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You may think that some of these are things that are old-fashioned and out-of-date – but you’d be wrong.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.
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 (look at www.timetolearn.org.uk ), or on the internet. A good website to start with is www.watercolourpainting.com. Similarly, if you want to paint in oils, try www.zest-it.com
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.
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?
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 have a particular Hobby or Interest and would like to research and write about it on the web, take a look at our Associate scheme.
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 is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team.