With so many online dating and socialising websites available today, how do you know which one to join? Why not try one of the activities and events based sites for singles which host regular events in locations across the UK and are a great way to meet people with similar interests.
Try Something New
Always wanted to try rock climbing? Why not join one of the many meetups available online and head for your first taster session with a group of like-minded individuals. Surely there is no better place to lock eyes with Mr Right than half way up a steep precipice fearing for your life! If something a little more relaxed is your idea of fun, then why not join a group that offers cinema trips or regular supper clubs. In London and other cities across the UK, supper clubs attract single people (and sometimes couples) who are looking to meet other like-minded individuals that are passionate about good food, wine and conversation.
There are lots of online organisations offering singles meetups in cities across the UK. A little bit different from attending an activity meetup, a singles night often takes the form of speed dating or a ‘lock and key’ party, where the women wear the locks and the men are given keys. Then it is just a case of chatting to everyone at the party and seeing whose key fits your lock! Sounds simple, but is a really great way to get out of your comfort zone and chat to people you would never normally consider approaching. Speed dating is another event that brings people out of their shells. With around 15-20 participants, you will have between three and five minutes to chat with each one before everyone moves around and it is the perfect way to break the ice by discussing the most random topics imaginable. First impressions count and you will usually be able to tell if you would like to see someone again within those first few minutes. Tick the card if you do and if they tick you, you will be provided with each other’s contact details. At the very least you will make friends and meet some new people!
Dating Online With A Twist
A new breed of online dating website offers the opportunity for registered users to create a profile and suggest what they would like to do on a date. This means that instead of hours spent searching through profiles for the perfect match, you can hunt for someone whose idea of a good time closely matches yours. This also takes some of the pressure off organising a meetup or date venue, as it is already decided for you!
Whichever website you use, try to attend dating and socialising events as often as you can, the more people you meet, the more chance you have of meeting ‘The One’, or at the very least making some life-long friends.
Amelia Wilson classes herself as something of a dating expert, having spent 10 years online dating and socialising, blogging about her (often amusing) dates and attempts to make friends and meet Mr Right. Luckily, she is now happily settled with her boyfriend James in the Yorkshire countryside (and yes, she met him online!)