It’s with embarrassment that I must admit my lack of hobbies. Aside from reading, writing and wellbeing; my interests largely revolve around food, drink and socialising!
I just don’t seem to have found my ‘thing’. My creative talents are non-existent although I do enjoy lobbing paint on an empty egg box with the toddler and I have found myself passing the time with an adult colouring book. The intentions were there for the crafts – the crochet yarn, the sewing machine, the scrapbooks, the jam jars, the candle making kit…I’ve got the lot safely stored in the cupboards, all as yet untouched. Team or competitive sports also not my greatest strength…my attempt to learn to play tennis as an adult was pretty similar to my childhood experience, an epic fail resulting in tears of humiliation. And let’s not focus too much either on my inability to learn any form of Zumba, aerobics, street dance routine…dancing round my handbag at your cheesiest club in town, well, then I’m your girl.
I could go on but it’s nothing to be proud of. Lack of time, lack of passion, lack of skill…I just don’t know. I’m sure you are all busy bees filling your time…but, just in case you too are looking for a new pastime pleasure…here’s some inspiration.
- Cellar Door Wines: regular wine tastings, follow their Facebook page for event details
- Hertfordshire Wine School: evening tastings or 4 / 8 week wine courses
- Majestic Wines: look at their events calendar for upcoming tasting events
- The Beer Shop: regular beer tasting events
- Tomoka Spirits Boutique: champagne and spirit tasting events.
- ArtHouse 16: classes on Fridays 10.30am
- Liz Rogers Art: weekly art classes, daytime and evening. Six week courses. Full day workshops.
- Colour Me In Art School: classes on Tuesdays 8-9:30pm.
Using Static Trapeze, Silks, Rope, Hoop and Aerial Hammocks. Classes held at Herts Dance and Fitness.
The Cobbled Kitchen: one to one cooking classes, 3-part beginners cookery course, cookery social with friends, daytime cookery club.
Get creative with a ‘Make Your Own Terrarium’ or a ‘Furniture Painting’ workshop at Cositas, 32-34 Holywell Hill, St Albans. See website for details of upcoming workshops.
Dance fitness class to club anthems, taught in a darkened room with disco lights and glow sticks. Classes are drop-in so no need to book in advance. Timetable of classes available here >
FoodSmiles is a community agriculture project. Subscribers work together to grow organic food at Hammonds End Farm, on the edge of Harpenden (new St Albans site due to open soon). Main times for working on the land are Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
Go back to college
Take a community learning course at Oaklands College: Courses include: Spanish, Printmaking, Creative writing, Public speaking, Pottery making.
Rachel Jeffrey Jewellery School: Beginners class on Tuesday evenings. You’ll make either a Ring or Bangle, then Pendant, Cufflinks or Earrings. Other courses also available. Wheathampstead venue.
Life drawing St Albans: Monday evenings or Sunday afternoons. Trestle Arts Base, St Albans.
- Mindful Pathway: 8 week mindfulness courses and 1 day retreats
- Rise n Shine: mindful parenting courses and drop-in mindfulness practice sessions.
- Abbey Flyers Netball Club: Tuesdays 8.30pm, Sandringham School. Details can be found on their Facebook page.
- Mum’s Netball Group: Wednesdays 8pm, on the courts next to Spencer Sports Hall in Sandridge. Join the Facebook group to let them know you’re interested.
Philosophy in St Albans: Practical Philosophy course – ten evening classes beginning on Wednesday 10 May, 7.30-9.45 pm. At Friends’ Meeting House, Upper Lattimore Road, St Albans. Find out more and register on the website.
Stephanie Belton photography course: Five week beginners course starting w/c 7th June 2017 on Wednesday evenings, 8:15pm-10:15pm.
There is no shortage of places to do Pilates in St Albans, here are some that our members go to:
Play the Ukuele
The St Albans Ukulele Club meets every Wednesday (during term times) at the Crown Pub, 144-146 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, 8-9pm. Bring a uke and join the fun. All welcome, no experience necessary.
Flow Motion Pole Fitness: Classes run as a monthly courses, choose from 8 evening classes a week, held at two St Albans venues – details are on the website.
Athena women’s running group: St Albans, 8 week beginners training. On completion become a member to attend social or development sessions.
Join a choir: Mamas with Voices is a choir for the Mums of St Albans to get together and sing gospel, soul, and pop. Wednesday evenings (term time), 7.45-9.45pm. Small Hall, Garden Fields JMI School, Townsend Drive, St Albans.
Take to the slopes or book up for a skiing lesson at Hemel Snow Centre.
Tuesday evenings, 7.45-11:00pm at the Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans. Beginners welcome. Visit the Jive Swing website for more details.
- Abbey Theatre membership – become a member to take part in auditions, training and social gatherings. You’ll also be entitled to discounted tickets and able to apply for backstage and front of house roles etc
- St Albans Musical Theatre Company – get involved with on stage or behind the scenes roles.
- BOUNCE: Performed on mini trampolines, ((BOUNCE))™ makes exercise fun with choreographed dance routines. Daytime and evening classes.
- Gravity Force: General trampoline sessions or there are some evening classes which are a 1 hour high intensity – low impact structured fitness class.
- Good Neighbour Scheme: visit the website to volunteer for befriending, grocery shopping, or DIY help.
- St Albans Cathedral Volunteers: roles include helping with the day-to-day running of the Cathedral and offering a warm welcome to visitors. Visit the website to see all the different activities you can volunteer for.
- Volunteer St Albans: visit the website for current volunteering opportunities and application details.
The Women’s Institute
Herts Belles: St Albans W.I. They meet on the third Wednesday of the month at the Jubilee Centre, St Albans. Follow their Facebook page for details of upcoming events.
- Clarity Yoga Shala: 65 Hatfield Road, St Albans. Weekly yoga classes including beginners – the next 6 week course for beginners starts on Saturday 6th May. Yoga and wellbeing workshops – and treatments – also available.
- The Yoga Hall: 11 Hatfield Road, St Albans. More than 20 different classes across the week. All classes are ‘drop-in’ so no need to book in advance.
- Yoga with Kirsty Brooks: weekly classes; beginners courses as well as more challenging classes and one day yoga retreats. St Albans venues.
There we go. A long post I admit (sorry!) But hopefully, if you’re looking for a new hobby, you might have found something you like the sound of. Do let me know if you have a different hobby or activity you enjoy which you think deserves a mention. And, if like me, your hobbies consist more of the bath/book/glass of wine type then don’t forget to come along to one of our St Albans book club events (I can’t offer the bath element but I’ll swap it for some great conversation and company instead).
Happy hobbying (not actually a word, but I like it!)