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Free things to do this weekend

While we are all staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives our Communications team want to share with you some free activities that you can do without leaving the house. As it was World Book Night yesterday, we’ve gone with a bookish theme for free, fun things to do this weekend!

Pay a visit to your local, and not-so-local, library

Even though we can’t physically go to a library, it’s still possible to borrow books online. Our local libraries have a huge range of online audio books, children’s books, novels and non-fiction.

If you’re missing the architecture and calm libraries, have put together a list of the most impressive virtual library tours online – featuring the New York public library, Ottawa’s Library of Parliament and even Hogwarts!

Colour in your favourite characters

The Reading Agency has a great variety of activity packs, colouring pages and quizzes available to download for free. From Austen to The Wizard of Oz, there’s something available for book fans of all ages.

If you have your very own Matilda or George in your household, Puffin have produced a spring activity pack which features dress up ideas and creative prompts for fans of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Have your favourite celebrities read to you

Audible have made a selection of their content free, for both children and adults. How about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland read to you by Scarlett Johansson or Jane Eyre read by Thandie Newton?

BBC’s iPlayer also has some great stories on their Cbeebies bedtime series. With Tom Hardy, Jodie Whittaker and Romesh Ranganathan amongst others to choose from, books at bedtime have never been better!

On the topic of books, Telford & Wrekin Council have launched a fundraising appeal to purchase 200 Kindles, or similar devices, to be donated to care homes and the Women’s and Children’s Centre at the Princess Royal Hospital. You can read more about it here:

24th April 2020