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Where to go to meet some new people

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EternalSunshine820 Sun 17-Jan-16 07:49:06

Where would you go, during the day, to meet new people?

I'm finally getting some time to myself - 12 whole hours a week, in the middle of the day, free childcare as I'm a lone parent.

I haven't been out by myself anywhere since DD was born (2 years ago) and for most of the pregnancy before that as well, but I'm just thinking that it would be great to use this time to meet some new people who aren't just mums with babies/toddlers. Not sure I'm ready to date but if there were eligible men around it would be great to find them!

I live in a small village, within an hour's drive of a city.

Where would you go, any ideas?

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 17-Jan-16 08:40:52

I work full time so evenings are my only options. However, my evening choir as has a daytime session with coffee and cakes and is a small group. Knitting/crochet groups are often mornings or afternoons you go along to learn.

Icandoanything Sun 17-Jan-16 14:16:33

Try meetup.com, there should be some groups on there.

RabbitSaysWoof Sun 17-Jan-16 21:37:56

What area are you?

EternalSunshine820 Mon 18-Jan-16 15:38:03

Mid-Leicestershire, 40 minute drive from any major cities.

I used to be in London, where Meetup was really strong and it was so easy (with hindsight) to meet all kinds of people. Here it seems thin on the ground, groups meet in pubs in the evening which is the one thing I can't do as a LP. And there just aren't many groups, with many people in as far as I can see. I've tried looking for e.g. single parent groups, entrepreneur groups, book clubs. The hiking groups might be ok but with a child who walks at 1 mph (at best) I'm not going to be able to join in just yet and their socials are in the evening.

I'd consider starting a group myself but worried about over-committing myself, not being able to keep it up - it's easy to make grand plans.

I'd consider a course but not sure what to do.. I don't want to end up just cleaning, shopping and wasting my time on netflix. Have considered volunteering to help at a local primary school, because I'm considering a career move into something like teaching (though people on the Employment board are kind of putting me off that idea now!)

Might just use the first day to have a massive clear out.. not my favourite task, putting stuff on ebay seems like so much bloody effort, especially when noone bids and you've gone to all that trouble for nothing.

EternalSunshine820 Mon 18-Jan-16 15:39:30

Just read that back.. those are still 'lone' tasks aren't they.. so much of being a LP is being alone in the house, I just wanted to find a way to meet new people..

I'm tempted to try to line up dates just so that I have something to leave the house for ;)

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