Lockdown activities for all ages

Download ebooks from BorrowBox

Download BorrowBox app such as to your tablet, PC, or smartphone. You will also be asked to set up a free Adobe account to access this service if you are reading books on your PC.

How to get started

This service is very easy to use:

  1. Install the app on your device from your app store.

  2. Open the app.

  3. Select Isle of Wight Libraries as your library service

  4. Enter your library card number and PIN when requested. (please contact the library if you need a library card or PIN)

  5. Select your books

If you are using a Kindle Fire you will need to follow the instructions available on the BorrowBox website by clicking here, then follow the simple instructions above.

Click here for more information on The Isle of Wight Council's Library Services.

Orchard Toys have produced lots of activities for kids on their website, all downloads are free.

Click here for the many free pages.

Read aloud groups - A trained Reader Leader reads a novel, short story or poem aloud to the group which the group then discuss. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak. https://www.thereader.org.uk/what-we-do/shared-reading

Many musicians are streaming concerts via the internet but it may be possible to play live music to people over a conference call so that those without internet access can participate. Live Music Now https://www.livemusicnow.org.uk/wellbeing

Listen to Classic fm live here https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/live-streamed-classical-music-concerts-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR14fCjMXF9N1LKWR5keqoue7thfj6zY-0UGl4k_bNYjk818j4hBQfAgHQo

Craft challenges - Pinterest is full of 28 day challenges for drawing and crafts etc. The site requires you to set up a free account before viewing content: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/99431104264585520/?d=t&mt=login

A range of exercise routines for older adults are available on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQLzNf8VOIc

Virtual museum tours and discussions- 145 institutions offering virtual tours, clicking on the image moves you around the space. Includes art galleries and museums. Arts and culture tours https://artsandculture.google.com/search?q=tour

Online choir –Group singing facilitated via Skype https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/news/a31729991/online-choir-forms-during-coronavirus/

Silver Circles are facilitated group phone calls where people with shared interests can discuss topics that interest them with a wider small group of 6 to 8 people. Calls are free for people taking part, as costs are covered by The Silver Line. https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/what-we-do

Niton Smugglers Trail

Before the Covid-19 crisis Niton and Whitwell Parish Council were finalising a walking trail of the many historic smugglers dens in and around Niton. Click the above link for the smugglers trail details and be sure to walk the trail as soon as the lockdown is lifted. There will be guided walks starting and finishing at the White Lion. More details to follow...


Independent Arts are working to help those self-isolating by holding virtual Anxiety Café sessions via Zoom, as well as planning to host virtual SingAbout sessions and virtual DanceMaker sessions very soon.

Click here for more information

15 FREE ways to relax & feel good, incl meditation apps, virtual yoga classes, uplifting podcasts. We know it's a stressful and unsettling time for many, so see MSE Becky's tips to look after yourself at no cost - many of which she's tried herself.

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