Things To Do In Retirement In Kent | Clarendon Homes

Things To Do In Retirement In Kent

22-06-2021 Blog

When entering retirement, you are likely going to find that you will have a lot more free time than you are used to. This Clarendon insight will suggest some activities and past times which you can do in retirement to keep yourself active in the latter stages of your life.

Grandparents taking a selfie with their grandchildren

Stay physically active

Due to time constraints, staying physically active is something which can sometimes be put on the backburner when you have a full-time job. For this reason, getting outside for some exercise can be something which becomes very appealing to people in retirement.

Sports are excellent for keeping anyone youthful. Sports to consider for retirement include golf, rowing, swimming… and many more. Before you get into a new routine of exercising, it is important to remember your personal physical limitations. You should always check with your doctor before embarking on a new exercise routine if you are on medication or managing any pre-existing conditions. As well as the more taxing sports, simply going for walks or doing group classes like Yoga or Zumba will be a great source of exercise.

While staying physically active is one aspect keeping fit, the importance of healthy eating certainly should not be understated. If you find yourself with more free time in the evenings, you could consider learning new delicious meals to add to your existing repertoire.

If you are looking for local activities in Kent, consider reading this list provided by Connect Well Kent.

Man swinging golf club

Volunteer

As previously mentioned, when entering retirement you will usually find yourself with more free time than you are used to. For some people, this can be a bit too much free time. If work had previously taken up a lot of your day to day life, you might actually miss it in retirement. Lots of people don’t want to fully go back into work, so volunteering can be seen as a nice compromise.

If you opt to volunteer for even just a couple of hours per week, it can be very fulfilling. As well as giving a similar sense of accomplishment as a job would, volunteering is less stressful, a way to give back to the community and a good chance meet new people, some of whom might be in a similar situation to you.

For more information on volunteering in Kent, click here.

New skills and hobbies

Do you recall ever saying “I’d love to do that, but I don’t have the time”? Well… now you do! Learning new skills and finding new hobbies can help to make retirement much more enjoyable, particularly if you pursue something which you didn’t have time for when you were working. This can quite literally be anything, but we’ll get you started with a few recommendations:

  • Art.
  • Photography.
  • Choir.
  • Cooking.
  • Fishing.
  • Puzzles.

If you are interested in starting a new hobby in Kent, we recommend visiting the Kent Adult Education website to have a look at what classes are available to you. Additionally, if you are over 65 make sure to take advantage of any discounts which you can find if you are booking classes or buying equipment!

Man fishing at a lake

Site seeing

If you are a fan of site seeing, there aren’t many places to enjoy your retirement which are better than Kent. It is called The Garden of England after all!

Kent has several sites to see. One of the biggest attractions is Leeds Castle, coined ‘The Loveliest Castle in the World”. Leeds Castle is set in 500 acres of parkland which offers beautiful grounds to explore as well as hosting many exhibitions and events throughout the year. Another historical venue in Kent is Boughton Monchelsea Place ), a 16th-century Elizabethan stone-built former manor house. For more information on Boughton Monchelsea and why it is a great place to retire, read our blog here.

There are also wineries, wildlife parks, museums and much more which Kent has to offer. Click here to view a list with more of the attractions on offer in Kent.

Boughton Monchelsea Place

Spruce up your home

If you are going to be spending more time in your home, it makes sense to give it a bit of love and care. You can declutter, renovate, grow an allotment in the garden… you have time to be as creative or as simplistic as you want!

On the other hand, you may be considering downsizing. If you or a loved one are looking to move to a new build bungalow in Kent, Cobnut Park could be the place for you. Located in Boughton Monchelsea, our newest bungalow development is a peaceful 24-home extra care retirement village. Cobnut Park is designed for over 55s who are looking to settle down in a likeminded community with the availability of assisted living, while also being able to maintain their independence. If this interests you, visit our website now to find out more by downloading our brochure and contacting us today!

CGI of a brown brick road with bungalows
Cobnut Park CGI

Got any questions or feedback on the blog? Or maybe a topic you would like to be covered in a future blog? Email courtney.gardiner@clarendonhomes.co.uk today, I would love to hear from you!

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