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Hobbies to Keep the Lockdown Learning Going


 Not so long ago, social media feeds were filled with bread and cakes that looked so good you could smell them through the screen. And it wasn’t only delicious baked goods either. It seemed everyone was writing songs, learning languages, and generally bettering themselves while they were locked down. And then the pubs re-opened and we reverted to bathroom selfies and filtered snaps of flaming sambuca. It’s almost as if spending most of your weekend on the lash isn’t productive. Well, if you want to keep the lockdown learning going, these are the hobbies for you.

Lady learning to cook using a tablet.

Learning to Cook

Okay, this first one might seem a lot like baking, but you can learn a lot from a cooking class. Whether it’s nutrition, the science behind the ingredients, or the chemistry of blending flavours, there’s tons to learn. You’ll find in-person classes start to run again and you can turn your learning experience into a social event. But if you’re nervous about mingling in the days of coronavirus, the internet is packed with classes and cookalongs for you to learn and mix up your skills. And best of all, you’ll get a tasty meal at the end of, well, you’re supposed to anyway.

Suggested Cookery Shopping:

Mindful Chef – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/mindfulchef.com

Simply Cook – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/simply-cook

Group learning to code on laptops.

Learning to Code

Computers run the world and teaching yourself to master them is a rewarding hobby to take up. All those 1s and 0s can look daunting to start with, but it’s not nearly as complicated as it seems and with a little learning, you’ll soon control the computer. It’s a hobby that can lead you in loads of directions and there are so many avenues you can go down. And if you really love it, you could find yourself taking the first steps towards a new career.

Suggested PC Shopping:

AO.com – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/ao

HP – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/hp-store

A RC car and radio

Learn RC

RC is an amazing hobby because it combines so many different areas. There’s a bit of engineering, programming, and creative design to the builds and that’s before you even get behind the radio. These days it’s more than cars. You can build and control trucks, boats, planes, and multi-rotors to give yourself a different experience with every project. And then throw in FPV (First Person View) for an exhilarating ride. With a tiny camera and a pair of google you’ll go along for the ride or flight. It’s the best way to travel and you’ll learn all about transmitting video as well the actual build.

Suggested RC Shopping:

Argos – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/argos-vouchers

BangGood – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/bang-good

A group of people learning to forage in the countryside

Teach Yourself to Forage  

Foraging is a particularly hip hobby that’s made our list because it’s become a favourite of foodies lately. Once you get out in the world, you’ll learn what foods grow all around you and creating tasty meals from what you find. You might think this is limited to the countryside, but you’d be surprised with the amount of tasty goods you can find in the city. And I’m not saying you’ll survive the Zombie apocalypse with the expertise, but it couldn’t hurt, right?

Suggested Shopping:

Dunelm – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/dunelm

GO Outdoors – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/go-outdoors

A lady enjoying crafting with textiles

Learning to Craft

This is an extremely wide category because there is so much that comes under the crafts umbrella, but that means there is loads to learn. There are textiles, woodcraft, papercraft, pottery, jewellery, and loads more to get to grips with. This is a super creative hobby with loads of potential for growth and learning. And there’s plenty of scope for selling your creations if your that way inclined and many people have done just that.

Suggested Craft Shopping:

Hobbycraft – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/hobbycraft

The Works – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/the-works

A women repainting an old bookcase.

Learn to DIY

DIY is a superb hobby to take up because you can make improvements to your home while you learn. You’ll learn skills for life and get creative as you fix up your rooms. Things can get technical fast and you need to precise at times, but the good news is you’ll find loads of ‘How To’ videos on YouTube that will see you through any project. Just make sure you finish what you start and it’s a fun way of adding value to your home.

Suggested DIY Shopping:

B&Q – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/b-and-q

Wickes – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/wickes

A person using a camera.

Learn Photography

Photography is one of those hip hobbies that everyone seems to take up when they hit 25 and suddenly their social feeds are filled with black and white snaps. The best thing about this hobby is that it will get you outside and searching for sublime locations. While you can point and shoot to start with there’s loads to keep you busy as you develop your skills. Whether it’s getting to know your equipment or understanding the techniques that produce the best pictures, you’ll never run out of things to learn. And if you don’t know where to start, you can always checkout out our Guide to Photography for Beginners.

Suggested Photography Shopping:

Jessops – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/jessops

Canon – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/canon

That’s a few ideas that will help take something positive out of this tough summer, but there’s loads of amazing hobbies out there waiting to take over your life. If you’ve got that one thing you’ve always wanted to try, get involved and see where it takes you.

Ashley Bird

Ever since the birth of his first child, Ashley has been trying to squeeze a little more out of every penny. Three years and another child later, he's a dab hand at finding a deal and getting things done for less. Whether you need help planning a budget friendly family day out, or saving on all things home, he can help you out.


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