Walking Home – Sound Journeys From Opera North

Now we can exercise more outdoors, Opera North has announced its commission for BBC Arts and Arts Council England’s Culture in Quarantine programme. Walking Home: Sound Journeys for Lockdown builds on the Leeds-based company’s history of award-winning and innovative sound walks and installations. New works are currently being written and will be recorded by five […]

Online Yoga – During COVID and Beyond

With gyms and yoga studios closed, many of us have been turning to online platforms to get our yoga fix. Pre-COVID, Amy Manancourt of Hania Therapies, taught yoga across North and West Yorkshire. I spoke with Amy today about the recent launch of her virtual yoga studio, which she is currently running from her Holbeck […]

Why I’m still Meal Prepping in Lockdown

I’m at home all day, every day – doing not an awful lot, to be honest with you – and yet, I’m meal prepping. Why? Well, there are a few reasons, but namely, preparing my meals in advance keeps me in a routine and ensures I don’t fall completely off the bandwagon (it’s been pretty […]

St Aidan’s RSPB Reserve – Connecting With Nature

This flooded open cast mine has paths that weave through wetlands, with views of the wildlife – and approaching walkers.  It’s not easy to forget the industrial past of this site. A giant walking dragline, which excavated coal here from 1974 to 1988, sits on a hill by the car park. Its impressive bulk is […]

Home Workouts to Stay Active during Lockdown

The world has paused for the first time ever in our lifetime and none of us really knows what day it is. With what looks like a long road to normality, and gyms and fitness centres likely to stay closed for the foreseeable future, we’re in a place with little choice when it comes to […]