A new survey commissioned to launch the Festival of Learning has revealed that almost two-fifths (39%) of adults would like to be better cooks and bakers.
Half (50%) of the respondents polled said they would be prepared to take up a course to enable them to improve their skills in the areas that they would love to learn, with six out of ten (60%) 25 to 34 year olds interested in taking up a course.
Learning was "part of who we are", said NIACE chief executive David Hughes.
"This shows how much we all want to learn new things... but it also shows that people need help to take steps to find where and how to learn."
The top 10 skills people would love to learn include:
1. Cooking and baking (39%)
2. Playing a musical instrument (23%)
3. Learning a language or languages (21%)
4. Singing (17%)
5. Photography (15%)
6. Dance (13%)
7. DIY (13%)
8. Art (11%)
9. Gardening (11%)
10. Creative Writing (11%)
The NIACE Festival of Learning brings together the wider education and skills community, including employers, charities, professional bodies and government departments to celebrate and promote the many learning opportunities available.
The Festival of Learning will run from 1 May, culminating in adult learners' week, from 13 to 19 June.