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Want to take up a new hobby?

by Editor

If you’re looking for a new hobby to take up, or want to return to an old one, we have a few suggestions for local groups which will help you do just that!

1. Become a cheerleader – whatever your age!

A performance by two of Gemstone Cheerleading

Local troupe Gemstone Cheerleading are looking for new members to join their adult classes.

So if you have an unfulfilled childhood dream of grabbing those pom poms and cheering on the team, now could be your chance!

Read more about Gemstone Cheerleading. 

2. Take up gardening – even if you don’t have one of your own!

Volunteers from Golborne in Bloom

Volunteers from Golborne in Bloom

The lovely Golborne in Bloom group offer the chance to get out your green fingers and make gardening your hobby, in a very social environment that really helps your local area, too.

Find out more about this fantastic, friendly group, and get along to their next meeting to see what you might learn from their shared gardening experience!

3. Join in with Friday night bowling at the Red Lion

Red Lion pub garden Lowton with bowling green

Try your hand at bowling at the lovely Red Lion on Newton Road, every Friday (weather permitting) 3-5pm and again from 6-8 pm. Come and meet new friends, learn a new game – or, if you’re experienced, pass on your knowledge to other members. Plus, enjoy a great pint or two from the bar whilst you’re there…

Find out more.

4. Find your voice and sing in harmony with this friendly group

Milltown Sound Chorus, who rehearse in Golborne

Milltown Sound Chorus, who rehearse in Golborne

If you’re a lady who loves to sing, why not thinking about joining Milltown Sound Chorus, who would love to have you as a new member!

Find out more about the group.

5. Take to the stage with The Three Towns Operatic Society

The Three Towns Operatic Society performing a concert

The Three Towns Operatic Society performing a concert

If you enjoy singing and musical theatre this is the hobby for you!

The Three Towns Operatic Society warmly welcome anyone interested in joining the society.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings  from 8 – 10pm at Tyldesley Methodist Church, Elliott Street, Tyldesley M29 8JE.  Anyone wishing to become a member is invited to come along with no commitment. Learn in a friendly atmosphere. Reading music is an asset but not a necessity.

The society performs an operetta each year in May at St Joseph’s Hall, Leigh accompanied by a professional orchestra, altenating between Gilbert & Sullivan and other composers.

In the autumn The Three Towns perform a series of concerts at St Joseph’s Hall and various venues in and around the local area – Broadway, West End, Songs from the Shows, Popular and Classical Music.

Indeed, the society goes from success to success receiving nominations and awards every year for its performances.

So if you’d like to be part of The Three Towns visit their website for more information, or contact  Ursula Lightford on 01942 670284.

6. Enjoy the great outdoors with Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club

Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club on a recent walk

Wigan Rambling and Climbing Club on a recent walk

The club meet throughout the year for interesting rambles and walks both locally and further afield. New members always welcome, so get on your walking boots and give it a go!

Read more about the club.


7. Take up Salsa Dancing

Salsa dancing

Join in the Cuban Salsa fun every Thursday at Golborne Parkside.

Classes are priced at £5 per person, but if you want to try the classes for the first time, just quote Lowton and Golborne News and you’ll get your first class FREE!

Choose your time depending on our ability – if you’ve never tried Cuban Salsa before just dance along to the beginners’ group, where you’ll be made very welcome!

Times are as follows (for both venues on both nights):
7.30pm Beginners
8.15pm Improvers
9.15pm Intermediates

For more information, contact Sue on 07715853975. No need to book, simply turn up and join in.

8. Play badminton

Badminton racket and shuttlecock on the grass

Lowton St. Luke’s badminton club meet on Thursday nights from 8-10pm at Hindley Leisure Centre, with new players always welcome.

Meanwhile, the Junior club (for age seven updawards) meet at Lowton High on Monday nights from 7-9pm.

You don’t have to sign up to play for the club itself, you can just turn up and look to improve your fitness to a good standard. Everyone, no matter what standard you are, is welcome. Contact Angela on 07704534323 for more information.

9. Pick up those hockey sticks

Girls hockey team in huddle on pitch

There’s a real family feel to Golborne Hockey Club, who are always welcoming to new members – so why not get in touch and see if hockey could be the sport for you, or your child?

The club is an inclusive and expanding one, with England Hockey accreditation. It’s a great chance for people in Lowton and Golborne to get involved with the sport – whether they’ve played before or are a complete beginner interested to try hockey for the first time.

The club’s Senior players train on a Tuesday night from 7-9pm while the Juniors train on Sundays from 10am-11am.

For more information about the club email kathryn_22_04@hotmail.com. Don’t forget to mention Lowton and Golborne News when you enquire.

Trainers and shinpads are advised – sticks are available to borrow from the club.

10. Dance your cares away

Debs DD's class in Lowton

Laughing and having fun are the main aim of the game at Debs DD’s dancing classes, which take place every Wednesday evening at Lowton High School at 7.30pm.

With members aged 30 to 73, it’s a chance to come along, unleash you inner showgirl or diva, make new friends and let your hair down. It’s about more than just dancing. It’s also about empowering women to feel great, get active and be confident. Everyone is welcome!

You’ll learn a different routine each four week class cycle. Led by teacher Deborah Thomas, a former professional dancer on the cruises, the classes are based on musical Broadway type of routines – so think Mama Mia, Chicago and Tina Turner the Musical.

Each four week block of classes is £32 but you can try it out with a first class for free!

For more information, contact Deb on 07967243245.

Still in need of inspiration?

Then check our events guide to see what’s on this week – you may just find your perfect hobby or pastime!

Got a suggestion?

Do you enjoy a hobby or group that isn’t listed above? Let us know in the comments below!


Deana Erlam January 6, 2020 - 1:10 pm

You have failed to mention the new facility of Tumbles Gymnastic Academy which officially opens on 13th January, Unit B2 Moss Industrial Estate.

The facility can cater from just walking age right the way through to adult classes for gymnastics and they also offer Tumbling Classes and Ninja Gymnastic Classes (mixup of Parkour and gymnastics).

It will be an amazing facility and hopefully a great addition to the community.

gemmamelling January 6, 2020 - 2:07 pm

Hi Deana, we’d be happy to include you! We did email you yesterday about doing an article – if this is something you’d like to do just let us know by reply. Thanks!

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