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3 Game-changing New Hobbies to Take Up in 2020

· Emma Cooke · Culture

Make 2020 the year you try something new.

Neon Workshops

With the whole year ahead of you, there’s no better time to pick up a new hobby and these three are well worth trying.

A brand new year is the perfect time to pick up a brand new hobby, so if you want to shake your free time up, cast your eyes over these unusual activities. You can go for active pursuits like bouldering and get to grips with tricky climbs or combine creativity with science by learning how to make quirky neon sculptures. Whatever you do, you might just discover something you love so go on, give it a whirl.

Learn the art of screen printing

Fabric Screen Printing at Leeds Print Workshop

You can unleash your inner artist with a screen printing course at Leeds Print Workshop. It’s a city-centre studio that makes printmaking accessible to everyone. They offer workshops that last anywhere from two days to five weeks. You can create quirky A3 paper prints and gift cards or try their textile sessions, where you can take home your own unique fabric to turn into anything you like. Whatever you go for, your experienced tutor will teach you how to work with stencils and layer colours, while getting you familiar with the blank screens.

Leeds Print Workshop, 130 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL. Workshops start from £110 and take place throughout the year.

Get to grips with bouldering

The Climbing Lab, Leeds

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Bouldering is a great way to stay active and there’s no better place to do it than at The Climbing Lab. It’s a state-of-the-art bouldering centre with top-out climbing, overhangs and circuit boards for training. They also do an introductory course so you can go climbing independently in no time. The friendly instructors are climbers themselves, so you’ll be in safe hands as you get familiar with basic gripping techniques and safety measures. Once you’ve completed the hour-long session, you’ll have free-reign to hone your skills whenever you like, both indoors and outdoors.

The Climbing Lab, Kirkstall Industrial Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ. Entry starts from £7 for adults and £6 for children.

Get creative with neon gas

Neon Workshops

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Neon Workshops have created eye-catching artworks for Headrow House and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, so they’re your go-to guys to learn how to make your own. Try it yourself at one of their full-day workshops. Designed for just six people, you’ll get plenty of one-to-one guidance from their two expert neon artists. From transforming your ideas into 3-D sculptures to filling up the glass tubes with gas, it’s a hands-on experience and you’ll leave with your own unique piece of artwork.

Neon Workshops, 70b George Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1DL. One day intensive workshops are £330 and take place throughout the year.