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29th May 2024

Fun hobbies to start this summer

Niamh Ryan

I recently came to the slightly depressing realisation that I don’t have any real hobbies.

(Unless you count going on TikTok for hours before bed, which you probably shouldn’t.)

I don’t want to waste away my summer wishing I had some hobbies that were interesting to do, so I’ve compiled a list of everything I want to try at least once.

1. Flower arranging

As Miley Cyrus would say, I can buy myself flowers.

Flower arranging can be as extravagant or as simple as you want it to be, and there’s so many options available.

You can start small with two bouquets from your local supermarket and add some ribbon leftover from old birthday presents.

It’s a perfect way to freshen up your space and practice some creativity.

2. Film journal

If you also feel like you’ve barely seen any movies, this hobby is perfect for you.

Buy any kind of notebook and start writing about the latest films you’ve watched – the plot, what you thought about the casting, your rating out of 10, etc.

If you want to go all out you can even add pictures and cut outs, or try your hand at calligraphy to write out the title and some stand-out lines.

3. Sommelier training

We all know that beer gardens are the essence of summer, but if you want to drink while learning something new, wine tasting is the way to go.

Sommeliers are experts in wine tasting, knowing all the notes and descriptions of wine, and what they should be paired with.

If wine isn’t your favourite, you could also choose to become an expert on coffee. There’s endless information online abut both, and you can also find courses if you’re really dedicated.

4. Colouring

This may sound like an obvious – or slightly childish – one, but colouring can be great for mindfulness.

Michele Goldman, psychologist and media advisor for Hope for Depression Research Foundation said: “The repetitive movement of colouring can be soothing and calming for some people who have high stress and heightened anxiety.”

You can print out designs online or buy an intricate colouring book to fill out.

With some music playing and snacks to keep you going, colouring can help you wind down and relax.

Personally, I like to use it as a way to detox from social media and improve my attention span.

5. Jewellery making

Another artistic one, jewellery making can be surprisingly relaxing.

Whether it’s a simple necklace or beaded earrings, there’s a lot of choice in this hobby, and materials can be relatively affordable.

You also get to keep and wear what you make, and it’s always a bonus having something to show for hard work.