150 Things To Do In Retirement

150 things to do in retirement and maybe a few more. I love lists and started this one as a way to gather my retirement ideas together. Its just a bit of a brain dump really although I’ve tried to group them into sections to prevent it from becoming overwhelming. So here it is

150 Things To Do In Retirement

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Go on an adventure

Travel/ Adventure

I love to get out and about, to go places and see things, even a day out is a bit like a mini adventure. Living in Derbyshire there is no shortage of places for us to go for a day out. A bit of internet research is going to provide dozens near you too I’m sure.

  • Days out
    • Local attractions
    • Local Towns
    • Go shopping
  • Weekends away
    • The seaside
    • London or another major city
  • Winter abroad
  • Go Skiing
  • A beach holiday
  • Long distance travel
  • A round the world trip
  • Take a bus trip
  • Take a train trip
  • Buy or hire a boat and take a long trip


The visual world is so important to us but something we rarely have time for during our working lives.

  • Visit Art Galleries
  • Take art history course
  • Learn to paint or draw
  • Start an art collection


Apparently, music can help our brains stay young, especially playing a musical instrument.

  • Learn an instrument
  • Listen to music
  • Attend concerts
  • Join a band
  • Join a choir
  • Compose music

Cinema / Theatre

I’m thinking wet afternoons in the cinema or theatre matinees.

  • Go to cinema
  • Go to theatre
  • Join drama society
  • Join Film Club
  • Be a film extra
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Take up Yoga


We need to be fit in order to live a long and happy life and enjoy our things to do in retirement. Fitness does not have to be boring, there are so many options to choose from. Here is just a few idea suitable for the retired.

  • Dancing
  • Walking
    • Walk to the shops
    • Join the Ramblers
    • Country walk
    • Long distance walking trails
  • Yoga/pilates
  • Geocaching
  • Gym
  • Keep Fit


These are all great for sports fans –  watching and taking part in sport, even organising or coaching or helping out at a big event.

  • Attend sporting events
  • Take up a sport
    • Dingy Saling
    • Archery
    • Shooting
    • Golf
    • Fishing
  • Coach or marshall at local sports events

Food and drink

As we get more time we can better attention to what we eat. Is it time to lose weight or eat healthier? Here are a few ideas

  • Learn to cook or do more home cooking
  • Bake cakes
  • Make your own wine or beer
  • Try new foods or cuisines
  • Become a vegetarian
  • Go on picnics
  • Have lunch out
  • Join a lunch or supper club
  • Enter a cooking competition


I remember as a child we always seemed to have time for crafts. Making our own Christmas decorations or a special gift for a friend. As lives got busier we stopped making things for buying them.  Rediscover the pleasure of homemade.

  • Make something
    • Sewing, knitting crochet, lacemaking
    • Woodturning, model building
    • Pottery, glass making
    • Dressmaking
  • Sell your crafts
  • Join a craft circle


Have you always wished you had your own business? Maybe nows the time. If you were self-employed maybe its time to start another. Choose something you can do part-time. It will bring in a little extra cash and keep you occupied

  • Start a business
  • Buy a business


Some of us love gardening and making our outside space beautiful. If you haven’t tried it then give it a go – it’s cheap and therapeutic.

  • Make your garden beautiful
  • Plant boxes and hanging baskets
  • Cultivate houseplants
  • Do gardening for elderly neighbours
Dreams Happen
Dreams Happen


Have you something to say? Or some expertise to share – write it down. I’ve always wanted to write and hence this blog. I have my sights on a book one day but not yet for a year or two.

  • Write a novel or a play
  • Write your autobiography
  • Start a blog
  • Write a journal of your adventures
  • Write poetry


The voluntary sector is huge, there are so many things to choose from. If you cant think what to do try your local volunteer bureaux is a good place to start.

  • Work for a charity
    • Charity Shops
    • Restoration charities
  • Raise money locally
  • Work for the citizen’s advice bureaux
  • Work for the Samaritans
  • Start your own charity
  • Voluntary work overseas
  • Share your skills


Capture the moment, make a digital record of all your retirement adventures. You will love looking back in a few years time.

  • Learn photography
  • Catalogue family photos
  • Digitise old photos
  • Restore old photos


I’ve recently been studying again as part of my yoga teacher training and can vouch that its good for the brain. Apparently learning something new helps with brain plasticity which will keep dementia at bay.

  • Take a degree
  • Free courses online
  • Local real-life class
  • Learn a language


As a teenager, I loved to read but as life became more complicated I had to put the books down to find time for everything else. My kindle will be coming with me on all my adventures as I intend to re-discover the joy of reading.

  • Read Blogs
  • Read Books
  • Join a book club

Get Political

Do you get angry at politicians not doing the job they were voted in for? Why not give them a run for their money and get political?

  • Join a political party
  • Write to your MP about a cause you believe in
  • Become a councillor
  • Run for parliament
  • Fight for a cause


  • Start a collection
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Rekindle an old hobby

Friends and Family

  • Make new friends
  • Reconnect with old friends
  • Visit distant relatives
  • Invite friends to stay for the weekend
  • Host a dinner party for your friends
  • Look After Grandchildren
  • Geneology

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  • Get a pet
  • Walk a Neighbours dog
  • Pet Sitting

Declutter / Sell your Junk

  • Car Boot Sales
  • eBay


  • Redecorate your home
  • Extend your home
  • Restore your Furniture


  • Take up Board Games
  • Learn Chess
  • Play Cards
  • Learn Magic Tricks
  • Do Puzzles
  • Bingo


  • Look after your money
  • Learn to invest
  • Couponing

More things to do in retirement

  • Move House
  • Local History
  • Restore an old car
  • Relax
  • Get pilots or boat master license
  • Watch TV
  • Attend auctions
  • Beachcombing
  • Keep an eye on elderly neighbours
  • Enter competitions
  • Astronomy
  • Create a bucket list and live it
  • Get a job


I’ve counted them, There are more than 150 things to do in retirement here 🙂 Can you add to them? Please pop a comment below and I will add to the list.





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