Taking up a new hobby in Didcot in 2020

January is traditionally a month for trying something new. I’ve rounded up some options for learning a new hobby in Didcot in January 2020. Read on for hobby suggestions, from dancing to photography and running.

1. Ceroc

This dance is a blend of jive and salsa moves. Ceroc Oxford meet from 8-11pm on Thursday evenings at Didcot Civic Hall. Beginners always welcome.

2. Mindfulness Photography

Melita Kyle, a local photographer and holistic therapist, is offering walks to encourage people to take photographs in a mindful way. Walks run on alternate Saturday and Thursday mornings from 10am for 1.5-2 hours. Locations will be around Didcot, Abingdon, Wallingford and Streatley. Full details and booking information on Melita’s website.

3. Learn to paint

Cornerstone are offering a learn to paint course from 7.30-9pm Thursday 16 January-Thursday 23 March. The course costs £85 and is suitable for complete beginners. Book via the Cornerstone box office.

4. Running

Didcot Runners are starting a beginner’s running course at 7pm on Thursday 23 January. This is a 9 week course, building up to a 5km distance.​ Runs will take place from Cornerstone and Didcot Football Club. The course costs £26; further information on the Didcot Runners website.

5. Line Dancing

Perfect if you fancy learning simple and fun dance steps. Learn basic beginners routines every Thursday 1.30-2.30pm at the Marlborough Club. £6 per class. Ring Laura on 0744 3630939 to book.

6. Join a choir

Vocalize Community Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7.15-8.45pm at UTC, Didcot. Learn a mix of songs from musicals, chart hits and oldies, all chosen by the choir members. Costs £5 per session or £50 for 12 week session.

7. Ballet for adults

Another Cornerstone class; this time a class for those who want to try ballet for the first time or existing dancers looking to improve their skills. Runs from 8.30-9.30pm Wednesday 15 January to Wednesday 25 March. Costs £75, book via Cornerstone box office.

8. Play Korfball

If you fancy learning a new sport why not give korfball a go? It’s a ball sport, similar to netball and basketball. Didcot Dragons Korfball group train at 8pm every Tuesday at Willowbrook Leisure Centre, Didcot. There’s a beginner’s session on Tuesday 14 January; the first three sessions are free. Contact the club via the Didcot Dragons Korfball Facebook page.

9. Learn ukulele

The ukulele is a good instrument to learn, and it’s a great sociable activity if you join a group. Karina Jordan offers group workshops and ukulele lessons – read my experience here. Contact Karina on 07967 044993.

10. Tai Chi

You can learn Tai Chi on Wednesday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm at Didcot Methodist Hall. £16 per session. Contact Alan on 01491 200471.

I hope you enjoy these suggestions for taking up a new hobby in Didcot. Let me know if you have any alternative ideas!

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