Perhaps bowls is more your thing? Sherborne St John short mat bowl club meets at the Chute Pavilion throughout the year. They are always pleased to welcome new members. Loddon Vale Indoor Bowling Club is based on the Leisure Park and has walk in sessions for new bowlers.
If you are looking for a regular walk in your local area take a look at Basingstoke Wellbeing Walks. These walks are a great way to help stay active whilst enjoying local, natural spaces in the company of others. The social side of walking can be as important for wellbeing as the walk itself. For more information please visit the Basingstoke Voluntary website.
Clubs, social groups and societies
Libraries are a great place to start looking for a group that might be of interest to you. We have a number of libraries in Basingstoke and Deane: Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Tadley, Chineham, Whitchurch and Overton.
Basingstoke Discovery Centre, located in Festival Place, offers lots of regular groups and activities including a weekly storytime for adults where you can sit back and relax for half an hour whilst one of the library staff read aloud to you. If craft is more your thing they have both a Craft and Natter group and a Knit and Natter group that meet in their refreshment area regularly.
Tadley Library have game groups, reading and knit and knatter sessions. Chineham Library runs a Talking Tuesday session.
Age Concern Hampshire offers a range of services and activities to help promote wellbeing and support older people in the local area. They hold social groups in Popley, Winklebury, South Ham and Kingsclere.
The U3a offers a whole range of activities to get involved with you are bound to find a group that shares your interests. Their more creative members come together in groups like calligraphy, art, crafts, patchwork quilting, creative writing, photography and card making - to name just a few!! Beginners join with more experienced colleagues to learn from them, and everyone is always welcome. Some members dance or sing, walk or cycle, learn about science, or research their family history. Others play board games, cards or take part in sport and quizzes. Many just go on holiday or have a lunch together.
Other groups that meet in and around the area include the Basingstoke and District Model Engineering Society, Basingstoke and District Railway Society and Basingstoke Shed.
Taking on voluntary work can be extremely rewarding. Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) is the professional help and advice centre for voluntary organisations in Basingstoke and Deane. If you would like to volunteer visit their website to find local volunteering opportunities in the area or phone 01256 423816.
Perhaps you feel like learning something new now you have a bit more time. Local libraries are a great place to look for short courses. You can also take a look at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) which offers both educational and leisure courses providing you with the opportunity to meet new people whilst you learn. So if you fancy learning to sew or bread making for beginners take a look.