Activities, learning, and fun for all ages now online

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Are you searching high and low for a box set you haven’t already streamed, or ways to keep your household entertained during the second lockdown? If you’re feeling stuck for ideas, look no further and check out the incredible virtual offerings across the council has for the coming month. Although access to libraries has been reduced and our leisure centres have had to close, there is plenty of online fun to be had for you and the whole family.

From book clubs and virtual knitting to drama clubs and poetry, there are many ways for adults to get involved and socialise online with your community during lockdown. We’ve also got special events over the month including online talks and lectures – there’s even one on how to find out how old your local pub or church is! Check out our list of events for adults here (opens new window)

If you’re wanting to extend your learning further, you can also get in touch with our Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES) by contacting communitylearning@waes.ac.uk . We offer a range of courses and workshops, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), digital courses, and family learning fun, as well as arts and creative programmes. While we’ve had to paused enrolment days that were planned for November because of lockdown, you can still get in touch with us any time to find out more and sign up for the course that suits you. Learn more about what’s on offer to you through Westminster Adult Education Service (opens new window).

For younger ones, Westminster libraries offer regular events every week like story time video, craft time, book clubs, and Lego challenges. There is also a huge offering of online resources available for children to help inform their learning or school projects. Sign up and learn more about online activities / events for children and young people (opens new window) to keep your little ones occupied over the winter.

We know that some of you prefer good old-fashioned reading, and might still be wanting to pick up a book anyway! Libraries are running ‘select and collect’ service, so you can choose your books over the phone or email or through the app and pick them up from the most suitable library. If you are isolating or vulnerable, our home library service is able to deliver books and other materials to vulnerable residents. Social distancing precautions will be followed by staff at all times, and any returned items will also be subject to a 72 hour quarantine period before they are loaned out again. Find out more about ‘select and collect’ or the Home Library Service (opens new window)

And last but by no means least, if getting off the couch and keeping more active is more your style, we’ve also got plenty available to you through Active Westminster. By using our interactive finder, you can also find perfect way for you to get moving. Visit Active Wesminster (opens new window) to see what activities are livestreamed for you to take part in. Classes include circuits, core, Afrobeats dance, Yoga, Pilates, and even Bootcamps!

For more information and to explore what Westminster Libraries and Active Westminster offer and more, check out: