Get involved in something new – virtually!

As staying at home has become more of a habit now, you need to look for new and interesting things to keep you motivated and active. We’ve updated some of the links on this page so that you can mix it up with something different. Remember this is not an official list it’s just the result of our own research* some resources that can help you stay physically and mentally healthy.  We hope you find them useful.

Become a culture vulture

Take the time to virtually visit museums and galleries that have opened their doors via the power of the internet. Here are some of the virtual tours we’ve found:

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence
The National Gallery, London
The Louvre, Paris
The British Museum
NASA Langley Research Center
The British Library Digital Collections
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Spotlight on Van Gogh
Watch the Northern Lights live. The best times would be between 9.30pm to 1.00am

Immerse yourself in a good book

Not all audio or e-books cost money. Here are a few sites where you can read and listen to fiction and non-fiction for free.

You can get access to five free books per month.
The Open Library has thousands of e-books to read and audio books to listen to.
Bookboon is free for Higher Education students and has hundreds of textbooks covering a large range of subjects from Accounting to Languages.
Librivox has thousands of audio books for you to sit back and listen to.
If you’re a member of Barnsley Libraries you can access their digital books and audio files.

Have the best seat in the house

What could be better than watching a show or listening to a concert from your own armchair?

The Royal Opera House, London is offering a programme of free online concerts.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is broadcasting live concerts each evening called ‘The Quarantine Soirees’.
Listen online to the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Le Navet Bete’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ – The Full Show!

Cirque du Soleil (60 minute Special)

Andrew Lloyd Webber –  The Show Must Go On (Premiere’s every Friday at 7pm and is available for 48 hours)

IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) have 34 pages of Documentaries available for you to watch.

Learn something new

Now’s your chance to brush up on your existing knowledge, or learn something completely new!

Open University FREE online courses
Anyone can sign up and learn the basics of BSL sign language with Doncaster Deaf Sign.
Join Skillshare to watch, play, learn and discover.
Open Culture – free educational and cultural media.
Find out about the different creative roles in theatre.
Learn a new language with the BBC

Take part in an online community happening

This strange period that we’re going through has brought out the best in lots of people. Join together without compromising your isolation and take part in a community happening!

British choirmaster, composer and TV presenter, Gareth Malone, has launched an ‘at home’ digital choir to boost the nation’s morale during coronavirus self-isolation.
Sing with Rock Choir every day at 3.00pm

Get physical!

These exercises can all be done in our own home, without specialist equipment. Don’t forget that exercising your body is as important as exercising your mind.


This app allows you to create your own yoga and fitness exercises based on ability and preference. All you need is your Barnsley College email to sign up and gain free access until Wednesday 1 July.

For more information:

Fun, low impact workout for total beginners.
20 minute full body workout.
Yoga for complete beginners.

Of course nothing that we have suggested here is a substitute for dedicating yourself to your chosen College subject. Please take part in all your online lessons, contact your tutors and fellow students regularly and try to make the best of these strange times. Most importantly of all, stay safe and healthy and look out for each other.

*Please note, The College does not endorse any of these links, we’ve just brought a few interesting ones together in one place.

Last updated: 19th June 2020