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Getting tired of the same four walls? We’re all spending a considerable amount of...

Simple and Creative Ways to Improve Your Home

The term calligraphy is believed to be from the Greek meaning ‘beautiful writing’ and...

Calligraphy: turning handwriting into art

Many people take a lot of pleasure doing DIY and carpentry around the home...

Get hands on with woodworking

Dementia can be a very mysterious and frightening illness, especially when you’re confused about...

Discovering useful dementia websites and resources
Add a touch of sparkle: make your own jewellery

Jewellery has long been considered the ultimate romantic gift, and most people have one...

Celebrating Hochanda’s 5th Birthday: A Look Back!

This month, the Home of Crafts, Hobbies and Arts is hitting a huge milestone…...

Try it at home: brew your own beer

While a good pint was once something reserved for the pub, today brewing has...

Creating Simple Papercraft Backgrounds 

Want to take your arts and crafts to the next level? Hochanda are known...

Best websites for genealogical research in the UK

Just a few decades ago, genealogical research was a time consuming process that involved...

Cake Decorating

The popularity of culinary TV shows like The Great British Bake Off has inspired...

9 Steps to Create a Beautiful Rose Pouch

Can you believe that it is July already?!  If you want to create something...

The best platforms to learn a new skill online

Learning doesn’t stop when we finish our formal education, and it’s never too late...

10 Easy Steps to Create a Beautiful Gift Tag

There are lots of summer birthdays and anniversaries coming up, why not go the...

Quilting for beginners

Quilting is a creative and practical hobby that offers the opportunity to express yourself...

Top hobbies: fun with felting

Felting may not be as well known as companion hobbies such as knitting and...

10 hobbies to help de-stress

Now more than ever, it is important to keep occupied, and whilst the weather...

Where to find quiz questions for your next Zoom pub quiz!

Family and friends around the country are finding new ways to stay connected and...

The best free Pilates videos to try at home

As you get older, staying in shape becomes more important than ever. But if...

Fun ways to create a story quilt with Hochanda

For anyone who likes sewing or needlework, creating a story quilt has always been...

Where to find useful Coronavirus guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that affects the lungs and airways.  After its...

10 Handmade craft ideas you’ll want to try

Discover some of the crafts, hobbies and arts you’ll want to try this season...

Stream the National Theatre free every Thursday

As part of its NT Live programme, the National Theatre is opening its amazing...

Free exercise videos for over 50s you can try at home

With the prospect of having to spend more time in our own homes due...

Watch free sewing video tutorials online

Sewing is a great hobby; it’s challenging, offers a chance to get creative and...

The best free makeup tutorials for menopausal and mature skin

It’s not only home to videos of skateboarding dogs and kittens playing in boxes...

Free painting tutorials you can watch online

Want to improve your painting skills? These brilliant – and free – online resources...

5 interesting TED talks you can stream for free

TED puts stirring speakers on a stage and gives them the chance to connect...

The best free cooking videos you can watch on YouTube

If you want to learn new recipes and brush up on your cooking skills,...

Podcasts and radio shows to inspire learning

Radio shows and podcasts are a great way to continue down a path of...

The best tech to help you stay connected with family and friends

Even while social distancing measures are in place, it’s still possible to stay connected...

Simple sewing projects for spring and summer

Sewing is a great hobby; it’s challenging, offers a chance to get creative and...

Free knitting patterns: where to look online

Knitting is a challenging and inexpensive way to get creative. And with the added...

Where to find free adult colouring pages online

Adult colouring books are enjoying a huge surge in popularity – no longer reserved...

The best free puzzle and game apps

Free puzzle and game apps are a great way to relax or make the...

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