Retro hobbies are making a comeback – like knitting, crocheting and birdwatching

And gardening and kneading dough are also among the top 25 activities.

More than a quarter (26%) said the appeal of these hobbies is mainly due to escaping the stresses and strains of modern life – as they try to find respite through simple pleasures.

Commissioned to celebrate Neutrogena Norwegian Formula’s 50th anniversary, the research found that more than half (53%) would love to take up a new hobby.

A spokesperson for the skincare brand said: “We shouldn’t underestimate the physical and mental benefits that a ‘hands-on hobby’ can bring to our lives.

“Hobbies like sewing, painting or birdwatching may seem old-fashioned, but the relaxing and rewarding nature of these pursuits is clearly not lost on the British public.”

The average Brit has three ‘active’ hobbies to fill their free time – but 76% still have room in their schedule to try something new.

As a result, one in ten would like to try their hand at growing their own food in a garden or vegetable patch, and nine percent think they would succeed in baking their own bread.

Traditional crafts are also seeing a comeback, as Britons would like to take up pottery, calligraphy and crochet.

More than a quarter (27%) have taken up a new hobby in the past year, but 25% have held onto a hobby for more than a decade.

It also emerged that 28% keep coming back to a hobby because they enjoy getting lost in an activity they enjoy, while 37% enjoy activities that fill their time, without breaking the bank.

And nearly half (44%) think you know you’ve discovered the hobby that’s right for you when you find it completely engrossing.

One in four (27%) said their traditional hobby brought them joy and 25% believed it was good for their mental health.

And 46% of people polled, via, think it’s become more fashionable to have a hobby.

In fact, two-thirds (64%) want to encourage those who don’t have a hobby to find one, believing that there is a hobby for everyone.

In a typical year, the average Brit spends £215.83 and seven full days pursuing personal interests.

And three in five are happiest when indulging in their hobby, while 35% believe their free time activities are an integral part of who they are.

The spokesperson added: “Norwegian Formula has spent 50 years supporting hard working hands, and we hope this new research inspires budding new enthusiasts to learn something new.

“From our findings, we can see that maintaining a new interest doesn’t have to cost the earth, or take up all of your free time, for it to benefit your mental health and overall happiness. .”