Nostalgic hobbies are back in fashion, including cross stitch and flower arranging

Research with 2,000 adults found that “retro hobbies” that involve arts and crafts – like sewing and model making – or going outside – like bird watching – are in vogue.

Research with 2,000 adults found that “retro hobbies” that involve arts and crafts – like sewing and model making – or going outside – like bird watching – are in vogue.

While gardening and kneading dough are also popular activities.

More than a quarter (26 per cent) said the appeal of these hobbies is mainly due to escaping the stresses and strains of modern life – as they try to find respite through simple pleasures.

Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula, the research 53% would like to pursue a new hobby.

A spokesperson for the skincare brand said: “We shouldn’t underestimate the physical and mental benefits that a ‘hands-on hobby’ can bring to our lives.

“Hobbies like sewing, painting or birdwatching may seem old-fashioned, but the relaxing and rewarding nature of these pursuits is clearly not lost on the British public.”

The average Brit has three ‘active’ hobbies to fill their free time, but 76% still have room in their schedule to try something new.

As a result, 10% would like to try their hand at growing their own food in a garden or vegetable patch, and 9% think they would succeed in making their own bread.

Traditional crafts are also seeing a resurgence, with Brits keen to take up pottery, calligraphy and crochet.

More than a quarter (27 percent) have taken up a new hobby in the past year, while 25 percent have maintained a hobby for more than a decade.

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It also emerged that 28% keep coming back to a hobby because they enjoy getting lost in an activity they enjoy, while 37% enjoy activities that fill their time, without breaking the bank.

And 44% think you know you’ve discovered the hobby that’s right for you when you find it completely engrossing.

One in four (27%) said their traditional hobby brought them joy, and 25% felt it was good for their mental health.

While 46% of respondents, via, think it has become more fashionable to have a hobby.

And 64% want to encourage those who don’t have a hobby to find one, believing that there is a hobby that suits everyone.

Every year the average Brit spends £215.83 and seven full days pursuing personal interests.

But three in five are happiest when indulging in their hobbies, and 35% believe their free time activities are an integral part of who they are.

A spokesperson added: “Norwegian Formula has spent 50 years supporting hard working hands and we hope this new research will inspire budding new enthusiasts to learn something new.

“From our findings, we can see that maintaining a new interest doesn’t have to cost the earth or take up all of your free time for it to benefit your mental health and overall happiness.”

Top 25 ‘hands-on’ hobbies in the UK

  1. Gardening
  2. Bake / bake bread
  3. Puzzles
  4. Bird watching
  5. Play board and card games
  6. growing food
  7. Knitting
  8. Coloring books
  9. Sewing
  10. Collecting records
  11. Cross stitch
  12. Philately
  13. Collecting coins
  14. Modeling
  15. Paint watercolors
  16. Crochet
  17. Embroidery
  18. Computer programming
  19. Candle making
  20. Scrapbooking
  21. The Woodcraft
  22. flower arrangement
  23. Model railways
  24. Sweet manufacturing
  25. cheese making

Rosalie M. Dehner