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Keep yourself busy during lockdown 2.0

Published: Wednesday, 11 November 2020

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England has now entered a second lockdown. But being in lockdown again doesn't have to be boring. Its time to change up your routine and get the creativity flowing.

We have put together some ideas to help you escape the everyday and keep you entertained this winter.  

Upgrade your takeaway  

Let's face it; a takeaway satisfies our cravings. It saves us doing the cooking or washing up after another day spent working from home. Why not upgrade your takeaway this November and order from your favourite restaurant? Many local restaurants started doing food delivery or collection during the first lockdown in March and are continuing to offer takeaways services throughout November too.  

Looking for something new to try? Inspired by their family's heritage and love of food, Esmie's brings the essence and flavour of the Caribbean Islands to the heart of Coventry, and straight to your door. Esmie’s are now offering recipe boxes, so you can learn how to cook your favourite takeaway at home. Craving something sweet, Heavenly Desserts are now offering click and collect so you can experience delicious desserts from the comfort of your living room. Coventry BID has put together a list of individual restaurants that are offering take away services this November.  

Night in at the theatre  

Immerse yourself into Coventry's history this November with the Belgrade's online screening of their production of One Night in November. This film screening is from the last staging of the play, on the Belgrade's Main Stage in 2013, starring Charlotte Ritchie (Call the Midwife, Ghosts). Join The Belgrade as they revisit this classic wartime drama once again to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz. 

Get that festive feeling and celebrate Christmas with Jack and the Beanstalk online from 1 – 31 December. You only need to book once to be able to view this panto online whenever you like throughout December. Written by and starring Coventry's favourite Dame Iain Lauchlan, alongside Craig Hollingsworth, this seasonal screening is full of festive fun and magical mayhem. 

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping

Give that special someone a unique and personalised gift this Christmas. During the first lockdown, many of Coventry's independent shops set up online stores, making it easier for you to get stocking fillers, Christmas decorations and one of a kind gifts for the kids. Coventry Rocks have put together a list of small local businesses with online stores that you can support during the lockdown.  

FarGo Village is hosting The Winter Mini Market, the Vegan Festival and the Christmas Makers Market online. Spread out across different weekends in November and December; participants will be able to browse vendors stalls virtually, filled with lovingly handmade gifts, and an escape from the high street madness!  


Keep Coventry Moving is returning due to the national lockdown. This campaign will be a hub filled with tips and tricks to help keep Coventry's residents active during this second lockdown, highlighting advice, virtual activities, sporting resources and funding streams. You will find activities for all ages and abilities, both indoors and outdoors. Find the #KeepCoventryMoving campaign on Coventry Sport's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

You can still exercise outdoors during this lockdown period, so why not head to your local park and use the distance markers and mapped out routes? Coventry's parks offer the chance for a walk, which is good for health and mental wellbeing. You can help us keep them open by maintaining a 2-metre distance between yourself and others when you visit.  

Games night like never before  

Shake up your games night with Escape Live online experiences. Bring the thrill, fun and excitement of an escape room to your home or workplace. Break out of a prison cell previously occupied by Terrence Swift, or become a new member of the Peaky blinders and help Tommy destroy any incriminating evidence. These online games work with Zoom so that you can play with your friends and family outside your household.  

Explore the history of your city and engage with local museum content 

#MuseumFromHome shares some stunning and straightforward craft activities with you to keep the children entertained creatively. The ideas will always aim to use items you are likely to have at home, and where possible using resources from your recycling bin. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Blitz's, Coventry Transport Museum, and Lunt Roman Fort all take part in this brilliant initiative.  

Join the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and the Coventry Transport Museum, as they look at the memories, art, objects and photographs from that fateful night in November. Remembering Coventry Blitz online video will premiere on the 14 November 2020 and will be available to watch until 21 November. Parts of the video was filmed in Herbert's Peace and Reconciliation gallery. The gallery features key objects and artworks from the museum's collection, including John Piper's iconic painting of the ruins of Coventry Cathedral on the morning after the Blitz. There are also many fascinating personal stories of the Coventry Blitz and experiences of conflict in other parts of the world. Together they tell this poignant and unique part of Coventry's history. 

Continuing the Coventry Blitz theme, Coventry Lord Mayor's Committee for Peace and Reconciliation has created a video commemorating the events that took place 85 years ago. You will hear the words of the men, women and children who lived through those times and see images that will bring those words to life. The world premiere will be shown online at 8 pm on 14 November.   

There is so much to see and do in Coventry that we haven’t listed here. Take a look to see what else the UK City of Culture 2021 has to offer.