HAVE you recently retired, or have you been collecting your pension for some time and are looking for something to do in your free time?

Many community services in Penarth offer a full range of activities geared towards keeping those, who now have the time, active and social.

Here are some ideas that could enable you to meet new people, or to even connect with old friends, whilst enjoying a new hobby.

Penarth Library clubs

Penarth Library offers a range of clubs and events to encourage new passions, such as their monthly book club that runs every Thursday.

Aside from this, you could also join Knit2gether and try your hand at knitting – all abilities welcome.

Griffin Books Book Club

The famous Griffin Books currently runs six book clubs.

The adult club takes place on a Tuesday evening and costs £9, which includes a copy of the book and a glass of wine.

The shop also runs a poetry club every fourth Tuesday of the month and is led by Penarth poet Stephen Payne over zoom.

Windsor Bowling Club

Dating back from 1911, the Windsor Bowling Club welcomes anyone who would like to participate in bowl competitions, or simply take up a new pastime.

Challenging the stereotype that ‘bowls is not for everyone’, the club welcomes all ages and genders.

PODS – Penarth Operatic and Dramatic Society

Ever fancied yourself an actor/actress? Why not embark on a new hobby, or reignite an old one, and join Penarth’s award-winning theatre society PODS.

Having ran for almost 100 years, the society performs a range of plays, pantomimes and musicals.

PODS offers members a chance to get involved in everything theatre; be that acting, directing, or even set design.

Penarth Aging Well Club

Penarth Aging Well Club hosts weekly activities specifically for the older generation, with the aim to meet new people and have fun.

The sessions usually start with a variety of different exercises, followed by a warm drink and a raffle.

They also host quizzes, film viewings and other special events throughout the year, including group trips outdoors.

The club meets every Wednesday morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Glyndwr Community centre.

With Music in Mind Singing Group

The organisation Music in Mind run singing and social groups for older adults each Wednesday at St. Augustine’s Parish Hall.

Sessions have a mind and body approach, with a focus on singing and gentle exercise.

Other than organised physical activities, members are encouraged to socialise and meet new people. Everyone is welcome, and the first session is free.

GoodFit – Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold offers low impact dance classes designed to get you to move your body and have fun.

Perfect for those who love Zumba, or those who have never even tried it.

Goodfit is ideal for active, older adults who are looking for a Zumba class at a lower intensity level.