Here Are 14 New Skills to Learn From the Comfort of Your Home
Spending time at home allows us to do more of the things we love and to learn new skills. Whether you’ve been binge-watching your favourite TV shows, cooking up a storm, or focussing on the garden, we’re sure you’ll find some new ideas of things to do in the list below.
1. Learn how to tie a knot
Knot tying is a handy skill to learn as a camper because its sure to come in handy on future holidays, especially if you’re a tent camper. From a clove hitch to a figure of eight, this guide will give you everything you need to know to become a knot tying pro. All you need is a piece of rope and a little bit of patience.
2. Take up birdwatching
Birdwatching’s a great hobby, and once you start, you’ll notice yourself keeping your eyes on the sky a lot more. The RSPB has a really handy bird identifier which helps you to figure out which species you’ve spotted. It’s great for pulling up when you’re on your daily walk or spending time in the garden.
We’re fortunate to have such a variety of both native and migratory birds in the UK, many of which you can spot from our Club Sites. Find out which species you’re likely to see while camping on our Club Sites in our birdwatching guide.
3. Have a go at stargazing
Looking at the night sky is a magical experience. There are so many great places in the UK to stargaze but starting in your garden is a great option. The National Trust has a great beginners guide to stargazing. Choose a night when the sky’s nice and clear, wrap up warm and find a comfortable spot in your garden to get started.
Did you know that you can sometimes see the northern lights in the UK? It’s rare but if you’re lucky enough to catch it, a great sight to behold.
4. Try your hand at bartending
Setting up a “cocktail bar” is great fun and allows you to get creative with the ingredients you have at home. You can pick up ingredients during your weekly shop and tailor each drink to your personal preference. Some of our favourite at-home cocktails include:
- Champagne slushy
- Virgin Cucumber Gimlet
- Classic G&T
Get your mocktail inspiration here or check out Town & Country Magazine's easy at home cocktails.
5. Try making your own soap
Using soap is a great way to save on plastic, with most bars using much less than a bottle of shower gel. Why not take the plunge and start making your own at home? Here’s a great tutorial, listing everything you’ll need to buy. Find more ideas on eco-friendly camping here.
6. Master the home workout
For many, staying at home is taking a toll on our bodies. Try and get out for a walk every day and until we can get you back out into the great outdoors, we’ve compiled some of the best exercises to do at home.
7. Learn to identify flowers
Flower identification is a great skill to have and adds an interesting element to your daily outdoor exercise. Gardeners World has a great guide to common flowers.
8. Learn a new language
There are online self-led, and teacher taught courses to learn almost any language you’d like. French, Spanish and German are great options for beginners and will come in handy on your next overseas holiday.
9. Get baking
Baking is a much-loved hobby by many but sometimes gets pushed aside due to busy lifestyles. While you have extra time at home, spend some time perfecting your favourite tasty treats. Here are some great recipes to try out:
By the time you’ve perfected the method, you’ll be able to bake up a storm, ready to take some of your favourite creations on your next camping trip.
10. Start a writing project
Whether you’ve always fancied yourself as a novelist or perhaps a poet, now is a great time to sit down and channel your inner creativity. Some ideas to get you started:
- Set up a blog on a topic you’re passionate about and challenge yourself to post once a day
- Write a novel in a month by giving yourself a daily word count to hit
- Start writing what comes to mind into a blank document and see what you end up with
Don’t put any pressure on yourself and remember that you don’t have to show anyone what you’ve created. The most important thing is that you enjoy the process. Here’s a helpful guide on how to start writing daily.
11. Try your hand at gardening
If you have a garden and don’t already enjoy tending to it, now is a great time to learn essential maintenance skills. Weeding, planting, watering and aerating your soil are some of the tasks you can set yourself. Gardening can be a time-consuming task, but there’s so much satisfaction gained once you've finished a job. Read the RHS beginners guide to gardening to get started.
If you don’t have an outdoor space, there are so many creative ways to grow plants indoors. Here’s a beginner’s guide that will give you all the skills you need to create your own indoor garden.
12. Knit yourself a new staple
Once you learn the basics of how to knit, you won’t want to stop. You can find all kinds of different knitting patterns and tutorials online. Why not try making something you can use on your next camping holiday? Here’s a few ideas for beginners:
13. Learn the art of calligraphy
Calligraphy can look beautiful on the front of cards and letters. If you’re sending post to friends and loved ones, why not upskill and add personalised touches to their mail? You can buy starter kits online and there are plenty of beginners guides to follow.
14. Teach yourself to play a musical instrument
Learning any new instrument requires discipline, practise and patience. There are plenty of online tutorials for different instruments. Choose any from the list below or try something different.
If you’re still looking for things to do, head to our holiday ideas page for inspiration for your next camping holiday, as well as things you can do at home.