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Enjoy the outdoors from indoors: Fly away

Virtual Yosemite

Virtual Yosemite is a groundbreaking interactive tour of one of America’s most popular and spectacular natural environments – Yosemite National Park in California. The project is unique in both the depth of its coverage and the quality of its imagery.  Visit 200 different locations within the park, zoom in and out to get close, look up or down, see the climbers on El Cap and get to the summit of Half Dome. 

Tomb of Queen Meresankh III

The Egyptian Tourist Board invites you in to the 5,000-year-old tomb of Queen Meresankh III for free during lockdown. With 3D modelling from Harvard University, this offers a really tangible experience and includes information and computer reconstruction if you want to find out more. Other tours include the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq, the Coptic Red Monastery, and the Ben Ezra synagogue



Walking Tours

Try a video walking tour of the Giza Pyramids on a quiet day in 2019, complete with surrounding sounds to make you really feel that you are there, along with fascinating facts about each site and a map of the area.  Once you've explored the wonders of ancient Egypt, how about heading to ancient Rome and join a walking tour of the Colosseum - or many other places on the Prowalk Tours channel.

Head into Space

If you really want to get away, how about a tour of the moon from NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration filmed by the LRO spacecraft.  Fly over the lunar terrain, moving in for close views of sites including the sites of the landings, the poles, and the far side of the moon. 

Chelsea Flower Show


Chelsea Flower Show is being held online for the first time ever, with the Royal Horticultural Society hosting free content including garden tours on its website.  The virtual event is taking place between 18 and 23 May, and will include leading designers, florists or gardening personalities providing tours of their own private gardens; daily "school gardening clubs" will take place to provide activities for families to garden together, while "potting bench" demonstrations will show techniques for growing and maintaining plants; special guest for Q&A sessions, and behind-the-scenes tours of UK grower's nurseries.  Keep an eye on the RHS website for more information.

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