Best Lockdown Birthday Ideas

Your big day is fast approaching and while you would usually be wrapped up in booking bottomless brunches, sending out invites and planning your showstopping outfit, this year things are looking a little bit different. But while Covid may be the ultimate party pooper, that's no reason to not mark this special occasion. From boozy deliveries to gourmet takeaway dinners and quirky immersive online events, we've created a guide jam-packed full of fun ideas on how to celebrate your birthday in lockdown. 

Last updated on 6th March 2021


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Another great lockdown birthday idea for adults, these murder mystery events are inviting you to don your detective hat and track down notorious killers. THEWHODUNNIT? have put together an incredible series of online adventures inspired by everything from London transport to TV talent shows.

The Glasgow Festival of Burlesque is back, baby. And with them? They're bringing a whole host of performance masterclasses that are sure to jazz up any birthday party in lockdown. Learn how to tassel twirl, fan dance and peel like a pro, all from the comfort of your own home. 


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Is a birthday even a birthday if there isn't a round of cocktails thrown into the mix? Sipsmith's lineup of virtual events will see you getting busy in the kitchen, as you and your household are taught how to shake up a selection of sips, with ingredients and equipment delivered to you before your big day.

Map Maison

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Map Maison's offering of online events are ideal for birthdays during lockdown. Focussing on everything from the world of Japanese whisky to the perfect mezcal tipple, their bartenders will lead you through the mixology process, with boozy goodies sent to you ahead of time.

@ Online Event on Various dates from Sunday 7th March 2021

The team behind immersive cocktail bar Alcotraz have launched a unique new online experience. Perfect for a quarantine birthday, the online event will see you going behind bars to help a convict escape to freedom, using CCTV footage to steer clear of the crooked guards and sipping authentic prison hooch as you go.

Good Time Gals

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Looking for a way to celebrate your special day during lockdown restrictions. The Good Time Gals will be bringing the fun to your front room with their lineup of virtual events. Hunt down items from around your house before settling in for some brain-busting pop culture trivia and a dance off (or two).

Just because you can't go out for a fancy meal, it doesn't mean you can't bring the restaurant to you... Your Fork is offering you a range of fine-dining food bundles, created by word-class chefs; with everything from three and five-course spreads to delicious brunches to choose from.

Drag Queen Wine Tasting

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Gather your mates, pour yourself a large glass and join a drag-tastic queen for a hilarious online wine tasting. You're unlikely to actually learn anything about the vino, but you're bound to be laughing from start to finish. Plus, you'll also be treated to live music and rapid bingo.

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When it comes to lockdown birthday ideas for adults, this immersive cocktail experience is a guaranteed winner. Take inspiration from the Prohibition era by smuggling illicit drinks into your home, with secret video messages to bring the bootlegging journey alive.

  Jury Duty

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Jury Duty is the adrenaline-pumping experience that puts you in the position of power, sitting in on a nail-biting court case and deciding for yourself if the suspect should be locked up for the rest of their life. For a socially-distanced birthday bash, buy tickets with your friends so you can work together to uncover the truth.

The Magic Hour

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One of our top birthday ideas during Covid is this mind-blowing at home magic show. Sleight of hand superstar, Sonic will be livestreaming from the historic Sheraton Grand Park Lane in London, with an hour of illusions, mind-reading and tricks that have to be seen to be believed.

Treat yourself to a little education for your lockdown birthday party and get involved with one of these excellent drinks events. Whether you've got a taste for gin, mezcal or Lillet, this fun series from Callooh Callay is sure to sort you out.

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A great shout for escape room lovers, this online event will have you and five of your pals working to beat the clock and gain freedom. Not only will you have a real-life man on the ground that'll follow your orders, but you can also choose from over eight different adventures that'll keep you coming back for more.

A birthday is the perfect excuse to get all glammed up to the nines and explore some of the UK's finest restaurants. While your favourite foodie spots may have temporarily closed their doors, many have created sumptuous DIY kits, allowing you to enjoy their most popular plates at home, from tasty pizza slices to gourmet Indian feasts and drool-worthy tasting menus.