From Archery to Zumba: Turn a Hobby Into an Obsession

Ready to indulge in a new pastime? Here's where to get started.


Thanks to pandemic safety precautions, 2020 was the year many of us stayed home. It was also the year a lot of people discovered new interests, skills and specialties while they were quarantining.

Giving up sporting events, concerts, plays and packed restaurants meant there was suddenly an abundance of free time, and many people took advantage by learning to cook or knit or even pick up a musical instrument.

If the stay-at-home era passed by without a new hobby capturing your imagination, it’s not too late. We’re finally starting to see an end to restrictions, and opportunities are becoming available. Why not impress your fellow former hermits with a new skill?

Suggested hobbies and recommended places to get started


RPC Airsoft, Fremont
197 Sandown Road, Fremont, N.H.
(603) 760-0393


Art of Archery, Manchester
(603) 396-7979

Pioneer JOAD, Dunbarton
21 Farrington Corner Road, Dunbarton, N.H.
(978) 732-6620


Hobby4Art lessons

Refined Art NH, Barrington
11 Christmas Lane, Barrington, N.H.
(603) 948-7203

Brush and Palette Art School, North Hampton
105 Post Road, North Hampton, N.H.
(603) 778-0685

Creative Ventures Gallery, Milford
41 Nashua St., Milford, N.H.
(603) 672-2500

The Painted Turtle, Nashua
10 Groton Road, Nashua, N.H.
(603) 881-4815

“642 Things to Draw” at Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord
45 South Main St., Concord, N.H.
(603) 224-0562

Ax throwing

RelAxe Throwing, Manchester
157 Gay St., Manchester, N.H.
(603) 782-3061

Ballroom Dance (and swing and mixed)

Gate City Lindy, Nashua
36 Arlington St., Nashua, N.H.

Portsmouth Ballroom Dance Studio, Newington
Fox Run Mall, 50 Fox Run Road, Newington, N.H.
(603) 969-2146

Rockingham Ballroom, Newmarket
22 Ashswamp Road, Newmarket, N.H.
(603) 659-4410

Paper Moon Dance Center, Merrimack
33 Depot St., Merrimack, N.H.
(603) 943-1106

Arthur Murray, Manchester
99 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.
(603) 624-6857


New Hampshire Audubon, Concord
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, N.H.
(603) 369-4329

Brew your own beer

The Homebrew Barn, North Hampton
18 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, N.H.
(603) 379-9138

Jasper’s Home Brew Supply, Nashua
522 Amherst St., Unit 17, Nashua, N.H.
(603) 881-3052

Kettle to Keg, Pembroke
123 Main St., Pembroke, N.H.
(603) 485-2054


Sip and Script, Portsmouth


New Hampshire Coloring Book/NH Historical Society, Concord
30 Park St., Concord, N.H.
(603) 228-6688

Cooking classes and lessons

The Culinary Playground, Derry
16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry, N.H.
(603) 339-1664

Recipes by Kathy, Manchester
122 Main St., Manchester, N.H.

The Creative Feast, Hollis
(603) 321-5011


New Hampshire School of Falconry, Deering
183 Deering Center Road, Deering, N.H.
(603) 464-6213

Flower arranging

Apotheca Flower & Tea, Goffstown
24 Main St., Goffstown, N.H.
(603) 497-4940


Family Tree Magazine 
Contact Family Tree Magazine 


Upper Valley Circus Camp, Plainfield
(603) 398-2059


Seacoast Academy of Magic
(603) 828-7873

Model building

HobbyTown, Londonderry
4 Orchard View Drive, Unit 5, Londonderry, N.H.
(603) 432-4881

Scale Hobbyist, Nashua

Historia Emporium – The History Store, Newington
(800) 269-0413

Music lessons

The Real School of Music, Derry
10 A St., Derry, N.H.
(603) 260-6801

Learning To Play The Guitar. Music Education And Extra Curricular Lessons.Manchester Music Mill, Manchester
329 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.
(603) 623-8022

School of Mojo, Salem
379 South Broadway, Salem, N.H.
(603) 328-5624

Manchester Community Music School, Manchester
2291 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.
(603) 644-4548

Earcraft Music, Dover
432 Central Ave., Dover, N.H.
(603) 749-3138

MC Guitar Works, Lebanon
31 Hanover St., Suite 2A, Lebanon, N.H.
(603) 707-9718

North Conway Music, North Conway
1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, N.H.
(603) 356-3562

Rousseau’s Music Store, Jaffrey
124 Main St., Jaffrey, N.H.
(603) 532-4311


To Your Art’s Content, Exeter
(603) 418-0200

FireFly Pottery, Portsmouth
72 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, N.H.
(603) 431-7682

Studio 550 Art Center, Manchester
550 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.
(603) 232-5597

The Pottery Paddock, Rochester
135 Ten Rod Road, Rochester, N.H.
(603) 332-9209

Mudworks Pottery, Temple
22 Cutter Road, Temple, N.H.
(603) 620-9133

Rooted in Clay, Rindge
208 Middle Winchendon Road, Rindge, N.H.
(603) 899-3120


White Mountain Puzzles, Jackson
18 Black Mountain Road, Jackson, N.H.
(603) 383-4346

Diversions Puzzles and Games, Portsmouth
123 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H.
(603) 766-6220

Puzzle House, Jaffrey
49 Nutting Road, Jaffrey, N.H.
(603) 924-1000

RC car racing, quads, copters, planes and boats

Hillside Raceway, Brentwood
87 NH-27, Brentwood, N.H.
(603) 540-0642

Granite State Hobbies, Claremont
20 Pleasant St., Claremont, N.H.
(603) 504-6505

ABC RC Hobbies, Windham
11 Rockingham Road, Windham, N.H.
(603) 458-6481

Role playing games

Pop Culture Cards and Collectibles, Raymond
66 Route 27, Raymond, N.H.
(603) 244-1850

Diversions Puzzles and Games, Portsmouth
123 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H.
(603) 766-6220

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