Take up a new hobby for 2017

Starting a new hobby is a great way to learn, expand your skills and do something you enjoy. Whether social or solo, active or calming, hobbies have the power to enhance our lives and improve our sense of self.

Ready to try something new in 2017? Here’s our pick of some interesting and fun hobbies to try this year.


Adult antistress colouring book with pencils

2015 will be remembered as the year adult colouring books exploded into the mainstream; books shops and art stores all over the world now stock hundreds of colouring books to help adults relax, unwind and enjoy a few quiet moments enjoying the simple act of being creative. If you life a stressful lifestyle, colouring is an excellent and inexpensive hobby to help you be mindful through focused activity. You can learn more about colouring in our Best of the Web guide.


Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve personal memories and get creative at the same time. You don’t need any formal skills to get started – it’s as easy as getting creative and learning as you go, so it’s perfect for people who want an occasional hobby they can pick up from time to time. You could even make this a social endeavour – try getting together with friends once a month and sharing this hobby together. Find further ideas on our Best of the Web guide to scrapbooking.



Social by nature, bridge is a fun and challenging card game that’s a great alternative to poker. Played in two teams of two, four players come together for a game that lasts about three hours. The internet is also a great way to get involved – you can learn the ropes and enter tournaments online. Learn hour in our Best of the Web guide to bridge.

Allotment Gardening    

Renting a garden allotment in your community is an inexpensive way to get involved in gardening and meet other people who share your passion. You can grow vegetables, experiment with wildflowers or indulge your passion for landscaping. Find tips to get started in our Best of the Web guide to allotment gardening.


If you love knitting, try crochet this year; it’s a fast and simple alternative that’s quick to take up and can become more intricate as your skills improve. There are dozens of resources online to help get you started – you can find tutorials and patterns all over the web for free. Learn more in our Best of the Web guide to crochet.

Mountain Biking


If you love to explore and are looking for a new way to stay active this year, mountain biking could be just the ticket – it’s fast-paced, challenging and rewarding and a chance to get off the beaten trail. Find out about how to get started and where to find great cycling spots in our Best of the Web guide to mountain biking.

Are you keen to try any new hobbies in 2017?  




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30th Sep 2016
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If I try and take on any more I won't have time to sleep at all. But I still have an interest in anything that comes along that is new to me. I find in this age I am in I am pretty set in my ways and changing direction might be difficult to comprehend but not impossible who knows what might happen or change in the future.
21st Feb 2016
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Busy month for me, been to look through the telescopes and got the bug,next is visiting the magic club, thats not too easy to get in,I have to pass a test to see what i know about magic, shouldnt be too difficult because i love it, performed in front of workmates for years,...The second part providing i pass the first is to perform for up to 30 established magicians for 10 minutes. That makes me nervous.will let you what happens next week.
20th Feb 2016
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I'm learning the Ukulele! I'm definitely not a natural, in fact I'm rubbish, but the group are fab so I'll keep on strummin' .......

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