During the Coronavirus pandemic events normally listed on the "What's On" page were cancelled or postponed.
In their place, here are a number of online educational and cultural resources in various categories that might be of interest or use. A whole new host of online oportunities have opened up in the last week or so. [suggestions for others are welcome]

Real world - getting out and about (if you can)

  • Arkendale & Coneythorpe have several lanes and footpaths in and around the villages, which give you scope for a range of walks and rambles (with or without your dog). Don't forget the Mar. Click this map for a 1:25,000 scale map of the area around Arkendale , showing local and nearby footpaths and bridleways.



  • Walks around Boroughbridge - See: www.boroughbridgewalks.org.uk

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue - Following the recent death of Tim Brooke-Taylor, those of you who enjoy ISIHAC will also hopefully enjoy this archive of past episodes of the radio series - See: www.bennewsam.co.uk/ISIHAC.shtml

  • Radio Echoes - home to a very wide selection of Old Time Radio shows - See: www.radioechoes.com

  • Wine tasting - those of you who are missing our wine tasting evenings, or just fancy finding out some more about wines, Joe Fattorini (one of the Wine Show hosts on TV) is presenting The Wine Show @ HOME as a series of YouTube videos. There are 12 videos available so far. See: www.youtube.com/channel/UCaMNyarD6X1o7_cszIG5VZg

  • Yoga - Sophie, who ran the yoga sessions in the Community Hall until we had to close, is now running sessions on a Zoom video link. You can mail her on sophiesigston@me.com or book onto www.goyogaharrogate.com where you can continue to practise yoga.

  • Happy Jays Nursery in Harrogate have posted various ideas to keep young children amused and engaged, including easy recipes and things to do on the daily exercise walk. See: www.facebook.com/happyjaysharrogate/

  • Ordnance SurveyIf you like colouring in books, the Ordnance Survey have some free PDF black & white maps you can download to print or use in your photo/paint software. There is an option for more maps if you sign up to their newsletter. See: getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/guides/free-maps-to-colour-in/

  • The National Garden Scheme website allows you to look at and enjoy 'virtual tours' and videos of beautiful gardens (including currently a short video of Alan Titchmarsh's). These will be running continuously with different gardens appearing each week. There is also the opportunity to donate via Just Giving to the Scheme which supports nursing charities (Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Queen's Nursing Institute etc). See: ngs.org.uk

  • Families North Yorkshire MagazineFor those of you with children (your own or others!) - the Families North Yorkshire Magazine is issuing the digital version of its April/May Lockdown issue 1 next week. To sign up to receive it, visit: digitalmagnorthyorkshire.familiesmag.co.uk/online. Their Facebook page also has a range of ideas and information - see: www.facebook.com/FamiliesNYMag/

  • The Walkingham Hill Benefice Facebook page has online services, readings and other material for those unable to worship or attend church in the usual manner. See: www.facebook.com/ParishesOfStaveleyCopgroveScottonFarnhamArkendale/

  • Keeping the Kids Entertained, from BBC Good Food - See: e.bbcgoodfood.com/q/17NXSdSjSfBSxKJubzHs1I/wv

  • Rainbows for the NHS - some local children have produced rainbows for the NHS and they are displayed in our phone box. You are invited to do likewise and show them in your windows - perhaps your youngsters (or the young at heart) can help with the drawing/painting. If you don't have a suitable window, or have an excess of drawings, I'm sure we could display some in the Community Hall windows - do let me know if that is the case.

  • North Yorkshire libraries are all closed at present, but their digital services are still available online - a treasure trove of stories, news, magazines and comics, reference works and educational resources. See: www.northyorks.gov.uk/you-follow-guidance-stay-home-see-what-our-online-library-offers

  • Leeds Film Festival gives information on new online film content, film shorts, 1000's of hidden gems from various international film studios and archives that are only a few clicks away and free of charge, and new developments in their Film at Home series. See: www.leedsfilm.com

  • Birdy Song - Those of you that are keen twitchers (ornithologists to the rest of us) or like opera, may enjoy this offering of what it could be like if the dawn chorus seriously got its act together! See: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMXD4h5w8D8

  • Cinema - If you are missing the Arkendale Cinema, the National Theatre Live is streaming 4 performances on Youtube starting with 'One Man Two Guvnors' - (synopsis below) as of last night until next Thursday, with subsequent releases at 7pm on the following three Thursdays of 'Jane Eyre', 'Treasure Island' & Twelfth Night. So if you have the ability to 'stream Youtube' to your TV (via smart TV, Sky Q, or using Chromecast, Now TV or a Roku stick/box) or on your PC monitor or tablet - even on your phone if you squint - you can watch them at your leisure. Just search National Theatre Live on https://www.youtube.com

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber - A selection of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals will be released weekly on the YouTube channel "The Shows Must Go On", starting on 3 April with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The 2000 version stars Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough and Joan Collins. It's followed by Jesus Christ Superstar on 10 April which, appropriately enough, is Good Friday. Tim Minchin and Melanie C star in the 2012 staging. Each show will be available free for 48 hours online. See: www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag/featured

  • The Swan - Birmingham Royal Ballet's new director Carlos Acosta has reworked The Dying Swan (originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for Anna Pavlova), and BRB principal dancer Céline Gittens will perform the piece from her living room to yours. Camille Saint-Saëns's Le Cygne, from Le Carnaval des Animaux, will be performed by pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais. Streamed on 8 April as part of the BBC's Culture in Quarantine. See: www.bbc.co.uk/arts

  • Royal Shakespeare Company - The RSC have 17 of their plays available via the Marquee TV performing arts streaming service (for which there is a 30-day free trial). Also six of their shows will be shown on the BBC between now and September, as part of their Culture in Quarantine initiative. See: www.rsc.org.uk/at-home-with-shakespeare