How to create a great social life when you’re over 55

What do people do when they retire? How does life change for them as they approach their 60s?

An Age UK survey asks: “What can we do in later life to look after our well-being?”

Their research says hobbies are the best things people can do. They asked people about their favourite hobbies and which ones made them feel good. Among their answers were:

  • Singing
  • Walking
  • Drawing and painting
  • My motorbike
  • And numerous others.

If you want easy access to facilities which enable you to learn, exercise, join clubs, attend social clubs then Lymm has it all.

How to easily make new friends in Lymm

Whatever your favourite hobbies, you will find a club and friends to enjoy them with in Lymm,

Lymm offers a well-established community for new residents looking for an active social life in their new area.

Try one of these 5 easy ways to meet Lymm people:

  • The WI hold a coffee club at the Spread Eagle at 11am every Tuesday. Everyone – and especially newcomers – are warmly welcomed.
  • The Library in Davies Way
  • Lymm Heritage Centre in Bridgwater Street
  • The Parish Hall in Pepper Street
  • U3A where you can learn, train, teach and mentor. It is said we truly learn a subject when we teach others.

These are some of the hobbies, interest groups and activities popular with people who retire or semi-retire and who want to retain the same level of activity in their lives.

  • Walking. An excellent way to explore Lymm on your first visit is to follow the Heritage Trail. Park your car at the Davies Way car park or Pepper street car park and join the trail at The Cross in the village centre. Follow the map you can download from and enjoy your introduction to Lymm’s beauty spots such as Lymm Dam and the Bridgewater Canal.
  • Singing. Three Lymm Choirs welcome new members:
    • Lymm and District Village Chorus (they meet in the Methodist Church, Eagle Brow)
    • Lymm Big Sing Choir
    • Lymm Pop Choir (meeting place St Peter’s Church)
  • Local history. Call in to the Lymm Heritage Centre (Bridgewater Street) and find out about Lymm’s fascinating history and culture. As you get chatting to the enthusiastic volunteers, you may find yourself offering to get involved on a regular basis when you move in.
  • Music. Were you once a musician and love to play and perhaps compose music? Learn the clarinet, saxophone, piano. Dust off your old guitar and join a band. Bring music back into your life. Try the Warrington U3A music groups.
  • Wildlife and countryside conservation. Cheshire Wildlife Trust and the RSPB help preserve our natural world locally. You can join as a member and take part in local events. Or become a volunteer and help look after our precious wildlife for generations to come. Parsonage Gardens in Didsbury is where the RSPB began – it’s just half an hour’s drive.
  • Reading. Isn’t it rewarding to share books with friends? In Lymm you’ll find the Library Reading Group and the Book Club in Community Room, Pepper Street, offer this opportunity.
  • Genealogy. Have you always wanted to trace your fanily’s history. Now, you may have more time to devote to the project. And your ready-made office will help you store and retrieve family records more easily as the stories of your ancestors unfold. is the most well-known site.
  • Gardening. If you are a keen gardener, you’ll want to continue your hobby at Willowpool. You’ll choose cuttings from your favourite plants and pot them ready for the move. If you like to grow your own fruit and vegetables, ask Lymm Parish Council about applying for a local allotment and have your name added to the list.

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