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5 Classic Hobbies You Should Try This Year

Everyone needs a hobby in their lives; these days, you can undertake many different hobbies, and pretty much most things can be turned into a hobby if you are passionate enough about it. However, some of the more traditional hobbies are still just as popular now as they were in previous years with older generations.

If you are looking for something new to try this year to keep you busy and help you get out and about more, these hobbies are worth a try.


The UK has a long and rich railroad history, and trainspotting became popular in the 1950s when phenomenons of groups of boys on platforms started popping up all over the country. This soon spread across the world as newer trains hit the tracks and rail transportation became more popular. Back in the day, the boys were simply waiting for new locomotives they hadn’t seen before, and this hobby is still something many people like to spend their free time doing the world over.

Metal Detecting

Metal detectors first became accessible to the public in the 1960s, and here the fascination with using devices to find different bits of metal began. Over the years, many exciting artefacts, coins, and random lost jewellery items have been unearthed using modern metal detectors. In recent years, popularity has grown, with internet searches for things relating to metal detecting rising by 46%. Beach Metal Detecting is one of the most popular ways to get to grips with this hobby, and you can find many treasures that have been washed up on beaches far and wide.


Knitting isn’t just for nannas these days. In recent years Millennials and Gen Zers have found a love for this creative pastime, and many new businesses have popped up, selling creations hand knitted into various forms. In fact, since Tom Daley was spotted knitting at the Olympics, more and more people have taken up this therapeutic hobby and are learning to explore their creative side. 


How green-fingered are you, and can you teach yourself how to cultivate a blooming garden full of plants and flowers? Maybe, maybe not, but millions of Brits spend many an hour in the garden vying for the accolade of the best garden in the UK (or the street). There are so many benefits to gardening, too; aside from just looking good, it can also be beneficial for your mental and physical health for the local wildlife. Even if you don’t have a garden, you start with indoor potted plants.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is still prevalent in many countries and the UK alone, with 3 million people partaking in this hobby each year. People have various local, national and international bird species on their wish lists to spot. Countries are even ranked in popularity for the best birdwatching experiences, with Costa Rica coming out on top, followed by Peru, South Africa and some US states.

If you’re looking for a new yet traditional hobby to take up this year, these 5 ideas are great places to start.