The Easter holidays are almost here, but how are you going to fill your time with all those days off work? Never fear: we're here with a roundup that'll see you through in fine style...
Four glorious days off work! With an unrivalled spell of free time, Good Friday and Easter Monday provide us with arguably the best long weekend of the year – but what are you going to do with all that lovely spare time?
Never fear: Vodafone Social’s here with a roundup of what to watch, listen to, download and do on your 96 hour reprieve. Ready for the ultimate weekend? Read on…
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Let’s get things off to a super start, in more ways than one. Pour yourself a mid-morning coffee and delve into Marvel’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on NOW TV – the broadcast television arm of the multifaceted Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s an excellent stop-gap before Captain America: Civil War opens in cinemas next month, and the first two seasons are available to stream at your leisure. Don’t get too involved, though… We’ve got lots more to do today.
Time to get active. Strava’s a one-stop shop for tracking your movement, using your phone’s GPS and maps app to plot your route and calorie burn during dozens of different activities. It’s a favourite for runners since it adds in lap/split times, challenges, PBs, and lots more besides, but it’s great for keeping tabs on any activity – from skiing to walking. And that makes it perfect for tracking what we’ve got in store for you next…
Available in Brighton, London, Manchester and York, Hidden City turns the humdrum urban landscape into a giant treasure trail. All you need to do is sign up your team on the Hidden City website, choose a hunt and head to the start point. All set? Text ‘start’ from your phone to the designated number and they’ll begin sending you cryptic SMS clues to guide you around parts of your town you’ve never seen before. Be warned: some of them are really tricky.
There’s no better reason to feel good on a Friday than having the day off. This relentlessly upbeat Spotify-made playlist – with everything from Stevie Wonder to Blink 182 present and correct – will help you make the most of your stellar mood.
Judd Apatow’s latest project is a Netflix original that takes a heartfelt look at modern dating, doting, and romantic endeavours in general. It’s got that same earnest, bittersweet comedic feel that a lot of Apatow’s other work has (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, Trainwreck, etc.), which means it’s a great next-watch for anyone looking to fill the void left by Aziz Ansari’s Master of None.
You may already have the world’s biggest cab app installed (if you don’t you’re missing out), but are you using it to its fullest? Over the past year Uber’s added a swathe of new features that make it more powerful than ever. These days you can split your fare, choose what music to play (from Spotify), share your journey’s progress with whomever’s waiting for you, and even organise to carpool with other Uber users to save cash – all at the touch of the button. This arsenal of extras makes Uber a tour de force for big nights out.
Easter egg hunt
It wouldn’t be Easter without more chocolate than any sane person can stomach. If you’re looking to journey back to your youth then head to Cadbury’s egg hunt website, stick your postcode in and find where your nearest hunt is. There are 300 happening all over the UK in partnership with the National Trust, most of which run from 12pm-5pm and all of which end with a chocolatey prize.
Ready to hit the town? You’ve still got two days off ahead of you to recover. Spotify’s Saturday Night playlist has your back, and is waiting to whip you and your friends into a frenzy. Or why not fire up Spotify Party and control the mood yourself?
Game of Thrones
The sixth season of the award-winning series is just around the corner, so why not spend your Sunday catching up on what’s been happening in Westeros and across the Narrow Sea? Never seen Game of Thrones before? Now’s your chance: NOW TV has all five seasons available to stream, gifting you around 50 hours of some of the highest-quality television ever made.
Time to Roast
For lots of us, Easter Sunday means only one thing: a big ol’ roast dinner. If that’s you, the Time to Roast app will make your day a lot easier. Simply choose your meat and tell the app a few core details like its weight, your oven type, and when you want to eat, and it’ll work everything else out for you. It’ll even set a series of alarms throughout the process for things like preheating, the various stages of basting and roasting, and resting.
Rowing isn’t the only rivalry held by Oxford and Cambridge, you know. Every year on Easter Sunday two farmyard favourites – one goat representing each university – make a dash around Sptialfields City Farm in London. And if you don’t want to see that then we don’t know what’s wrong with you. Book in advance and then head down between 2pm and 5pm to catch the action.
This playlist by SpinGrey is the perfect soundtrack to a Sunday spent chilling out around the house, offering up smooth, lazy tunes that’ll make the day stretch out forever. Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, catching up on some life admin or merely lounging about, there’s six hours of music to match your mood on offer.
Daredevil season 2
Monday’s set to be a bit of a washout weather-wise, so can we recommend a box-set? The second season of Marvel’s Daredevil has just hit Netflix, bringing 10 more episodes of gory, brutal vigilante justice to the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.
Today’s a good day to get your head together – go back to work with a clear mind and you’ll be winning come Tuesday night. Stop, Breathe & Think is a great little iOS and Android app designed to help you do just that. Fire it up and it’ll guide you through a programme of mindfulness and meditation, helping transform you from a bunched up stress-ball to a calm river of tranquility.
Sort out your media
Don’t just sit and wallow; use your last drop of time this evening productively by finally sorting out all those movies, TV shows and songs on your hard drive. Fear not: it’s really easy. Download the Plex server app to your home’s main computer or laptop, point it to your files and it’ll automatically find artwork, plot synopsis and episode information for everything you have. Once that’s done, you’ll be able to stream all your stuff to any phone, tablet or smart TV with the Plex app. All for free!
Bank Holiday Morning
With the long weekend coming to a close and the weather taking a turn for the worst, you’ve got every right to feel a little melancholy. This aptly-named playlist plays up to that, proffering three hours of low-key indie as a backdrop to a rainy day at home.
Phew… What a jam packed weekend. But there’s still plenty to watch and listen to on your mobile. Here’s the best of what’s new to stream in March.