Things to do at home during lockdown: The best online and virtual events taking place this weekend

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You know the drill by now: things are starting to ease across the country ever so slightly, but we’re still socially distancing and spending most of our time indoors.

Still, the internet has done it's thing, with theatre, comedy and art exhibitions all headed online.

Besides, there's light on the horizon: more restaurants are opening for delivery, there are plenty of online cocktail and wine masterclasses to get stuck into and cinemas hopeful of opening soonas well.

These are our top picks of the things to get up to online this weekend – and make sure to check out our new hobbies to try out too.​

Take part in a Lord of the Rings reunion

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It doesn’t get much bigger than this for fantasy fans. Stars from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy will be making an appearance together on Sunday, after Josh Gad organised a reunion as part of his Reunited Apart web series. Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee), Dominic Monaghan (Merry Brandybuck), Billy Boyd (Pippin Took), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), and Ian McKellen (Gandalf) are all taking part from 5pm on Sunday.

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Tune in for Take That live

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Robbie Williams is relighting his fire and joining forces with Take That once again for a one-off virtual performance, in aid of two music charities, Nordoff Robbins and Crew Nation. Head to YouTube from 8pm.

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Watch Ariana Grande in Hairspray Live!

Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short and many more famous faces feature in one of the biggest free streams of lockdown so far this weekend. Hairspray Live! will be broadcast to the nation for 48 hours from Friday. The show, originally shown on US television, was nominated for nine Emmy Awards, and won three.

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Tune in for Stream4Scotland

More than 40 of Scotland’s favorite musicians will unite for this stream, from Twin Atlantic to JG Wilkes of Optimo. Proceeds go to Nordoff Robbins and Glasgow-based PPE charity ViseUp. Things kick off until 3pm and last until 1am.

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Grab a takeaway beer and support your local

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Pubs still aren’t open yet, but there are still things you can do to support them. Dozens of boozers across London have started selling pints to go. Check out the Standard’s guide to the places open for takeaway, and enjoy a fresh pint from tap this weekend. Looking for other ways to support your favourite pubs? Check out these T-Shirts, all designed to raise money for the industry during this difficult time.