How to find a new hobby you'll love

If you want to find a hobby you’ll fall in love with, a good way to start is by matching an aspect of your personality to an activity that’ll help it flourish. So, if you’re a natural organiser with a keen eye for detail, collecting rare items or tracing your family tree could be ideal. Driven by wanderlust? Then walking or climbing could be a better fit. Whatever new hobby you choose, be patient and give it time to develop. Don’t worry too much about the end result – the journey is half the fun.

Woman jogging, enjoying her new hobby

Have the right mindset

It’s easy to think of hobbies as optional extras in life – only possible if you have time in a schedule that’s bursting at the seams. If you switch your thinking so that hobbies are as important to you as work or watching your favourite soap, then you’re more likely to not skip a meeting with fellow enthusiasts or become rusty on the instrument you’re learning.

Hobbies are supposed to be fun, but if you’re passionate about making progress, you’ll need a healthy dose of dedication.

One way to stop yourself skipping a session is to join a club or class that takes place at the same time every week or month.

A list of hobbies for inspiration

If you already have an idea of the type of hobby you’d enjoy (i.e. a highly active sport vs. a quieter pastime), check out our top picks to help you make your selection.

You could even set yourself a challenge to try one new thing every day for a month and see what sticks. Think that’s impossible?


Taking up a sport is a classic way to make new friends while staying in shape.

  • Running. You can do it anywhere without special equipment.
  • Cycling. Great cardio while exploring new surroundings.
  • Swimming. Low impact but still great exercise.
  • Table tennis. Highly sociable and fun for all levels of ability.
  • Minigolf. You could tour the country ticking off one course after another.

Learning a language

If you like the idea of learning a new language in a social setting, you can take an evening class and make friends as you learn. Or, if you’d prefer to learn in the comfort of your own home, on the train, a plane or in the car, there are some fantastic free apps to get you started

  • Language course apps – the closest thing to having a private tutor by your side.
  • Apps that help you learn a language by chatting to native speakers.
  • Flashcard apps to speed up your learning by engaging your visual memory.

There are some fantastic free apps to get you started learning a new language.

Browse the app store on your phone to find your favourites.

Social hobbies

Trying something new is much easier if you have a trusted ally to show you the ropes. As well as widening your social circle, sharing a hobby with a friend can deepen your existing friendship. You’ll get to spend quality time together and it will be a release from the stresses of daily life.

  • Escape rooms. A great hobby for a rainy day, you’ll find escape rooms in most cities.
  • Choir. Singing can release endorphins, lowers blood pressure and help create a sense of community.
  • Swing or Charleston dancing. A social workout that’s likely to make you smile.
  • Card games. Play for fun with real cards or online.
  • Board games. Play at home around the dinner table or find a local pub.
  • Baking. Encourage your friends and colleagues to bake by challenging them to a weekly baking competition with a blind taste test.
  • Wine tasting. For cultured grown-ups, learn to appreciate a wider variety so you don’t always have to settle for the house wine.

Outdoor hobbies

Spending time outside can improve your mood, relieve anxiety, keep you fit and boost your Vitamin D. Here are some hobby ideas to get you spending more time in the great outdoors.

  • Growing your own fruit and veg. Gardening is a rewarding experience that also saves money on food shopping.
  • Fishing. Angling in a scenic spot can be a great opportunity to bond with family and friends while honing your patience.
  • Geocaching. Use GPS tracking to locate hidden objects. If you enjoyed orienteering at school, you’ll love this.
  • Birdwatching. Foster your appreciation for nature while travelling the country.
  • Hiking. The UK has dozens of coastal walks and woodland treks to choose from.
  • Camping. Unplug from modern life and do some stargazing.
  • Photography. Smartphones have amazing cameras, but there are still companies that develop film.

Arts and crafts

Getting into arts and crafts is the perfect opportunity to engage the right side of your brain while socialising with other creative types.

  • Origami. Origami isn’t just about folding paper cranes. It’s been used to design satellites, heart stents and more.
  • Colouring. Adult colouring books have exploded in popularity in the last few years. They’re great for relieving stress while listening to music.
  • Candle making. Make thrifty presents for friends and family by turning jam jars, wine glasses and mugs into candles.
  • Knitting. Knitting hats, cardigans and blankets for newborns is a handy skill for creating affordable presents.
  • Sewing. Make and repair your own clothes or home furnishings to flex your creativity and save money.
  • Scrapbooking. Capture memories while creating mini works of art.

Hobbies to do with the kids

  • Magic tricks. Learn a simple trick from an online video tutorial to get started.
  • Kite flying. It’s more exciting than just a walk and all you need is the kite and a bit of wind.
  • Puppetry. Make your own or buy ready-made characters online.
  • Juggling. Help your kids develop dexterity and patience.
  • Model kits. Build and paint almost anything you can imagine.


Hobbies that involve collecting can be ideal because they don’t demand regular attention. Every time you spot a new treasure, you can add it to your collection. You can collect for fun or with profit in mind – or both.

Which of the following most intrigues you?

  • Coins
  • Vintage toys
  • Sports memorabilia
  • Antiques
  • Fossils & gems
  • Records
  • Postcards


If a world map looks like a checklist to you, then travelling could be your hobby of choice. There are more destinations than you can visit in a lifetime, so think about the variety of cities and environments you’d most like to experience. You can tick off several in one trip by going on a cruise or getting a Rail Europe pass.

To maximise your sightseeing, check out our guide on how to travel cheaply.

If you’re planning on spending money overseas, it could be worth considering a travel credit card, like the Barclaycard Rewards card. Like all credit cards, purchases above £100 are protected by the Consumer Credit Act, so if there’s a problem, you could get a refund - conditions apply.