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Creative Hobbies

Creative hobbies cover a huge range of activities. We won’t be mentioning them all in this section – it would take for ever and we’d still miss some out! However, we hope one or two of them might excite you and/or that they might inspire you to try out something else.

The first category is what we might call Arts and Crafts. Included in this grouping are things such as knitting, cross stitch and embroidery, scrap booking and card making, pottery and wood turning, and willow weaving and dry stone walling.

You may think that some of these are things that are old-fashioned and out-of-date – but you’d be wrong. They are undergoing a renaissance and the chain of stores, Hobbycraft, is growing fast, as are on-line providers.

Hobbies Groups and Links

Hobbies and Interests

Physical activities and sport

Mind Games

Creative Hobbies

The Great Outdoors

You could do no better than look at our Arts and Crafts section to get a feel on how to approach some of these activities. Certainly the ones that you can do in your own lounge are relatively easy to take up. Things like pottery and wood turning require more initial commitment and organisation but are well worth the effort if you are creatively-minded.

Painting is another creative hobby that requires its own mention. Many people like to take up painting – particularly watercolours – as they get older and move into retirement. There are many ways you can learn, including classes through your local FE College, activity weekends , or on the internet. A good website to start with is Similarly, if you want to paint in oils, try 

Whichever you decide on, ease yourself in gently – you don’t want to spend too much on paints and other materials if you find that, after all, it’s not for you.

The Living Clarinet (CD Music Series , Vol 4)Music in its many forms also interests people in retirement. How about joining a choir so that you can sing properly and not just in the bath? Click here to learn all about Rock Choirs.
Learning a musical instrument is very popular and there are some very good music tuition books available through Amazon and other internet sites -try  There will be local teachers in your area if you prefer the personal touch whilst learning - ask your local music shop for a list of teachers.

Writing is another way in which your creative side can come out. There are numerous ways in which you can get published these days – in fact it’s easy because if no-one else will publish your work you can do it yourself by opening a web site. You can write your own blog. Some blogs have been picked up by publishers and turned into books. To get started with a blog, go to  Also take a look at one of our past features, How to Get Yourself Published on the Net, which describes how Carla Ledbetter became a best-selling author through electronic book publishing. In it she provides a useful checklist of how to go about it.

Another thing you could do is to write your autobiography, both for yourself and to pass down to future generations. By doing this, you help your family history to be preserved and you'll also give yourself immense satisfaction. At laterlife, we can help you with this by introducing you to a course that will teach you how to do it. Just click here to find out the details.

If you would like to get inspiration from other writers, you could join the National Association of Writers’ Groups and go along to your local group.

There are, of course, lots more creative hobbies. To help you think about them and to Model Making: A Basic Guidegive you a few more ideas, some of them are listed below:

  • Sculpture
  • Carving
  • Tapestry
  • Petit point
  • Caligraphy
  • Dress making
  • Model making        
  • Flower arranging
  • Stained glass   

Now, take a look through the other pages and see if anything takes your fancy – or something might trigger another inspiration. If you don’t find what you want, however, take a look at the Sports and Activities section, or go to Amazon where you will be certain to find a book on the hobby or interest of your choice.

This Guide to Hobbies and Interests 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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