It’s really important that we all spend as much time as possible at home to keep ourselves and others safe during the COVID pandemic. However, there's no getting past the fact that it can get a little ... boring. But not to fear as there are lots of fun things that you can do within your four walls to keep you busy, boost your morale and have a positive impact on your mental health. 

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Get lost in a literary world 

Travel mythical lands, be transported to times-gone-by or to a futuristic world, and expand your mind – all from the comfort of your home! City Central Library might be closed for browsing BUT you can borrow books using their Click, Call and Collect service. Give them a call and let them know what titles you’d like to pore over, or let them know what genres you like, and they’ll pick the books out for you to come and collect safely at your convenience. Additionally if you don’t want to venture out at all, you can download free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to enjoy. Learn more here.

Baking: A tasteful hobby

More banana breads were baked in 2020, than in the history of the world prior to lockdown… probably. It became the most-searched recipe on the BBC Food website, while 45,000 new photos of banana bread popped up on Instagram in April alone. But baking is great pick-me-up, appealing to all five of the senses which in turn increases feel-good endorphins. It has therapeutic value – not to mention the amazing cakes, breads and bakes that result from it!
When you’re doing your next essential shop at Tesco, Sainsburys, The Food Warehouse, Marks and Spencer, Iceland or B&M, pop some baking essentials into your trolley – like eggs, milk, butter, flour, baking powder – and see what delectable desserts you can whip up during lockdown.

Get old-school and crack out the board games*

Board games are a real boredom buster and a great way to spend quality time with the family. There’s tons of choice out there, from the classic Monopoly (did you know there’s a Stoke-on-Trent version?!) and Trivial Pursuit, to The Logo Game and Frustration. Check out The Works or WH Smith which both stock a number of board games and offer delivery.

*Stoke-on-Trent City Centre BID is not responsible for any arguments and family feuds resulting from this recommendation. 




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