Active East Riding

Looking for something interesting to do during the coming weeks and months when many of our facilities may be closed? Active East Riding has lots of ideas for children and adults - discover things you can do, learn from, and take part in whilst at home.

For all ages

Read an eBook
Find something by your favourite author, or try something new - we have an extensive range of eBooks, all FREE to download.
Download an eBook
Listen to an eAudioBook
Ideal for all ages - parents can take some time off and allow someone else to do storytime, or brilliant for people to enjoy while doing something else such as painting, decorating and gardening!
Listen to an audio book
Amy Johnson: 90 Years Since Darwin
An exhibition celebrating the 90 year anniversary of Amy Johnson's historic flight from London to Darwin, Australia.
View exhibition
Festival of Words

Poetry Competition with a top cash prize of £500 for adults, and £75 for children

Visit Festival of Words

Beverley Puppet Festival

The Beverley Puppet Festival is back! (but not as you know it.) This year the festival will be held online. Thanks to the magic of the internet, audiences can still access high-quality puppetry action from May through to July.

Visit Beverley Puppet Festival

ArtWaves (Postcard Project)

Why not design an arty postcard and submit it to ArtWaves as part of the postcard project!

Selected cards will be transformed into the official postcards of ArtWaves 2021 for sale at the festival on the 6/7 March 2021.

Find out more

ArtWaves (The New 'Normal' Exhibition)

ArtWaves Festival is proud to launch an open call for a photograph that captures your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. You could be in self isolation, lockdown or even a key worker. Create a snapshot of life in the East Riding at this time.

Find out more

Read eMagazines online

Read eMagazines online through East Riding Libraries. To set up your device to borrow eMagazines you will need: East Riding of Yorkshire library membership, a free RB Digital Global account and the free RB Digital app.

How to sign up

Learn how to use a computer

Learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media.

Learn to use a computer

Check some facts

Check your facts with the UK's independent fact checking charity.

Check some facts

Learn to Doodle Stories

Learn to doodle stories with Inky Willis.

Learn to doodle cartoons

Take a Trip Back in Time!

Watch East Riding archives video footage of the area from days gone by.

Watch the archives videos

East Riding Theatre

Check out the weekly artistic programme and activities from the East Riding Theatre's Facebook page.

Visit the East Riding Theatre Facebook page

East Riding Museums - Ways to Wellbeing

Whilst East Riding Museums are closed, we appreciate it can be very difficult being stuck at home. Despite this it is very important we remember to connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and even give back to our community.

Visit Ways to Wellbeing

Cyber Security course

This Introduction to Cyber Security course explores what cybersecurity is and its potential impact to you. It will help you to understand the most common threats, attacks and vulnerabilities. Plus you will gain insights as to how businesses, governmental and educational institutions protect their operations from attacks.

Learn about cyber security

Learn to draw cartoons

Learn to draw cartoons with a tutorial from Sheffield-based illustrator Peter McKee.

Learn to draw cartoons

Every Mind Matters

Look after your mental health. Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Visit Every Mind Matters

Tabletopia board games

Play over 800 board games online.

Play board games online

East Riding Youth Dance

Join dance instructors for weekly sessions that combine both exercise and dance sequences.

Watch Videos

RSPB Bird Identifier

A great way to learn more about the birds in your garden and how to identify them.

Identify a bird

Sport England #stayinworkout

Join the Movement #stayinworkout is a brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.

Find out more

East Riding at War

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the volunteers of Skidby Mill have created a brand new exhibition about the East Riding of Yorkshire during The Second World War.

View exhibition

Mostly for children and young people

Bedtime stories
Listen to a bedtime story, read by a member of our libraries team.
View bedtime stories
Change4Life 10 minute shake-up games
These 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!
Visit Change4Life
Sewerby Squirrel online challenges
Fun Sewerby Squirrel activities for under 5s (including babies) to try at home.
Visit Sewerby website
The Big Spring Read-In

Encourage your child to read every week and submit an online review to receive certificates after five, ten and fifteen weekly reviews.

Join The Big Spring Read-In

iDEA – Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award [iDEA] programme helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills. Complete online challenges, win badges and gain industry-recognised Awards to help you stand out from the crowd.

Develop digital skills

Elevensies with The World of David Walliams

David Walliams free daily eAudio story for children.

Listen to David Walliams

Tiny Treasures online challenges

Fun creative activities to do with your under 5s, inspired by the Museums Collections.

Visit Tiny Treasures online

Be a nature detective

Download our sheets and spot butterflies, bugs and birds.

Download sheets

Code Club

Learn coding Scratch, Python, HTML and Microbits. Follow step by step projects to learn how to code and create your own games and animations.

Learn to code

David Walliams activities

Free resources from David Walliams, based on his best selling books.

View David Walliams activities

Britannica Junior

Free access to the Junior Encyclopedia with your East Riding Libraries card.

Visit the Junior Encyclopaedia

Sewerby Hall at Home

Fun, creative ideas and activities for children and families, all about Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Edwardian life, and the Zoo.

Visit Sewerby Hall website

Action For Children

A list of inexpensive and easy activities you can do with your children. From building a den to hosting a sports day in your garden.

Visit Action For Children

BookTrust Home Time

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

Visit BookTrust Home Time

Sailors For The Sea Lessons

Free, downloadable marine science activities that encourage curiosity in kids and help them explore their surroundings. (These activities should strictly be done from home)

Visit Sailors For The Sea

Recycling Superheroes

Encourage your children to recycle through fun activities to keep them entertained.

Visit Recycling Superheroes

Coronavirus : a book for children

East Riding Libraries are offering free access to a new book for primary school children about the coronavirus and its effects and impacts. Axel Scheffler, has illustrated the book, which is free for anyone to read on screen or print out.

Find out more

The Book of Hopes

Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators.

Time Capsule 2020

We really want to encourage as many children as possible to record their thoughts, feelings and experiences. This will give them the ability to reflect on those feelings.

Download your time-capsule

Mostly for adults

Les Mills on demand, exercise classes and workouts
Access over 800 workouts, including classes for children, via East Riding Leisure. No membership needed. Use on up to four different devices and formats.
View Les Mills on demand
Archives Online
Get online with East Riding Archives. View the 'First World War Lives' photo exhibition & more on Flickr. Discover the past on a map with 'What Was Here?'. You can also use Ancestry to discover your family history for free!
Visit Archives Online
East Riding Leisure Workouts
Get fit from home with these free online workouts from East Riding Leisure's fitness instructors. New videos every Tuesday and Thursday.
View Workouts
Exhibitions Online

Did you know you can download over 80 past exhibitions from East Riding Museums? You can also view online exclusive exhibits and search through our huge collections database.

View Online Exhibits

Trawling Through Time (Documentary)

Part of the East Riding Archives, Trawling Through Time project, this documentary follows the story of Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Shipbuilders'.

Watch Documentary

Future Learn

Trying to keep boredom at bay while in coronavirus lockdown? Try out an online course to discover a new hobby, learn a new language, or even change career.

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East Riding Photo Archives

View over 1400 historic images of the East Yorkshire region and tell us your local stories.

Visit Photo Archives

Into The Picture Podcast

Listen to Sewerby Hall and Gardens new weekly podcasts, released every Wednesday.

Listen to podcast

Matrix Home Fitness Workout app

East Riding Leisure have teamed up with Matrix (our Tone Zone gym equipment providers) to bring Matrix Home Fitness Community Workout app to all our customers.

Find out more

Beverley Art Gallery Podcast

Listen to Beverley Art Gallery's new podcast "It's In The Bag". Celebrating masterpieces from our fine art collection.

Listen to the podcast now

Self-Portrait Tutorials

Artist and tutor Esther Cawley runs drawing courses for East Riding Museums Service at the Treasure House. She has put together this inspiring set of short self portrait drawing videos to encourage and support you to draw at home. Enjoy having a go!

Watch tutorials