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Activity Breaks

Finally, a word about activity breaks. Activity breaks cover all sorts of pastimes that are not necessarily 'arts and crafts’. However, many of them do offer tuition in the sorts of things we have been talking about on these pages and so deserve a mention.

There are many, many commercial organisations that offer activity breaks. You don’t need me to list them for you; all you need do is to type ‘activity breaks’ into Google and you can read them for yourself. But did you know that, for example, the Youth Hostels Association runs activity breaks? Go to and you will find a list of those that they offer.


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Learning or developing your skills in a craft on an activity break can be lots of fun and very stimulating. You’re away from your usual environment, usually in very attractive surroundings with a group of like-minded people. Therefore it can be both energising and a lot of fun. Why not give it a try to see if you like the experience? But be careful – it can be addictive!

You’ve marvelled at the mile upon mile of wall constructed with no cement and yet seemingly indestructible. Did you know that, in the UK, there are about 180,000 miles of dry stone walls in the UK? You’ve probably asked yourself how on earth they manage to build them to withstand everything that nature can throw at them. Well, you can learn how to do it and then help restore and preserve them. It’s hard work but you’re outdoors in the fresh air, usually in lovely countryside, so what could be better?

This Guide to Arts and Crafts is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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