work now, please email a picture of just the art work, which should ideally be 1MB or larger in size to make for a good quality print out. Please include the artists name and age in the email. We will then print out the image and install it in the exhibition later in the year.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01708 434135


Havering Voice

*Calling all local singers* This is your chance to be the Havering Voice of the Year, 2020. Registrations are now open for our annual singing competition. The venue for this competition is Fairkytes Arts Centre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX

To register or for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01708 434135


Rainbow Art

Can you create a piece of art that shows support for your community and will help people stay positive and smiling through this challenging time? Create anything from a beautiful landscape to a graphic design, perhaps including positive words and put it in your window for others to see. When it’s up in your window take a photo so that we can share your creations online.

Email your art to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Let’s Waste Less

The Havering Council Arts Development Team, Waste Team and Havering Libraries have been working together and now challenge you to create a piece of art from something that you might have previously thrown away. Some examples include a picture out of milk bottle tops, a train with carriages made from empty toilet roll centres, a collage of old magazines/newspapers, or a sculpture made from cereal packets - just to name a few. If you want to get involved please email a photograph (ideally at least 1MB in size) of the finished masterpiece to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the artists name and age.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01708 434135

Last Band Standing

Fairkytes Live Last Band Standing at Home invites every household in Havering to form a band and record a video of your group performing a song live. Open to all ages and abilities. The closing date is Friday 22 May (videos can be posted by WeTransfer or DropBox).

For information and entry criteria please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Towngate Stories

The Towngate are delighted to bring you stories online for the very first time. Their lovely Education & Outreach Leader Hayley will take you and your little ones on a magical adventure whilst they are closed to the public.

Link: https://towngatetheatre.co.uk/towngate-stories/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=


Short Play Submission Sundays, Greenwich Theatre

Are you a budding writer with the thirst for creativity? Every Sunday the Greenwich Theatre will set a theme for a piece of short writing to be submitted by the following Sunday. Their top picks will have the opportunity to be performed once the theatre is reopened in a sharing event or even an online table reading. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the chance of a performance for the Greenwich Theatre community.

Link: https://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/events/greenwich-connects

Gareth Malone and The Great British Home Chorus

This is to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to an ambitious digital music project, conceived in the light of many closures to communal rehearsal spaces nationwide. To get involved follow the link below and they will contact you by email with all the information you need.

Link: https://decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GreatBritishHomeChorusISSbackingtracks140420&utm_content=UMGUK19628-717332&vvsa_consumer_id=33954584&vvsa_tracking=_vvsa_NjM07o4C339016


Queens Theatre, Hornchurch - Seated Dance Workshops

Tuesdays at 11am.
Each session goes live on the Queens Theatres Facebook page at 11am on a Tuesday, and will be available to catch up through their Facebook and YouTube channels for the rest of that week.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZktkdMge68<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZktkdMge68>


Queens Theatre, Hornchurch - Musical Theatre Sing-A-Long

Thursdays at 11am.
Local musician and Musical Director Andrew Linham invites you to join him for a sing-a-long every Thursday at 11am. Warm up those vocal chords and learn a classic musical theatre number each week.

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T5hasOBybM<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T5hasOBybM>

Facebook: www.facebook.com/QueensTheatreH<http://www.facebook.com/QueensTheatreH>

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/queenstheatrehornchu<http://www.youtube.com/user/queenstheatrehornchu>


Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things Competition

Use the time at home to create your own Beaton inspired portraits and enter the National Portrait Galleries photography competition. The deadline for submissions is Midday Monday 18 May 2020.

Find out more here: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/cecil-beaton-bright-young-things/exhibition?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LMMKTWhat'sOnApril2020&utm_content=version_A&promo=6098

*When you follow the link, please scroll down the page to find information about the competition. Please read all terms and conditions before taking part*


3Foot People Festival, at home activity pack…

Help bring a little bit of 3foot magic to your stay at home adventure. The team behind this festival have put together a free downloadable activity pack. Each activity represents one of the festival's fantastic zones, offering something to entertain all our little festival goers.

Link: https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/leisure-theatres-and-museums/festivals-and-special-events/3foot-people-festival/3foot-activity-pack/

‘Deafinitely’ Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe

Deafinitely Theatre created a new interpretation of Shakespeare's comedy, accessible to theatregoers of all backgrounds. This is the first time this has been attempted with a full Shakespeare play.

Link: https://www.deafinitelytheatre.co.uk/deafinitely-digital-loves-labours-lost?utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=95a98d8088-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_5_25_2018_20_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_087289d63a-95a98d8088-303994261


Performance Live on BBC iPlayer

The BBC are showcasing a spectrum of some of the most exciting artists working in performance today. Please check the age rating of each performance before watching.

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b094rfj6/performance-live


English National Ballet

The English National Ballet is inviting audiences to join them for Wednesday Watch Parties, featuring full-length recordings of their performances.

Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EnglishNationalBallet/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARBHT8lX8cJ6y2V1barAKmvyfOlOiSWYGvXP0iN0jMyIVoOo8wEGdXigH2sXEBnn-0WX48-SEFJJyhOH

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDpj62qcW0k


Royal Albert At Home

This sees artists sharing their work from their homes to yours. Browse their free streaming programme. There are many more acts still to be announced – all sessions will be added to their website.

Link: https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/royal-albert-home/?utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=1ad48e63d0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_5_25_2018_20_58_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_087289d63a-1ad48e63d0-303994261

Virtual Culture Programme 2020

From Monday 6 April, Waltham Forest will be running a varied, accessible and free programme for all our residents and friends across / outside of the borough to get involved with from home. They are working in partnership with William Morris Gallery to bring these events to you, and the programme is supported by Great Place and the #GreatPlaceScheme. 

Link: http://www.wfculture.co.uk/virtual?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term


Disney On Stage

Disney Theatrical Productions is offering free downloadable creative activities from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Frozen and Aladdin. From costume making and designing your own set model to creative writing and behind the scenes videos.

Find out more: https://disneyonstage.co.uk/education/?sc_src=email_1340260&sc_lid=81396721&sc_uid=ghd6F9LWGD&sc_llid=266912&sc_eh=632ee2a3339ed97d1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=emarsys&utm_campaign=2020-04-26+08%3A00%3A00-Sunday+News+ind+260420-


David Walliams' The Midnight Gang musical

This is available to stream online for free by Chichester Festival Theatre. The venue's musical adaptation of David Walliams' The Midnight Gang will be available from 30 April for 30 days.

Link: https://www.cft.org.uk/



Havering Colleges have launched a fantastic opportunity for school pupils in Years 7 to 11. Students are being asked to showcase someone who inspires or has made a positive impact on them in a creative way. They could choose to draw a picture, take a photograph or perform a song. All entries will be showcased at The Havering Museum for visitors to view and will be uploaded to the Havering Colleges website. Entrants will also be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes, with the overall winner bagging a £100 voucher with another £100 cash going towards their school. The closing date for entries is Thursday 14th May 2020.

Email entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with the entrant’s full name, year group and school.


Bedroom Superstar

Seetickets are passionate about bringing this nostalgia-inducing, boogie session back where, in the comfort of your own home, you can blast out the tunes, put your leg-warmers on and get on a sweat with these iconic music video dance routines. Please check the video content is suitable for those watching.

Link: https://blog.seetickets.com/2020/03/27/bedroom-superstar-music-video-dance-routines-you-must-try-at-home/


The Brookside Theatre, Romford

The team will continue to make a new show available on their YouTube Channel every Wednesday evening. You can follow them on social media via:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEemYaGEd_DFWnWAnxGlSbw?sub_confirmation=1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrooksideTheatre

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brooksideth

Instagram: https://twitter.com/brooksideth