New Year, New You – Discover a Hobby

Posted : January 10, 2022

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

It’s 2022! Happy New Year to all. You know what comes next—time to sit down and decide what your New Year’s resolution is going to be… assuming you are the resolution type, that is. If you’re looking for something new this year but you’re not exactly sure what, we at York Durham Headwaters have a few suggestions that are not only achievable, but that are fun as well!

Everyone should have a hobby, and everyone should try a bunch of different things to see what they’re going to like well enough to pursue. No two of us are the same, so why pick the same old hobby as everyone else? All around YDH we have artisans, makers, culinary creators and general all-around doers that are eager to share with you the unique hobbies and activities they are passionate about.

Here are just a few of the things you can try to discover your new favourite hobby for 2022.

Workshops from the Aurora Cultural Centre

Aurora Cultural Centre

Culture is an all-encompassing word which includes everything from visual arts to movement to music to writing. The Aurora Cultural Centre is offering a slate of amazing workshops and classes in 2022 that you’ll definitely want to check out if you’re on the hunt for a new hobby. There is truly something for everyone. Want to learn to play the guitar or the ukulele? There is a class for that. Learn to paint in watercolours, or acrylics. Make stained glass. Make floral pin beads. Learn calligraphy. Draw and sketch. Your new favourite pastime awaits in Aurora. Be sure to sign up in advance to secure your place, and review the centre’s COVID-19 protocols. Note: Due to health and safety measures, the Aurora Cultural Centre anticipates holding workshops in different venues around Aurora.

Sign up for your workshop and find out more at:

Learn to Cook with The Chef Upstairs

The Chef Upstairs

You can knock two resolutions off your list with this new hobby. Not only will you pick up new and wonderful culinary skills, you’ll also solve the age-old question and never again have to lament, “What the heck is for dinner?!” In Vaughan, The Chef Upstairs offers both virtual and in-studio cooking classes where you will learn to make a full meal consisting of several courses—from scratch! In-studio classes are a mix of fun and learning through an interactive, team-oriented program under the guidance of an experienced chef, who will offer tips and tricks based on their own personal experiences. The best part of this hobby is that you get to eat your delectable creations at the end of the workshop! The virtual versions offer the same experience and guidance, but from the comfort of your home.

Get started on your culinary adventure by booking your classes here:

Get Crafty at Element Inspired

Element Inspired

There is no end to the things that creativity can bring to life. At Element Inspired in Erin, artisans and makers of a diverse range of skills share their knowledge and love of what they do through their own workshops. Maker Jessica Wisniewski is the driving force behind this shop of nature-inspired stained glass (among other wonderful things), and she has opened her retail space to help support other makers and artisans. This means that signing up for a workshop will leave you feeling doubly good about your 2022 resolution—you’ll learn a new skill and you’ll support local artists and makers. Past workshops have included watercolour batik art cards, custom farmhouse signs, mystic moon planters and, of course, stained glass making. New workshops for the new year are on the way.

To see what Jessica and her fellow makers have in store for you, visit:

Family Art Classes at A Gift of Art

Landcape Painting Outside

Take your artistic abilities to the next level and get the whole family involved. In Newcastle, the artists from A Gift of Art have a new complement of workshops, in-person classes and Zoom workshops lined up and waiting for your 2022 adventure. And with the whole family getting in on the fun, you may discover talents in your loved ones that you never dreamed were there. It’s a lesson in discovery on many levels, and it’s a wonderful way for your family to spend more time together making memories while you all learn new techniques and artistic skills. Now that is a hobby worth exploring! Be sure to check the website for COVID-19 protocols and updates.

For available classes and to make your family’s reservation, visit:

Story by Katherine Ryalen

Don’t miss the other posts in our New Year, New You series. For more inspiration on how to make 2022 the best it’s ever been, check out these articles:

New Year, New You – Do More Date Nights

New Year, New You – Get Outside More

New Year, New You – Try Something New

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