People have hobbies all over the world, but there are some that seem to be peculiar to British culture. By tradition, many of them are craft related but there are others that may surprise you a little.
Making Jams And Marmalades
This is a very practical pastime that first originated many centuries ago. In the months when there is an abundance of fresh fruit, the jam pans will come out and people all over the country will make these delicious products at home. The beauty of them is that they keep well, and you can still be eating the last lot up until it is time to start making the next. There is nothing to beat the taste of homemade jams and marmalades on some freshly buttered hot toast.
There are more people that enjoy this hobby than is sometimes realised. For those who love nature and own a pair of binoculars, it is great to get out in all weathers looking for species they have perhaps not seen before. You just have to make sure that you are dressed for the weather and move as quietly as you can so as not to scare the birds away.
The British love collecting things and there is an old English adage that says that one person’s junk is another person’s treasure. The collections range from rare stamps to pieces of pottery, or from glassware to vinyl records. The British will save anything that takes their fancy, and sometimes the build collections that are amazing.
Model trains are not something just little boys play with in the UK. Men and women of all ages collect model trains and build tunnels and landscapes to go with them. Often, it is a love carried forward from childhood, but that does not stop them turning a whole room of their home over to their model train layout.
Traditionally, bingo was thought of as a game for elderly people. It was played in church halls and in schools, usually once or twice a week. Then came the era of commercial bingo halls, and they attracted younger generations too. Most towns and cities have at least one bingo hall, and in spite of being able to play this game online, the physical places still attract a large number of players.
As a craft that used to be passed down the generations with mothers teaching daughters how to knit, this is one very useful hobby that is still popular in the UK. It is quite amazing what can be made with two needles and some yarn, and generally, these hand made garments and toys are a lot cheaper than their equivalent in the shops.
Apart from a good and comfortable pair of walking shoes, there is very little cost involved with rambling. Whole families join rambling clubs and walk for hours through the countryside. The British countryside is ideal for this type of hobby, and it also helps to keep the walkers healthy.
To some people, some of the British hobbies may seem outdated. In this digital world we live, you might think they would start to disappear. However, the opposite seems to be happening and more people are taking part in these and many other hobbies that are traditionally British.