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Iceni Magazine | April 21, 2021

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3 Creative Ways to Spend Lockdown #3

3 Creative Ways to Spend Lockdown #3

The UK is back in lockdown, and it’s not our first rodeo.

So when it comes to staying entertained, we have to confess we’re running out of ideas this time round.

But all is not lost – if you don’t feel like re-watching Tiger King or bashing out even more banana bread, check out the these out-of-the-box ideas that will liven up your lockdown experience!

  1. Take up new hobby

This is something we all said we’d do during the first lockdown. In all honesty, most of us have a skill or activity we’ve put on the backburner for years (those of you who have an unplayed musical instrument gathering dust in the attic, we’re looking specifically at you).

Don’t feel bad, we all do it. But remember that learning new skills is not only a productive way to use your time (and an excuse to show off on Instagram), it can also be great for your mental health.

If you’re not sure what lockdown hobby is for you, start with something simple such as trying a new recipe (one that doesn’t involve bananas).

  1. Create your own excitement

It’s not a bad time in history to be locked down. Many of us are lucky enough to have just about every convenience at our fingertips, and everything we need to entertain us can be accessed instantly from our living rooms at just the touch of a button.

While we wouldn’t live without this triumph of tech, we have to admit it tends to stifle the imagination a touch. So disconnect for an afternoon and make your own fun.

If you have kids (or very childlike flatmates) you could host your own tea party or scavenger hunt. For those who want to see family and friends outside the household, but don’t want to subject them to another Zoom pub quiz, why not try a virtual escape room instead?

  1. Flex your DIY skills

Chances are you’ve already had your fill of interior design during lockdown one – odd jobs, loft clear-outs and tip runs galore.

But how much thought have you given to the exterior of your home?

Flex your imaginative prowess with a few external adjustments. Simple adornments like hanging baskets and decorative plaques give your home a charming, cosy appearance, whilst a lawn is the perfect space for some new plants and ornaments.

But if you feel like tackling a bigger project, why not go all out with a fresh rendering? This treatment gives your house a modern finish and will instantly revive any cracked or weathered looking exterior. Rendering experts Direct Building Products can advise on the best tools and techniques for the job.  

And if you feel like planning ahead, Christmas decorations might have come down, but it’s not too early to start thinking about how you’ll wow the neighbours next year!  

We hope these three tips keep you entertained during lockdown while you stay home and safe!

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