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A guide to 2020 virtual summer events in the UK

With the technology being readily available to stream or upload new experiences for you to try online, there's an array of virtual events that you can take part in while being at home.

With a number of events deciding to transition into new virtual events this year as a way of adapting to the current pandemic, you can now attend some fantastic, immersive events from the comfort of your own sofa. This gives everyone the chance to experience something new and take part in events which they might have otherwise missed. Here's just a sample of the summer virtual events coming up soon which you can get involved with.

National Theatre at Home

Each week, National Theatre are uploading one of their renowned plays from the last few years for everyone to enjoy for one week only. So far, these has included star-studded productions such as Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbach and Johnny Lee Miller, alternating the roles of The Creature and Dr Frankenstein, and Anthony & Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo.

As each play is only available for seven days, it's a good idea to check out the National Theatre at Home website and keep an eye out for anything that appeals to you. Then, all you need to do is make a date in your diary to settle down on your sofa and immerse yourself in some world-class theatre.

Delia's Online Cooking School

For those wanting to get creative in the kitchen but want more structured lessons from an iconic chef, Delia Smith has online cooking classes you can stream directly into your home. All of Delia's online classes are free to access, taking you through classic dishes that are perfect for beginners up to more novel recipes like trying your hand at making homemade pasta.

Delia Online also covers a number of different cooking techniques which can be useful for any home chef. These include how to properly prepare vegetables, choosing the right oils for frying, and even how to store cakes in the freezer so you can save some slices for the future.

Live music in your living room

Music is something that can unify people at festivals and concert halls around the world, so missing out on live music can be a bit disheartening for some. Luckily, the Royal Albert Hall in London is putting on a show every so often as part of Royal Albert Home than you can watch from wherever you wish. There are performances from artists across the whole spectrum of genres, so you're bound to find one that complements your taste that you can pop on in your garden and have your own personal garden festival.

If you'd prefer to take a trip across the pond, you can also find daily streams from the Met Opera in New York for something a little more refined and cosmopolitan. The Metropolitan Opera have delved deep into their archives to bring performances from as far back as the 80s to your screen, giving you the chance to catch a piece of history from your own home. Each nightly opera stream is only available for 24 hours, so you'll need to set a reminder in your calendar if there's a particular performance which takes your fancy.

Virtual Museum Tours

While you might think being at home would stop you from being able to experience as much art and culture as before, Google's Arts and Culture partnerships have seen hundreds of museums and cultural hotspots catalogued and put online so you can access it whenever and wherever you want. The initiative is completely non-profit, meaning you're free to explore all the collections which have been archived and enjoy a night at a museum whenever you wish.

You're free to virtually roam around the galleries and exhibitions taken from museums found in every corner of the world, letting you travel from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or the MoMA in New York in a matter of seconds. The mobile app version lets you immerse yourself even deeper into these galleries using 360o photography, bringing priceless artworks directly into your home.

Weekly Wine Tastings

Enjoying a glass or two of wine can help you unwind after a long day, but if you're wanting to learn more about the wines you're drinking then virtual wine tasting experiences are perfect for budding wine connoisseurs. There are number of businesses offering distance wine tasting over video calling apps, such as The Wine Workshop who email you a link to their interactive workshop conducted on Zoom.

You can join wine experts for a 60-minute class exploring the flavour notes of a luxurious wine hamper sent straight to your door. You'll be able to taste along with their guest experts, who'll guide you through each wine's distinctive appeal and educate you on what makes it special. Some experiences have the option of also adding hand selected food to pair with the wines during the workshop, which can be a tasty treat for a date night at home.

Virtual events can make the perfect substitute for your regular events you might attend in person and can be a handy way to try something new from the comfort of your own home.

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