There are very many other hobbies and pastimes that people do in their
Possible interests range from amateur radio to train spotting, and from
bell ringing to model railways. There is an overlap between some of
them and other hobbies such as various forms of collecting
and playing games.
Some of the main organisations
involved are listed below, and more information on the specific activities
is available from them.
Certain of these
activities like astronomy or electronics may lead on to a more formal
course of study (see learning hobbies and
Radio Society of Great Britain www.rsgb.org.uk/
UK Radio Society www.ukrs.org/
Change Ringing Resources www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~rb/ringing/
British Electric Flight Association members.netscapeonline.co.uk/
British Model Flying Association www.bmfa.org/
Model Electronic Railway Group home.freeuk.net/merg/
Model Railway Club 0207 837 2542
Train Collectors Society 01525 402545
British Model Soldier Society www.btinternet.com/~model.soldiers/
Model Power Boat Association freespace.virgin.net/a.coburn/
Model Yachting Association for the UK www.radiosailing.org.uk/
Magician's Corner www.tmc.ndo.co.uk/magic.html
National Railway Historical Society UK Chapter www.siam.co.uk/nrhsuk/
British Astronomical Association www.ast.cam.ac.uk/~baa/
Royal Astronomical Society www.ras.org.uk/index.html
Radio Active Magazine
Electronics And Beyond
Everyday Practical Electronics
The Ringing World www.luna.co.uk/~ringingw/
Radio Control Models and Electronics
Model Railway Enthusiast
Toy soldier & Model Figure
Journal of the British Astronomical Association
Find a local group
or club that covers the type of hobby that interests you (see organisations above).
Take a class or course at your local
adult education centre.
Consult books or magazines
on different types of hobbies.
Check in your local library/paper
or education centre for more information.
Skills and people
Most of these are activities that can be
done by people of all ages and both sexes. They are also generally
quite easy to take up, though there may be significant skills and
knowledge involved for those seriously interested.
Some of these other hobbies can easily be done at home on your own.
Amateur radio and model railway building are among them.
like train spotting, flying model aircraft and bell ringing, involve
leaving home and participating with other in the activity. Many people
the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of like minded
This may be an informal group of friends or a more
formal local group. The latter may be important in organising
special event and/or competitions depending on the activity.
Equipment or clothing
Most of these hobbies involve some kind of special equipment, e.g.
radios, model aircraft, railways etc.
In some cases this is
available at the location where the activity is done e.g. bells in the
A place or facilities
The main requirement is an appropriate space for the activity, whether
indoors or outside.
Train spotters obviously need to visit stations
and similar locations.
Groups usually meet either at such special
locations or in a local hall
or room, including sometimes at members' homes.