You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or so the saying goes at least. Luckily for all of us, the same doesn’t apply to humans. There are plenty of new experiences out there which suit beginners of all ages and you’re never too old to tackle a new hobby, pastime, sport of skill. If you’re hurtling towards retirement age and fretting about the threat of boredom once you stop working then do not fear, there are plenty of new things you can try to fill your spare time. Even if you’re not lucky enough to be giving up work, but want to take up a new hobby to revitalise you on your days off then there are plenty of exciting and challenging things to have a go at, regardless of your age. Lessons or one-off taster sessions offer a great way to try your hand at something you’ve always dreamed of, or sample a new hobby to see if you like it. They also represent great 60th birthday ideas, retirement gifts, Christmas presents or treats for a loved one at any time of year. Here’s some of our favourite new activities to try out, without letting your age get in the way.


Midlife Couple Learns GolfThis gentle sport offers a perfect combination of light exercise, skill and a competitive edge. Many seniors you might see frequenting your local golf club may have been playing the game their whole lives but don’t let that put you off. Lots of people do find themselves asking, “am I too old to learn golf?” But while it’s a difficult sport to master it is simple to learn and there are plenty of high quality teachers around the country who will get you started and teeing off in no time.


Poker continues to grow in popularity, especially since the advent of online gaming. But more and more people are switching onto the social side of playing poker in pubs or casinos and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the thrill of the game without risking wads of your hard-earned cash. Many regular sessions at pubs welcome beginners, while casinos around the country offer poker lessons or poker experience sessions to ease you in gently. Doyle Brunson, arguably the greatest living poker player, is still going strong at the age of 78 and regularly shows the young bucks on the poker scene a thing or two.


Ok, you might not get accepted into the RAF or earn your commercial pilot’s licence if you’re pushing 65, but you can still get behind the controls of a small aircraft, microlight or glider. In fact there are no upper age limits on learning to fly. Introductory lessons around the country can have you taking to the skies within half an hour and you’ll get a fully supervised stint in control of your vehicle as well. If you like it, there’s nothing to stop you sticking with it to try and gain the necessary hours and skills to earn your private pilot’s licence.


This article has been created by Activity Superstore, the UK’s leading gift experience days supplier.