Easter eggs are so BC (before coronavirus). Why not treat someone to a fuss-free and isolation-friendly alternative this year? From craft and cookery courses to online gin tasting tutorials, there’s even a virtual home declutter with a celebrity home stylist on offer.
Virtual Home Declutter with Celebrity Home Stylist, Dilly Carter
£50, exclusively available at virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Join Dilly Carter from Declutter Dollies as she helps you declutter your home and turns your chaos into calm. With the UK’s answer to the world-renowned tidying expert Marie Kondo, you’ll enjoy a 1:1 FaceTime session getting advice from experts. Learn to let go of things you no longer need before an analysis of every corner of your home to discuss how to use it day to day, with a recommendation of the best storage solutions for your space. Providing motivation and follow up support via photos, this is the only service in the UK that offers 1:1 virtual support.
Online Cookery Course with Ann’s Smart School of Cookery
£39.00 (save 75%) available at virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Learn to cook in the comfort of your own home as you follow the videos of BBC MasterChef contestant and creator of the school Ann Hood as she shares insider tips, whenever it suits you.
With a one year subscription and new content added regularly, you’ll have access to a huge variety of online tutorials with various recipes to start cooking today. Dedicated to keeping things simple, the videos feature everything from teaching kitchen basics to specific techniques that’ll enable you to master a whole host of international cuisines.
Create a Paper Craft Garland at Home with Peach Blossom
£19.50, available at virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Learn the art behind creating paper garlands from your own home with this hands-on digital workshop. Following clear instructions via video from the Peach Blossom experts, you’ll discover the best techniques to create beautiful paper shapes and designs, before putting your new-found skills to the test and creating your own wall hanging or garland to add a personal touch to your home décor.
Home Gin Tasting Kit with Online Tutorial for Two with Shakespeare Distillery
£35.00, available at virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Prepare for a night in with a difference and discover a range of gins from the Shakespeare Distillery, all in the comfort of your own home. Get the lowdown on all things gin from your personal mixologist as you follow a unique online video. Play along at home as you sample three gins from Shakespeare Distillery’s unique selection, including mixers and tasting glasses.
Marrying two of life’s great pleasures, chocolate and gin, your kit also includes indulgent gin-infused truffles, handcrafted by Henley Chocolates.
Introduction to Baking Five Part Online Course
£22.00 (save 45%), available at virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Channel your inner star baker with this introduction to baking online CPD certified course from New Skills Academy, all in the comfort of your own kitchen. With classes run at your own pace, learn to create award-winning cakes fit for any occasion. You’ll devise your own recipes to create show-stopping celebration cakes, learning everything from piping and icing to stacking cakes and even how to market your own bakery.
Classes will be taught by baking experts teaching the best methods and techniques to create unforgettable cakes. On completion of the course, you’ll receive a certificate valid for life.
Learn How to Write Your Own Film Script – Four Week Online Course
£43.00, available at virginexperiencedays.co.uk
Have you always fancied yourself as a bit of a Quentin Tarantino or a Martin Scorsese? Learn to write a short screenplay with this four-week online programme, run by some of the most experienced professionals in the film industry.
From the comfort of your own home, you’ll have weekly video lessons teaching you to how to write a short screenplay, which could be later advanced to a film. Using classic short stories, you’ll learn to adapt them for the screen with a finished product film script at the end of the course. All video lessons are available for the duration of the course and can be watched as many times as needed.
Your subscription will also give you access to an online discussion group, where you can virtually meet other students and get peer support on your script. The course is a fully interactive experience with extensive feedback from tutors and the chance to have your questions fully answered.
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.