Set out below are just some of the organisations offering free access(or limited free trials) to their resources. 

Where free trials are offered we have tried to avoid any that demand your card details up front before the trial so you should be able to leave at the end of the trial period without any further commitment but please read the details before signing up


The BBC is releasing a lot more ‘Box Sets’ for those who like to binge watch.Some examples, Luther, Silent Witness, Fleabag, Line of Duty etc. To see them all scroll down to ‘Binge-Worthy Series’

Will also be available on your smart TV


Access to million of books in the USA Library System.  You need to sign up but it is free at the moment. This facility may be removed at any time once the crisis is over

 Amazon are making many audible books free to stream – you cannot download them but you can listen to them on your PC,ipad, phone etc. Many of them are children’s books but there literary classics and books read in other languages if you want to practice your French/German/Spanish etc

Gutenberg Collection 

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

Scribd .

A vast collection of books and audiobooks on limited free trial


The National Theatre is presenting a new show each week starting on the Thursday and lasting one week

9 July, The Deep Blue Sea starring Helen McCrory will be presented, while the following week on 16 July the final production will be Amadeus, with Lucian Msamati playing Antonio Salieri.

Broadway Musicals from the Lincoln Centre

#LincolnCenterAtHome enables you and your family to keep the performing arts front and center. Tune in daily for creative workshops and world-class performances!

Free productions from the Globe Theatre

Bristol Old Vic


See their site for details

Cirque du Soleil

The world-famous troupe is showing the most impressive moments from its larger-than-life shows

The Old Vic

Offering a selection of free streams

Chipping Norton Theatre

The Contagion Cabaret. Join the cast of actors, scientists and literary researchers for a witty, moving and entertaining take on the pandemic crisis of the moment

Music, Opera, Ballet

Sadlers Wells Ballet offering performances and workshops

Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage

Sadler’s Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances, films and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance, wherever you are in the world while our live stages are dark.

 Royal Opera House offering both ballet and opera performances

London Philharmonic Orchestra program of concerts

Glyndebourne Opera

Can’t go to Glyndebourne? Well, let Glyndebourne come to you! A new opera released free to stream for a week every Sunday at 5pm


US Metropolitan Opera – streaming productions

Opera North

Lots of delights on their YouTube channel, from short orchestral jollies to full-on Wagner.

Glastonbury Festival Online

Camp out in the sitting room and enjoy some spectacular Glasto highlights. Later this month, BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC iPlayer will show classic Glastonbury performances in full from some of the biggest artists in the history of the festival, including Adele (2016), Beyoncé (2011), David Bowie (2000), which will be the first time that performance has ever been broadcast in full on television, Coldplay (2016) and Jay-Z (2008). There will also be a pop-up BBC Glastonbury channel.

Museums/Art Galleries

The British Museum gives an interactive tour of the world’s museums

Three virtual tours of the National Gallery

Virtual Tour of the Guildhall Gallery

Tate Britain Tour


For the more energetic here are a selection of walks in the area that you can download.