Money Matters Team

Winter learning

By Money Matters Team 19/10/2014

Why wait till Janury to pick up a new hobby or pastime? Here are some ideas.

We all know that January 1st is the time to finally learn that new skill or take up another hobby. But really, why wait? There's a whole range of things out there to throw yourself into now, which will stand you in good stead for the rest of winter and beyond.

Christmas cookery classes
If you really want to wow your guests this year, or just fancy rustling up something a bit different, why not book yourself onto a Christmas cookery course? Here's just a taster of what’s out there:
Perfect Christmas Dinner, Devon
Young Chef: Festive Feasts (for 8-11yrs or 12-16yrs), Harrogate
Christmas Entertaining, Leiths School of Food and Wine, London

Winter fitness
Instead of trying to whip your post-Christmas body back into shape come January, prepare for the inevitable gluttony to come by signing up for a winter sporting event now. There are tonnes to choose from, we think Great Ormond Street Hospital's Santa Run is a good place to start.

Indoor snow
If you've always wanted to give skiing or snowboarding a go, why not try an indoor snow slope? Not only are they bags of fun, you get to familiarise yourself with whizzing around on real snow, without the expense of an overseas jaunt.
To find out more, check out an indoor snow slope near you:
The Snow Centre, Hertfordshire
Snow Factor, Glasgow
Chill Factore, Manchester
Snozone, Buckinghamshire and Yorkshire
SnowDome, Staffordshire

Read more
According to a poll carried out by LA Fitness in 2013, the number one New Year’s Resolution was to read more. If this tops your list, why not join a book club? Facebook is a great place to look for clubs near you, where you can meet new people to discuss opinions and share ideas. If you prefer all your reading to take place firmly curled up the sofa, join an online club like Richard and Judy’s

Get snap happy
The age of social media has meant that now more than ever, we want our holiday pictures to look good. Envy-inducing good. So if your photo albums are full of out-of-focus cultural landmarks and and thumb-covered family shots, try a photography course. Find a workshop local to you, or Jessops sell a range of online courses.

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