Developing new skills

If you have more time on your hands or maybe you’re looking for things to do in retirement and aren't able to get outside at the moment - why not invest that time in yourself by developing new skills or expanding your mind?

The internet offers worlds of opportunity to enjoy existing hobbies, learn new skills and even discover interests you never knew you had. Don’t wonder what to do in in retirement . All you need is a smartphone, tablet or laptop and you’re off!

We've compiled a few suggestions to help you get started.

Are you a culture vulture?

For arts enthusiasts missing their gallery trips, did you know you can explore many of the world's most famous museums from the comfort of your own home? Google's Art & Culture programme has partnered with LA’s J Paul Getty Museum and London’s Natural History Museum among others to let you virtually walk through their galleries, learning more about paintings and exhibits as you go.

If the stage is more your thing, several theatre companies are streaming recordings of shows online for free. Grab your opera glasses and interval drinks and watch world class performances from the comfort of your own sofa.

The National Theatre will be streaming a different production every Thursday, starting with the acclaimed One Man Two Guv’Nors starring James Corden.

Are you a language lover?

If you've always wanted to learn another language but haven't had the time, now is the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself. The popular smartphone app Duolingo gives you free access to extensive foreign language learning programmes, allowing you to learn at your own pace.

You can visit Duolingo's website, sign up for a free account and download their app.

Are you a lifelong learner?

One of the greatest joys in life is to learn simply for the sake of learning. Now is a fantastic time to broaden your horizons, learn new subjects and find new hobbies to do at home . The Open University free online courses lets you explore at your leisure, covering anything from art history to health and psychology.

Are you an aspiring artist?

Why not take the time to refine your drawing and painting skills? The YouTube channel WoW Art provides plenty of short courses on detailing different artistic techniques. They also set regular challenges to give you a chance to put what you've learned into practice. 

Are you a bookworm?

If you love books but miss talking about them, GoodReads has thousands of clubs to join, covering different genres. If you’d rather start your own book club, the BookClubz website allows you to set up your own virtual club – managing invites and helping you stay on top of discussions. It even lets you rate the books you’ve read online.