Try something new for 2017

Published: Sunday 1st January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Stuck for New Year’s resolutions? Sick of trying to lose weight, stop smoking or give up chocolate? We’ve got five ideas for 2017 pledges that you could actually enjoy sticking to this year, as well as tips on how to achieve them.

Learn a new language

Many of us wish we had learnt an additional language whilst at school, and there can be so many benefits to being fluent in a different tongue. Not only is it fun, but it could also give you an edge when you apply for your next job. It’s also a great way to meet new people with different perspectives and cultures.

Whilst Hull College and The University of Hull both offer full-time and part-time courses that lead to qualifications in various languages, you can also learn in a relaxed environment with Lingua Directions. They offer 6-week and 8-week courses in French, Spanish and Italian. You can also take your children to the Lingua Fun Kids Club, which takes place at various venues across the East Riding.

In the meantime, brush up on your foreign language skills at Lydia’s on Newland Avenue (pictured). Every Wednesday from 7pm-9pm, linguists of all abilities gather together and build their conversational confidence in a friendly environment as part of the Hull Language Cafe. It’s completely free, so why not grab a slice of cake whilst there?

Appreciate the outdoors

In a world in which we’re focused on our screens, rather than what’s around us, it can be hard to appreciate the beauty of East Yorkshire. Nevertheless, there’s a plethora of stunning spots for you to admire right here on your doorstep.

Try Spurn Point for dramatic and iconic views, Humber Bridge Country Park for chalky cliffs, and Flamborough Head for historic scenery.

What’s more, you don’t even have to leave the bustle of the city to be at one with nature. Places like Pearson Park and Noddle Hill are home to an abundance of interesting wildlife, as well as being great spaces for kids to learn and discover.


You may want to spend your time a little more wisely in the New Year and put it to use helping others. Whether you have a spare hour a week or can commit to a full day, there’s a vast selection of volunteering opportunities in the area.

The trick is to focus on your passion. If you want to save the planet, help out with the local environment at your nearby park. If you want to rescue animals, check out one of the many rescue centres in the area. Are you passionate about helping out individuals? There are several homeless initiatives in East Yorkshire that would love to have you on board. For help and advice, check out Hull CVS.

Learn a new skill

Picking up a new skill or craft can be very exciting, as well as doubling up as a money earner if you find something you love. There are formal courses available at Hull College and East Riding College, whether you want to become a nail wizard or be a dab hand at flower arranging.

Alternatively, learn in a much more relaxed environment with workshops hosted by local businesses. Judy’s Attic offers a range of one-off craft tutorials, whilst Oresome Jewellery provides a range of intriguing courses. Additionally, find out how to make and paint your own earthenware at Wentworth Pottery.

Become more cultured

We could all do with becoming a little more cultured, whether that means viewing more art, going to the theatre, watching live music performances, or even immersing in local history.

Luckily, 2017 will bring 365 days of exciting events to your doorstep. From art exhibitions featuring world-famous paintings and pieces, to intriguing performances and celebrations of Hull’s heritage. Check out to discover something new that you might completely fall in love with.

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Published: Sunday 1st January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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