Five free virtual events to join online this week in lockdown

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Get involved (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Take a deep breath; it’s been a long old week.

From a seemingly endless US election to the UK’s lurch back into national lockdown, overwhelmed is how many of us are feeling right now .

But don’t lose hope. While pubs, clubs, galleries, gyms and pretty much everything in between may be off-limits, there are still ways you can relax and have fun – from the comfort of your own home.

This week alone, there are tonnes of fantastic free virtual events taking place, from a West End musical-themed pet adoption evening, to an online celebration of all things plant-powered.

Looking for the best free upcoming virtual events? Read on…

Cats (and dogs), the musical

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Bound to be a joyous event
If you need your spirits lifted, look no further than West End Woofs, a live-streamed dog and cat adoption event co-hosted by theatre royalty Elaine Paige and Bernadette Peters. Working with UK rescue and adoption shelters, including Staffie & Stray Rescue, Forever Hounds and Leicester Animal Aid, West End Woofs aims to raise awareness of animal adoption in the UK as well as educate everyone on responsible pet ownership.

Use Covers to Keep Your Furniture Fur Free. Do you allow your pets on the furniture? If you do you’re well aware of how hard is to keep them clean. My favorite tip for keeping your furniture clean and fur free is to use a cover. You can use sheets, blankets or slip covers — and if you want something to match your decor you can get them custom made. When it’s cleaning time you just throw those covers in the wash & you’re good to go.

Expect theatrical performances from a host of animal-loving West End performers, as well as adorable furry friends looking for their forever homes.

When: Monday, November 9, 7pm onwards

Book online here.

Lennie James live

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Lennie James will be discussing his work on Zoom (Picture: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC)
Join actor and screenwriter Lennie James (best known for Line of Duty, The Walking Dead, Save Me and Snatch) for a free BAFTA masterclass on Zoom. James will be sharing his acting methods and discussing his career highlights. It’s the latest in a series of free virtual BAFTA events, which include masterclasses, quizzes, Q&As, panel talks and more.

When:Tuesday, November 10, 7.30-8.30pm

Book online here.

A sobriety panel

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Get some joy without booze

Join a panel of the UK’s leading sobriety experts (yep, that’s a thing) for a ‘joyful’ discussion on all things booze-free, from changing drinking habits in lockdown to mindful drinking over the festival season.

The panel includes Millie Gooch, author and founder of The Sober Girl Society, Ruby Warrington, author and host of the Sober Curious podcast, and Ellie Webb, founder of the non-alcoholic spirit Caleño.

When: Thursday, November 12, 2-3pm

Keep Household Toxins (Including the Garbage) Out of Reach. While it may seem obvious to keep your cleaning products tucked away safely one of the biggest threats to a dogs health in your home is the garbage. If your dog gets into the garbage you can use some baby proof locks to seal it, or put it away in the closet or garage while you’re gone.

Book online here.

London Jazz Festival

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So… you like jazz?
Friday marks the launch of the annual 10-day EFG London Jazz Festival, which moved online at the last minute this year… for obvious (Covid) reasons. Tune into the opening gala, which is being streamed from Cadogan Hall, to watch some incredible live performances. Other highlights include an exclusive set by rising mega-talent Emma-Jean Thackray and a performance by vibrant seven-piece Afro jazz/dance band Ubunye.

When: Friday, November 13, 7.30pm onwards

Book online here.

Vegfest

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Celebrate all things plant-based
Vegfest, the UK’s biggest celebration of all things vegan, is taking place online this weekend.

Check out Vegfest’s website and social media platforms for free live-streamed events, panels, performances, workshops, special offers and more – all centred around cruelty-free, plant-based living.

When:Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November, various times

Book online here.

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