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Groundhog Day: Ideas To Shake Up Your Daily Routine Creatively

2 Feb 2021

Feeling like lockdown is becoming Groundhog Day over and over again?

Here’s a few ideas to shake up your daily routine creatively:

🍲Food & Film🎬 Night

Organise a Movie Night with a film and food theme, here’s a few ideas:

Groundhog Day and Blueberry Pancakes
Mamma Mia and Moussaka
Pulp Fiction and Big Kahuna Burgers with Milkshakes
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Goodfellas with Spaghetti and Meatballs
Ponyo and Ramen
Jiro Dreams of Sushi and you guessed it, Sushi!

Or just make a big bowl of popcorn, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy!

🍷Interval Drinks🍷

We are missing interval drinks where we would huddle and discuss the show and catch up. Hit pause on lockdown boredom and organise a virtual interval drinks session with friends where you can make up your own drinks around a show or movie theme to be discussed – Great Gatsby Gimlet anyone? 🍸


📚 Online Play Readings 📚

From 11 February, Gulbenkian’s Creative Engagement team will bring a new play to life virtually with a new group of people weekly. Join just for one (or more sessions) and jump into parts, unearth plays you love and meet new people.  Book Online Play Readings now.


🕺💃🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️😅 Get Moving 😅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️💃🕺

Do an online exercise class or challenge yourself to do Couch to 5K using the App (we recommend Sarah Millican as your motivator).

University of Kent Sports have set up a Stay Well @ Home with a number of classes available to do at home for free available to access through their Vimeo page.

Our friends Motionhouse have also released a number of fantastic exercise classes for children, adult beginners to professionals and for over 60s on #TogetherInIsolation Youtube Playlist.


🎚️ DJ the Night Away 🎚️

Tackle organising your Spotify playlists for all the parties you’ll be having when lockdown ends!  Rediscover amazing songs that you many have forgotten, make a guilty pleasures playlist for when you need to lift your spirits and discover new favourites along the way.  🎶 Check out our Gulbenkian Playlists on Spotify to discover some of our favourite artists.


🎧🎙️ Put on a Podcast 🎙️🎧 

Podcasts seem to have exploded over the last year and there are many to choose from so indulge in an interest or keep up to date with the latest news.  Here are some of our favourites: Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, Off Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble, Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything and David Tennant With…



Singing has been shown to improve wellbeing, helping to lower stress, boost immunity and lung function, enhance memory and improve mental health.  Join a virtual choir, organise a karaoke party with friends or family, do a TikTok duet (check out #BridgertonMusical) or just pop on your favourite tunes and belt out a number in the shower!


📖Take Time To Read📖

When was the last time you read a book, like an actual book – cover to cover?  If you struggle to find the time to pick up a book BBC Sounds has a number of audiobooks released episodically, or try Libby – the app for your local library.  If you have a library card then you can sign up and gain access to a wealth of e-books and audiobooks for free.


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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