At this time of year, when the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, going outside is less appealing and it can be tempting to not do much, but here are some indoor activity suggestions for you to try.
During autumn and winter going outside is less inviting so you could be persuaded not to do too much.
This doesn’t have to be the case as there are lots of fun indoor activities you can do, regardless of age or fitness level. From board games to museum trips, we’ve put together a guide to the best indoor activities you can enjoy this autumn and winter to help stir your imagination. Let’s look at what you can try over the cooler seasons.
Arts and crafts
If you think arts and crafts activities are something you can only do with your grandchildren, then think again. It is something that people of all ages can enjoy and is especially great for people who are unable to get out much.
So, for example, people who suffer from health issues, like foot problems and therefore need specialist wide fitting shoes, can try arts and crafts to keep busy whilst seated.
There are lots of autumn, winter and Christmas crafts that you can try at home. Gathered.how recommends creating cards, bunting or outfits during autumn.
If you are doing arts and crafts with your grandchildren, then Crafts on Sea recommends some specific winter and Christmas crafts that you can do, including snowflake crafts, a snowflake paper plate twirler, winter tree paintings and other winter decorations.
According to Seniors Matter, arts and crafts also have lots of health benefits:
- They reduce anxiety and feelings of isolation - They can build your confidence - Improves physical health
Sewing has been around for thousands of years but it has undergone a resurgence recently, with lots of sewing groups popping up across the UK.
One such group is London-based Sew Over It that offers sewing classes, courses and sewing equipment to members.
You can use cross stitch to produce pictures that can be framed or turned into a gift card. Cross stitch is also very simple to learn, so people of all ages can have a go.
But, what makes needlecraft a great indoor activity in autumn and winter? There are lots of benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety by encouraging mindfulness and feelings of relaxation.
It also improves your hand-eye coordination, happiness, exercises the mind and can be used to fight dementia.
Beginners should look to start with simple projects like creating cushion covers and simple skirts before moving on to more complex tasks like quilts.
Setting aside an afternoon to try and complete a puzzle or to play a board game is a great indoor activity you can enjoy this autumn or winter.
Puzzles and board games make you use your problem-solving skills and dexterity.
There are so many puzzles and board games out there that you can easily find exactly the kind of product you are after. Plus, with the internet, it makes it easy for you to purchase them. Below are just some of the places you should look for both puzzles and board games.
As the weather turns cold outside, you could also consider heading to your local leisure centre and going for a swim.
Swimming is a de-stressing activity that boasts a lot of health benefits as it is good for your joints and can help those of you suffering from swollen feet, ankles and legs.
If you are looking for a special location to swim, then you should consider heading to the Thermae Bath Spa as it is home to an iconic rooftop pool that overlooks the city.
As well as the open-air rooftop pool, there is the Minerva Bath, a Wellness Suite and a range of spa treatments that you can enjoy during your trip. It’s a very popular destination, so consider booking ahead.
If you’re looking after the grandchildren or just want to get out of the house, then another great indoor activity you could consider in the autumn and winter months is visiting a museum.
There are thousands of museums across the UK that are full of historic artefacts, treasures, new technologies and historic works of art. You should look out for exhibits you and your relatives might enjoy, as well as temporary exhibitions that are being displayed over the winter months.
So, if you’re interested in world cultures, history, science or rural living, there’s something for everyone.
Diving into a new book can transport you into a new world and the great thing about reading is that there is a book for everyone.
You can read a book in the comfort of your own home and it is a fantastic way to pass the time, especially if the weather is miserable outside.
Reading has a variety of health benefits as studies have shown it can reduce memory decline and improve your social skills.
Many book clubs have become virtual and there are lots of online book clubs that you can join. Here we list the top five that you can choose from to help make your reading experience even better.
- Good Housekeeping – The monthly magazine has its own book club and each month they pick a new book for their members to read. Their Facebook page also allows you to interact with over 31,000 members.
- The Willoughby Book Club – A subscription-based book club allows you to gift a book club package to friends as well as treating yourself to one. You can get your hands on the very best up-and-coming titles.
- Richard & Judy - Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, the former This Morning hosts, run a book club that has more than 83,000 followers. The couple share their views and opinions on different books.
- Reading Groups for Everyone – Designed to put you in touch with your local reading clubs as you can enter your postcode to find out the nearest groups to your home. They also share round-ups about new books and interview celebrities for recommendations.
From Victoria Sponge to chocolate brownies, there is no doubt that the UK loves cakes and bakes, especially when served with a cup of tea!
Baking is more than just creating a delicious, culinary masterpiece. It’s about relaxing and unwinding as it has been proven to reduce stress and help people suffering from dementia.
It is an indoor activity that Gransnet thoroughly recommend trying with your grandchildren: “Top of many grandparents list of things to do indoors is baking. Cupcakes, muffins, biscuits - it's the perfect time to bond and for kids to learn fine motor skills as well as try out their maths. And the most obvious benefit is, there's something delicious to share at the end.”
What are the best indoor activities to enjoy in the autumn and winter?
Just because the weather is bad outside doesn’t mean you can’t do anything as there are lots of indoor activities you can try. As well as the recommendations above, we’ve added some more to this easy-to-follow list:
Arts and crafts
Puzzles and board games
Visit a museum
Join a book club
We hope we have given you some inspiration for things to do at this time of year. Whether alone or with family or friends, there are options for everyone's ability and enjoyment.