Fill your year ahead with wholesome hobbies that bring you joy…
Instead of succumbing to the January blues and strict resolutions, let this month become the gateway to a year filled with joyous discoveries. We’ve picked out some exciting new hobbies for you to try in the North East this year…
Try your hand at becoming a master behind the camera. Whether you fancy going solo or opt for being taught the dos and don’ts by a professional, there’s plenty to explore when it comes to honing this skill. And with so much natural beauty to explore on our doorstep, it’s a photographer’s paradise.
Whether you’re a beginner or seeking to enhance your skills, you could consider enrolling in a course at Ivor Rackham Photography. Their courses cater to various levels, providing structured guidance, technical insights, and hands-on experience.
Unleash your inner creative and become a pottery pro. Crafting clay into art fosters relaxation, focus, and personal expression and The Pottery Experience in Jesmond is the place to go for exactly that.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a creative looking to explore or a complete beginner, everyone is welcome to head along, socialise and create some beautiful masterpieces.
With monthly workshops, pottery socials and wheel practice, there’s something for everyone.
You don’t need to be a Strictly professional to enjoy the art of dance. Even if you’ve got two left feet, everyone is welcome to enjoy the magic of movement at Dance City.
Whether you fancy brushing up on your salsa skills, trying your hand at jazz, becoming a ballroom pro or a hip hop legend, there’s an abundance of exciting classes and workshops to choose from.
Beyond its physical perks, dancing ignites joy, promotes confidence and ignites social connections. Step out of your comfort zone and into a world of vibrant energy and self expression.
Take your yoga game up a notch in 2024 with a trip to one of the many Hotpod Yoga venues across the region.
In a controlled heated environment, Hotpod Yoga is renowned for helping you stretch further, breathe deeper, and sweat harder. It involves a balanced flow of active and passive postures that work the body while calming the mind.
Bring your water bottle and a towel and prepare to sweat and stretch life never before.
Time to test the waters!
Looking for a fun new hobby that also helps to improve fitness, works on your core and improves your balance? Paddleboarding could be the answer you’re searching for.
Adventure Acesss based in Seaham offers ‘Just for Fun’ sessions which are perfect for those looking to try out a new skill.
These 90-minute taster sessions will get you out on the water, learning the skills and most importantly – having fun!
Submerging into the cold waters of the North Sea might be the last thing on your mind during these drizzly January days, but hear us out.
Head to the coast and get fit the fun way with the guys at Tynemouth Surf Co. The wetsuit-wearing pros offer surfing lessons for all ages and all abilities on the shores of Longsands beach – an award-winning stretch of sand that stages national surfing championships.
Roll up your sleeves, pop on your apron and get ready to become the next Star Baker!
Whether you’ve dabbled in baking or you’re a complete beginner, it’s a skill that can be acquired at all levels. You don’t need all the fancy gear, just a recipe to follow and a few simple ingredients will get your started!
Buy yourself a few cookbooks, follow some of your favourite recipes online or book yourself onto a course at Linnels Farm where the experts will help you gain the skills you need to take on the likes of marmalade making, how to bake bread, macaroons and more.
Put pen to paper and enjoy the creative freedom of writing.
Whether you’re into writing fiction, poetry, trying out journalling or just jotting down thoughts, writing can be an escape, a way to unleash your inner creative or clear your mind.
Paintbrushes at the ready!
From watercolour and neurographic art, to creative collages, mono-printing and more, booking a spot at one of Rebekah Findlay’s workshops is a must for those looking to unlock their artistic potential.
Embrace the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind pieces, learn something new and let your creative juices flow.
It sounds simple, but nothing feeds the soul quite like breathing in fresh air and exploring nature’s beauty.
Here in the North East, we’re lucky enough to have some of the most stunning coastlines and country walks on our door step.
This year, pop on your walking boots, get outside and explore the likes of Roseberry Topping, High Force Waterfall, Hadrian’s Wall, Cheviot Hills, Embleton Bay, and many, many more!
Lend a Helping Hand
Do some good at Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter. The registered charity, which helps thousands of lost, unwanted, neglected, abused and abandoned animals every year, is always on the look-out for volunteers to help out and make a difference.
From working with the animals, to maintenance and helping in the charity shops, there are tons of ways to get involved.