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Monday, 27 June 2011

Guide to leisure pursuits for over 50s

If you are over 50, you may have more time for leisure. Find out more about what you could be doing and how to look for a new interest or activity in your spare time.

Research your local, family or house history

Are you interested in history but unsure how to find out more? You might want to discover more about the history of your family, locality or house. Find out how to get started in this rewarding hobby and what sources of information you can use.

Libraries and books

Would you like to get good book suggestions or details of local reading groups? Perhaps you would like to rent a DVD or CDs, or use the internet free of charge, or get help with literacy skills. Your local library offers all these services. Many libraries are also online, so you can search catalogues and renew loans from your home.

Museums and galleries

Want a day out that is fun and educational at the same time? You could try visiting a museum or gallery. There are hundreds of galleries and museums all over the UK that cater for a wide range of interests and tastes. From local history to modern art, dinosaurs to space rockets, there's something for everybody.

Learn a new skill

Learning doesn't have to be formal and you don't have to learn for a qualification. Learning can be fun and a great way to relax and socialise. You might want to develop an existing interest or learn something new.

Leisure activities in your local area

You can find out about leisure activities for over 50s in your area on your local authority website. This may include cultural, sporting and other organised social activities. The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website.

Enjoying waterways

Do you fancy just messing about in boats? You could punt down the river or perhaps pilot a long boat down the canal. Find out more about what you can do on waterways and how you can enjoy the benefits of taking a stroll by the water.

Parks and green spaces

You can find many green and pleasant open spaces in the UK where you can have a picnic, play cricket or watch out for wildlife. These range from a small village green to one of the vast National Parks. Have a picnic, play cricket or go hiking in the hills - there's a whole host of activities for you to enjoy.

Trails and walks

Taking a walk in the countryside is a great way to discover new places and enjoy the variety and beauty of the British landscape. There are all kinds of walks, trails and routes to choose from. Whether you are a committed hiker or a casual rambler, you'll find something suited to your interests and abilities.

Sports facilities and events

You can improve your fitness by spending just 30 minutes a day on a physical activity such as gardening, swimming, or walking. It's also easy to find local leisure facilities where you can go for sporting activities such as tennis, squash or keep fit classes.

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