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9 ways your weekend doesn't have to suck

You don't need to be out and about to be having fun.

9 ways your weekend doesn't have to suck
Holly Pyne
15 May 2020

The weekend doesn't have to suck in lockdown, We at ShortList are helping make sure you can still have a brilliant, family-filled weekend from the comfort of your home.

We’ve decided to do our bit and brainstorm 10 activities we actually want to spend our weekend doing, and hope that you want to do them, too. Our list includes everything from (responsible) ways to enjoy the forecasted sunshine to using your newly-learnt video-conferencing skills to challenge your friend’s general knowledge.
We’re also aware that you’re either missing your family a fair bit right now, or have been stuck with them for the last seven weeks or so and are ready for some peace and quiet. Don’t worry, we’ve got something for both.
Here are 10 things to do (at home) over the weekend. Stay safe!

1. Become the ultimate Master Chef (and cheat if you have to)

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

With all our favourite restaurants shut for the foreseeable future, you should probably learn to cook - we mean ~really~ cook. And so that you actually do it, make it a competition among your friends so that once a week you have to share your food creation with others. Not sure where to start? We propose choosing a different country’s cuisine each week and here are our best cookbooks for complete beginners for when you need a little help (or to steal a recipe or two).

2. BBQ meat and veg like the experts

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

Temperatures should be high this weekend so if you have a garden, you should definitely use it. And, what better way to do that than with a BBQ stacked sky-high with meat and veg. Plus, if you start now, you might even have your grill technique down by the time friends can come round to see it. If your BBQ is looking a little worse for wear, check out our pick of the best BBQs to find its new upgrade.

3. Play the best games in the world for free

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

Turns out if you offer us loads of free stuff, we’ll basically do whatever you want. Who knew? The likes of Ubisoft and Google are offering free games as encouragement for us to stay at home. In the case of Google, you can now get two free months of Stadia Pro, which gives you access to the likes of GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection and Thumper. Plenty to keep you busy for the next four days, at least.

4. Get dressed up for the (virtual) theatre

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

This four-day weekend is usually spent getting out in the sunshine, getting dressed up and going for a nice meal somewhere. Obviously that can’t happen this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look fancy. Why not put on your glad rags and pretend you’re going to the theatre with the help of the National Theatre’s live stream. The London-based theatre is releasing a full performance for you every Thursday and previous plays include One Man, Two Guvnors and Jane Eyre. Currently it's Frankenstein.

5. Get the drinks in with your virtual pals

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

So, you might not be able to go down to the pub but the pints can now come to you. We suggest getting in touch with your local to find out if they’re delivering in your area. Otherwise, take a look at our best beer subscription box guide for inspiration. If wine or gin are your drinks of choice, we’d suggest M&S Wine Shop and Craft Gin Club respectively.

6. Win a virtual pub quiz

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

One good thing to come from social distancing is that we’re all now infinitely better at video-calling. Now, we suggest you use those skills for something fun and host a pub quiz with friends and family. And, if you can’t be bothered to write your own questions, you can just tune into Pembury Tavern’s Instagram where they run a pub quiz every Monday without fail.

7. Binge-watch 0.3% of Netflix's entire output

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been watching a hell of a lot of TV since this lockdown began so we’ve got a challenge for you. Even with all this extra time, you’ve probably barely started to scratch the surface of what Netflix has to offer. With over 36,000 hours of TV, movies and documentaries on there, we dare you to try and watch just 0.3% of it - 96 hours - or put another way, that’s like watching Tiger King nearly 14 times over. Good luck!

8. Run a marathon in your driveway

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

Being stuck at home has made even the most inactive of us want to get out and get some exercise. For those of you who were training for now cancelled races, we imagine you’re climbing the walls right now, so here’s a new goal to keep you busy. Why not take a leaf out of this guy’s book and attempt to run a marathon without even leaving your driveway? Be sure to keep track of it on one of the best running apps or no one will believe you. Bonus points for fancy dress.

9. Become a Monopoly master with these essential tips

10 ways your Easter bank holiday doesn't have to suck

Patience is everything when it comes to this classic board game because, let’s be honest, it’s a long’un. Don’t let your greed get the better of you (you’ll go bankrupt), snap up those railways as soon as you get a chance, and get building ASAP. And, when you get bored of the classic, take a look at our round-up of the best board games and best Monopoly editions for Star Wars, Roald Dahl and Sonic the Hedgehog-themed boards.