New hobbies for the discerning gentleman this Autumn

October is here yet it seems just moments since our long, gorgeous summer. As our autumnal body clocks begin to adjust, many of us are itching to think about ‘what next’. As the nights draw in it’s a great time to be learning something new or embarking on a new project. We have listed some of our favourite new hobbies below.

1. Classic car restoration

With modern cars resembling more of a computer than a mechanical machine these days, owning an old car can be a great way to live your inner ‘grease monkey’. Learn the basics of mechanical engineering and build upon your problem-solving skills, by buying a beaten-up classic. It can be expensive, but with restored classic cars prices holding their own, if after all your hard work you can bring yourself to sell then you may well make a bob or two.

Read Holtsauto.com beginners guide here.


2. Chess

Benjamin Franklin once argued that playing chess created “valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, that are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready for all occasions. For Life is a kind of Chess…”. A timeless game of strategy Chess remains one of the best games to fine tune your concentration and critical thinking.

Hone your skills at www.Chess.com.

3. Sport (we love tennis!)

Picking up a new sport can be a lot of fun. Learning something new, studying strategy, getting to grips with the basics and of course, researching the kit! Here at SCRUBD HQ we are big tennis fans, and it’s been great learning more about the sport outside the (what can sometimes be) short term interest around Wimbledon fortnight.

Which sport is for you? Check out the BBC’s fun guide here (apparently I should be a boxer!)

4. Flying

Many amateur pilots say that there is nothing like the pure freedom and exhilaration of flying. Maybe one of the manliest things you can do, it is also one of the most expensive. You will need to be prepared to invest both time and money but what a way to impress your friends and family. Chocks away Ginger!

Check out the Civil Aviation Authorities guide to starting here.

5. Furniture making

Imagine how satisfying it must be to say, ‘I made that’, whilst showing your guests to their seats at your new kitchen table. Not only that, but many wood working hobbyists report lower stress levels and increased patience. There are a whole host of classes to chose from this autumn/winter.

Find your course at Hotcourses.com – here.