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by Webmaster, 6th April 2020

Stay at home? Those three little words are probably beginning to grate. So here's some inspiration to help while away the hours

Government advice is clear. Stay at home. Yes, we are permitted one form of exercise per day. But making a whole day of it is not on. Sorry!

There's nothing to stop you planning ahead for when all this is over of course, so do check out our list of great ideas for days out in Wales and the Borders. In the meantime, here's stuff you can do at home to while away the hours.

If you're self-isolating or simply keeping your social distance and are looking for services or initiatives you can access from home, click here. Or for heartwarming stories about the heroes at work, click here.

BOOK AWARDS ON FILM: Shrewsbury Bookfest may have had to cancel their hugely anticipated awards ceremony for the Big Book Award 2020 at Theatre Severn. But they've produced a film version for everyone to watch instead. Click here for full story.


SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE: Here's a nice idea to try from the sanctuary of you front garden, if you're lucky enough to have one. Reader Steve Thomas from Dinas Powys has started a book swap on a car boot table on his drive. "It's already developed into swapping toys, DVDs and games, puzzles and plants," says Steve. "And it's allowed me to clear some unwanted items. The idea is people can take an item or swap for one of their own unwanted items. The table remains open all day for all to use which allows people to pick up some items and leave their own in return."


OPEN DAY: Moreton Hall school near Oswestry, Shropshire, is defying the lockdown and going ahead with it's spring open day. Online. Click here for the full story.


HAY HO: The Hay Festival may have been one of the high-profile casualties of the events calender, but you needn't miss out on all things bookish. Hay have announced a brand new Hay Podcast, featuring remixed conversations with the world's greatest writers and thinkers from their festivals around the world. A new podcast will be released each Thursday, with Stephen Fry and international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands kicking things off as they discuss Sands' family detective story East West Street. Click here to listen. Also, Hay have announced a free programme for schools with teaching notes for pupils and families who are isolated at home. Click here for more info.


FREEBIE MOVIES: Borderlines Film Festival brings the silver screen to our living rooms during the lockdown. Click here for full story.


HALF-PRICE BOOKS: Welsh book publisher Graffeg are offering discounted books for friends and family in need. Sitting down with a good book can offer the perfect escapism for many of us in isolation; it can transport us into another world and trigger our imaginations. Yet sadly with the coronavirus lockdown comes financial hardship, so buying a book could be a luxury many people may not be able to justify at the moment. Llanelli-based Graffeg, who publish illustrated books for adults and children, are stepping in with an offer of half-price books customers can buy online for a friend in need. By using the online code 'Helpyourneighbour' customers can purchase books for others or donate books to selected charities at a 50-percent discount with free delivery. Visit www.graffeg.com/help-your-neighbour for more information.


GARDEN DELIGHTS: Enjoy all that Tatton Park has to offer without getting in the car, via an ingenious new app. Click here for full story.


BREAKFAST BIRDWATCH: The RSPB is running a daily Breakfast Birdwatch between 8-9am weekdays. With RSPB nature reserves closed until further notice it is vital that nature can still be enjoyed by as many people as possible, and now you can do that online where a friendly, supportive and engaged community are able to share what they can see in their gardens, on their balconies, rooftops and spaces from their own homes. Click here for full story..


ART COMPETITION: If you are a promising artist and fancy using your spare time to enter an international art competition, now is your chance, as Waterfront Gallery at Milford Docks, Pembrokeshire, has extended the online closing date for entries to the Wales Contemporary/Cymru Gyfoes International Art Competition from 14th April to 1st September. The competition, which is being held in partnership with the Welsh Government, invites artists to submit work that is ‘Inspired by Wales’, such as ancient history, art history, landscape and contemporary culture. The winner will be awarded £4,000. Artists are invited to enter their submission online at walescontemporary.artopps.co.uk 


PAINTING MADE EASY: Not skilled enough yet? No problem. Cardiff Bay artist Rhiannon is inviting would-be artists to turn their hand to creating a colourful painting in 10 easy steps. “To cure the lockdown boredom I've created a simple step-by-step video that will help everyone get a bit more creative in this difficult time,” says Rhiannon, who has become famous for her scenic artwork with a modern twist. “I’d love to see children and adults attempt to create their very own magical painting. Use your imagination, be brave with colour and take your time.” To access the video, click here, or for more information about Rhiannon, visit; www.rhiannonart.co.uk


PLAN AHEAD: Many outdoor events in April, May and possibly June will inevitably have to be cancelled or postponed due to the lockdown, but some organisations are keen to promote dates which come later in the year. The Luna Cinema, which hosts outdoor movies in beautiful settings, such as stately homes, is still planning on going ahead with a fantastic summer of films. As the season runs until October, film fans will be able to enjoy dates once the lockdown has been lifted. Choose from over 150 outdoor screenings in prestigious sites all over the UK, including Weston Park and Cardiff Castle, where films such as Rocketman, Judy and 1917 will be aired. For more information visit: thelunacinema.com


READERS IN NEED: Here at Border Publishing we're offering to post free copies of our latest magazines to all those in the region in need of some mental stimulation. And we're asking you to let us know who they are and what you think they'd like to read. Click here for full story


If you've got a great idea for how to beat the boredom, share it with all our readers by emailing details to newsletter@borderpublishing.com


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