Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? What better way to start the new year than with a new obsession! Studies have shown that having a hobby is a great way to improve cognitive ability and general well-being, with the added bonus of reducing stress and meeting like-minded people along the way. Everyone has something they are interested in, whether it’s photography, renovating vans or even cross stitching Drake lyrics like Taylor Swift, indulging in activities that you love is just as important to your health as exercise.


If you’re at a loss for what you can do this year, check out our list of ideas for learning something new in Southampton;



Southampton City Rollers have one of the newest roller derby teams on the scene and are always looking for new skaters, referees and non-skating officials to join the ranks – suitable for all abilities. Get your skates on!



Ever fancied running away with the circus? These days it’s an actual possibility! If you like heights, check out aerial hoop, rope or silks classes at Aerial Southampton.

If ground based activities are more your bag, Hoop Shaker offer regular hula hooping classes, which are a great way to build core stamina while having masses of fun! Southampton Juggling Club is also a fantastic place to get started on your circus journey.



Embroidery is having a moment. With the rise of craft sharing sites such as Pinterest, sewing has been given a 21st Century makeover with stitchers creating one of a kind t-shirts with their own designs. Recycle and Sew offer workshops and classes for anyone feeling a bit rusty on the needles.



If you are a regular podcast listener, maybe this is the year to create your own. This is a potential money earner as eventually you may be able to monetize your podcasts through advertising revenue. Get started by interviewing people you find interesting, tell stories or discuss topics that you love.



If you love to write, perhaps blogging is for you. Create your own site for free on WordPress and upload articles, reviews or interviews about topics that interest you. Check out Southampton Bloggers for inspiration and events.



What a super cheap and awesome way to learn something new and create something beautiful! YouTube has hundreds of origami tutorials for all levels and if that’s not enough to sway you, Southampton has its very own Origami Club!



Climbing requires a perfect combination of physical endurance and problem solving skills which are great for reducing stress and keeping your body active. Head to Southampton Climbing Wall for a taster session or join the Bouldering Club at Southampton University.


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