If you haven’t already checked it out, Rest Less Events is our virtual community and events platform. All sessions are run through Zoom and cover a huge range of topics.

With around 100 events running monthly – from mindfulness classes to travel and art talks – there’s surely something to interest you.

Below, we’ve pulled together some of our most exciting events coming up in April.

1. Fools Rush In – a History of April Fools' Day

When? Tuesday 2nd at 11:30am

Whether you’re a lover or hater of April Fools’ Day, this one-hour talk offers an enjoyable and informative look into the history of our most whimsical holiday.

Qualified lecturer Margaret will take you back to the very beginning, discussing the various accounts of its origins – from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales to The Netherlands in the 1500s. And since this event takes place the day after April Fool’s Day, we promise you won’t be pranked!

2. Understanding anger: using visualisation and art-making

When? Tuesday 2nd at 1:00pm

While anger is a normal part of being human, it can also be uncomfortable. With this in mind, art therapist Sarah is running a new session on understanding this emotion – including the reasons why we experience it and how to express and deal with it.

Alongside group sharing, visualisation exercises, and breathing techniques, this event focuses on art making, so bring some basic materials like pencils and paper.

3. Problem Solving on your Devices

When? Wednesdays 3rd and 10th at 10:00am

With mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, it’s never been easier to find solutions to common problems – from learning how to fix a leaky tap to chatting with customer service reps about product issues. However, with so much information on the web, it can be tricky to find what we’re looking for.

In this two-part event, the 3 Discovery Team will lead us through the many ways we can use our devices to fix common problems.

4. Introduction to Crocheting: 4-Week Course

When? Wednesdays at 5:30pm

Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet but never had the time? Or are you a craft lover who simply wants to refresh your skills? If so, this four-week course could be your next Wednesday night hobby.

Throughout April, crochet wizard Marlys will introduce you to the basic tools, stitches, and techniques. Once you’re acquainted with the tricks of the trade, you’ll even have the opportunity to start a couple of projects.

Introduction to Crocheting

5. Watching the Detectives: A History of British TV Crime Fighters

When? Thursday 4th at 11:30am

Nothing quite arrests our attention and captures our imagination like a good murder mystery. That’s why shows like Marple, Poirot, Midsomer Murders, and Broadchurch have been some of the most popular to grace the UK’s small screen. But why are we so fascinated with murder?

This event will take a stroll through the history of television detectives to investigate this question.

If you’re interested in everything murderous and macabre, why not check out our true crime section? Here, you’ll find articles like Are serial killers born or made? and 13 true crime series to add to your watchlist.

6. Confessions of a PhD Student

When? Thursday 4th at 4:00pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study for a PhD as a mature student? If so, this event could be for you.

In this talk, Simon Gregor will share his experience gaining his doctorate at the University of Wolverhampton. He’ll describe what it was like and what he learned – and share some lighthearted personal stories about his time there.

7. Exploration, Convicts, and Colonies, Stories from Australia’s Past

When? Thursdays 4th, 11th, and 18th at 7:00pm

Dive into Australia’s colourful and complex history in this three-part series. From the European explorers who ‘discovered’ this diverse continent to the stories of convicts who were sent there in the 19th century, host Sandy will take us on a journey through Australia’s colonial past.

8. Introduction to Psychological Astrology: The Planets, Their Signs, and the Sun-Moon Blends

When? Friday 5th at 2:30pm

Join practising astrologer Jeanie for this one-off session that introduces Rest Less Events members to psychological astrology. This practice, as the name suggests, blends aspects of psychology and astrology to help us unearth our motivations and make decisions.

Throughout the hour, Jeanie will introduce audiences to the planets and their astrological signs before looking at the importance of the sun and moon in psychological astrology.

Introduction to Psychological Astrology: The Planets, Their Signs, and the Sun-Moon Blends

9. Quick Lunches

When? Monday 8th and 15th at 2:30pm

Looking for a nutritious, filling lunch, that’s quick to whip up? Why not tune in to one (or both) of these quick lunch tutorials from Shamal Kumal?

In her first event, Shamal will show you how to make tangy lime and chilli salmon with ginger soy pak choi – an ideal Asian-inspired meal for any weather.

And, in the second event, you’ll learn how to cook a scrumptious spinach, chickpea, and potato curry, which is also 100% vegan!

10. Botanical Drawing: 4-Week Course

When? Mondays at 8:00pm

Full of vibrant colours and diverse textures, drawing plants is a great way to test your artistic chops, develop your skills, and create something beautiful. So whether you’re a seasoned artist or you haven’t picked up a pencil in years, why not tune in to this four-week course from London-based artist Caitlin?

If you’re looking for a new creative outlet, interested in learning a new skill, or were inspired by our recent article on botanical illustrator Caroline Jane Buckley, this creative course is a great way to spend your Monday evenings in April.

11. Cappadocia's Otherworldly Views

When? Tuesday 9th at 11:30am

From towering rock spires and archaeological treasures to dazzling hot air balloon displays lit up by the auburn sun, Cappadocia is one of the most mesmerising areas on the planet.

In this virtual tour, guide Kelsey will show us wonders like ancient cave paintings, rock-cut churches, and the imposing Uchisar Castle, which sits atop a towering geological formation. She’ll also introduce us to the culture and customs of the locals, including museums and centuries-old pottery techniques.

And, if you enjoy this event, why not check out Kelsey’s next Turkish adventure later in the month when she takes us through the vibrant streets and bazaars of Istanbul?

12. Shackleton's Antarctic: The Most Heroic Failure of Modern Times

When? Thursday 11th at 11:30am

Ernest Shackleton is probably history’s most famous polar explorer. But did you know that despite trying multiple times, he never reached the South Pole? Instead, he’s remembered for bravely leading his crew to rescue when their ship, the Endurance, became trapped in Antarctic pack ice in 1915.

Tune in to this talk, which explores Shackleton’s legend. Described as “absolutely fascinating” and “excellent” by previous attendees, it’s sure to entertain, enthral, and inform.

Shackleton's Antarctic: The Most Heroic Failure of Modern Times

13. Fun Film Trivia Quiz!

When? Friday 12th at 4:00pm

Whether you’re a film buff looking to test your cinematic knowledge or you’re simply in the mood for an afternoon of fun, why not check out this new trivia event?

Throughout the hour, host Steve will pose puzzling questions about everything film – from old black-and-white hits to modern cinema blockbusters. So brew yourself a hot drink and prepare your pen and paper for this Hollywood quiz.

14. Venetian Masterpieces

When? Tuesdays 16th and 23rd at 11:30am

Delve into the art and architecture of Italy’s ‘City of Bridges’ with this two-part talk from Rest Less Events-favourite Antonia Gatward Cevizli.

In the first part, we’ll learn about medieval Venice, including its spiritual, economic, and political context, and some of the period’s most famous relics. And, in the second, we’ll move on to the Renaissance, discussing paintings by Titian, Tintoretto, and Giovanni Bellini.

15. Life elsewhere in the Universe – are we getting closer?

When? Tuesdays at 4:00pm

Are you looking for an event that’s truly out of this world? Then check out this new five-part series from astronomer Malcolm.

Throughout the coming weeks, he’ll explore questions like: What are the challenges of finding life beyond our atmosphere? How close are we? And what can we expect from alien life? It’s perfect for anyone who’s ever wondered what else is out there.

16. Learn Italian: Taster Session

When? Wednesday 17th at 2:30pm

Join language lover Sally-Jayne for this Italian taster session. Throughout the hour, you’ll learn basics like how to greet someone, introduce yourself, and say where you live. Sally-Jayne will also cover basic numbers, how to tell people how many children/grandchildren you have, and some very simple grammar.

Afterwards, you’ll even have some time to practise what you’ve learned with other attendees! It’s a perfect introduction to one of the world’s most beautiful languages!

Learn Italian: Taster Session

17. Drives to the Dordogne

When? Thursday 18th at 11:30am

Having a chateau in the Dordogne gave Malcolm plenty of opportunities to explore Western France by car – whether that’s cruising along autoroutes or winding his way through off-the-beaten-track villages.

In this presentation, Malcolm shares some of the highlights from these journeys – revisiting some of his favourite cities, cathedrals, restaurants, hotels, and ancient sites.

18. The Great Wall of China

When? Thursday 18th at 4:00pm

Thousands of kilometres long and stretching from the desert to the sea, The Great Wall of China is one of the Wonders of the World. Begun by the first emperor of the Qin dynasty in 220 B.C., the wall wasn’t completed for over 2,000 years.

Join Rest Less Events Tai Chi instructor J.T. Turner for a deep dive into this magnificent structure. You’ll learn about its history, construction, and even the legends surrounding it.

19. The American Piano

When? Friday 19th at 4:00pm

For a Friday afternoon treat, why not tune into this one-off concert from pianist Beatrice Nicholas? Featuring the music of big names like George Gershwin and lesser-known artists like Navajo composer Connor Chee, this performance aims to showcase the diversity of American classical piano music.

So sit back, pour yourself a drink, and let the sweet melodies of Beatrice’s keys ring your weekend in the right way.

20. Climate and Ecological Crisis? What's all the fuss about?

When? Monday 22nd at 2:00pm

We all know there’s a climate crisis, but many of us don’t do as much as we’d like about it. Maybe it’s because the issue seems too daunting, or perhaps we just don’t know where to start.

In this talk, conservationist David aims to give us more insight into how our actions impact the planet and what we can do to make a difference. Past attendees have described it as an “eye-opener” and “thought-provoking”.

And, to learn more about preserving our planet, why not check out our event later in the month: Endangered Wildlife and Conservation?

Climate and Ecological Crisis? What's all the fuss about?

21. In The Footsteps of Shakespeare

When? Tuesday 23rd at 7:00pm

Lots of us are familiar with the plays and poems of William Shakespeare, but many fewer know much about the man behind the literature. In this talk, which falls on the Bard’s 460th birthday, host Ian takes us through the life of England’s (if not the world’s) most famous writer.

However, there’s a twist! This journey into history will focus on important Shakespearean locations that can still be visited today – such as the Globe Theatre and his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

22. Unlocking the Secrets of Tarot – A Journey through History and Practice

When? Wednesday 24th at 10:00am

If you’re interested in unravelling the mysteries of tarot, why not join this one-off event? From medieval Europe to its modern-day significance, host Sally introduces audiences to the evolution of this unique practice and its connections to psychology, mythology, and spirituality.

Attendees will also learn some practical applications of tarot, including how to use it for personal growth and self-reflection.

23. Exploring Malta

When? Thursday 25th at 11:30am

From its sparkling Mediterranean seas to its intricate architecture and rich history, there are plenty of reasons to add Malta to your ‘must-visit’ list. And with this event, you can explore some of its best sights from the comfort of your home.

Join Dr Lillian Cespedes Gonzalez for this virtual tour, which is equal parts entertaining and informative. Marvel at the grand fortresses of Mdina, take a stroll along the quayside at Valletta, and much more!

24. Spring, in harp format

When? Friday 26th at 12:00pm

Start spring off right with this harmonious harp recital from Fiona Hosford. Soothing and melodic, this concert aims to distil the sights, sounds, and smells of the season into an hour of music.

Featuring some songs you know and some you don’t, it’s a relaxing and enriching way to spend a Friday afternoon.

Spring, in harp format

25. Let's Dance (1)

When? Friday 26th at 4:00pm

Join Rest Less Events’ resident music maestro for his next lively look into the sounds of the 60s. This time, his subject is the tunes that were getting people up on the dance floor and shaking their tail feathers throughout the decade.

Check out the first part in April, with the second following on May 3rd.

Final thoughts…

From springtime recitals to unique looks into history, we hope this list shows the diversity of offerings on Rest Less Events this April.

However, with around 100 different events each month, we can’t mention them all here. So why not check out our calendar to discover what else is on?

Our free membership offers users two events per month (and if you miss the ones you sign up for, you can always watch the recordings afterwards). But if you’d like unlimited access to everything that Rest Less Events has to offer, you can upgrade to our premium membership for just £6.99 per month.

Are you a Rest Less Events member? If so, which ones have you enjoyed lately? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.