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3 Brilliant Ways to Meet New People.

Ready to Mingle? Find out the best ways to meet new people.

Ready to Mingle? Find out the best ways to meet new people.

 

I think most people know that expanding your social circle is key to finding fulfilling friendships and romantic relationships.  As a social guy, I am often asked for advice on how to meet new people. Of course, Social Circle was founded on the principle of bringing like-minded people together.  However, over the years I have learned that certain events make it even easier for people to get chatting and make new friends. So here are my top 3 activities to meet new people and make friends.

#1 Go for a Walk.

Walking is one of my favourite activities.  Whether it be a leisurely stroll around local woods or something more challenging, walking has several benefits.

  • it gets you out of the office and moving which contributes to your health and wellbeing.  
  • Fresh air and great views are great for mental health.
  • You can talk to other walkers at the same time!

There are loads of MeetUps and similar groups that focus on walking, although our members tell us they prefer the way we do things rather than going it alone in a crowd.  However, the fact is however you you do it, it gives you time to chat to other people and exchange details. This makes it a winning activity for meeting new people.

#2 Find your Foodie Heaven.

Lets face it, we are a nation of food lovers.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a food snob then it is easy to find kindred spirits in Manchester.  Firstly, have you tried signing up to group cooking lessons?  It is a perfect way to meet people who are also refining their skills.  Foodie events like food tours of Manchester and taster evenings also give you a chance to mingle with other food lovers.  Finally, look for events at your favourite restaurants  – what better way to get to know people than sharing a meal?

Plus you can check for any disgusting habits before you take someone on a date.  Sloppy habits can be dealbreakers for some you know!

#3 Mingle All the Way.

If you are looking to meet new people then take the bull by the horns and get out there.  There is literally zero chance of you meeting new people if you are sat at home.

Maybe you can initiate a conversation with a random in a bar, but if that makes you nervous, then why not meet up with others as part of an organised night out?  

Just a reminder – meet and mingle parties are not all about dating – they can be a great way to let your hair down and meet new people in Manchester.  So if you are keen to expand your social circle then why not look for a few mingle events in the area? Maybe you will be lucky enough to join in the fun at one of Manchester’s hottest venues, totally free of charge (hint, hint)   If you have never been to a meet and mingle event – then we tell you what to expect here.

Of course, rather than searching for various events, you could just join us and chose from 100s of fun events each and every month. 

24 Ways to Socialise this Christmas: A Socialites Advent Calendar.

We have the ultimate Christmas List for Socialites.

We have the ultimate Christmas List for Socialites.

Are you feeling the festive spirit? Don’t want to limit yourself to the office party? If you are looking to try new activities and meet new people in Manchester this winter then check our own version of an Advent Calendar for Socialites by exploring 24 Ways to Socialise this Christmas.

Unleash Your Inner Child.

You don’t need children to enjoy these fun activities. Grab some friends and get very silly.

    1.Head out to with friends to  Salford Quays on the Trial of the Snowman. There are twelve          painted Snowman dotted around the Quays and Media City. Can you find them all? We did!

  1. Make like an Arctic Explorer by travelling through the Ice Caverns in Manchester, battling with polar bears and even a Yeti on your way to the heart of Santas Grotto.  If you are a good girl or boy, you may even get to meet Santa himself. What do you mean you are 31? We are going!
  2. Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Ste-phen.  Whether you are the next star of the Voice or mumble along and hope no one notices, there is nothing like a bit of Carol Singing to get you feeling all festive.
  3. Why not catch a Panto?  You can shout ‘he’s behind you’ all you want at comedian Les Dennis and marvel at the stunning scenery as we follow Cinderella in her quest to meet Prince Charming.
  4.  If nostalgia, Christmas party anthems  and a little bet gets your jingle on, then Grosvenor Casino are offering a fun evening that will get you Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and hopefully leaving with some gold coins in your pocket.
It does not matter if you are 35 going on 6 - come meet Santa

It does not matter if you are 35 going on 6 – come meet Santa

Sparkling Performances.

Christmas is not just about falling asleep in front of the TV during Home Alone.  It can be a great way to explore your cultured side by seeing the best in theatre, dance and of course film.

  1.  Swan Lake is at the Lowry until 1st December 2018.  This award-winning re-imagining of Tchaikovsky classic features a talented all-male cast which shattered traditions  in this passionate and witty modern masterpiece.
  2. Ah we love a little festive romance. Why not watch Love Actually and hold back the tears at *that* scene whilst a live orchestra plays the music?
  3. We all love the ultimate Christmas movie, Die Hard!  Come watch a screening in the beautiful Victoria Baths for a little nostalgia.
  4. Horror fans will love Grimmfest screening of Krampus at Manchester Central Library.  Included in the price is a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Lovely!
  5.  If you love  musical zombie films (who doesn’t) as much as Christmas then Anna and the Apocalypse is a real treat. We have it on very good authority that it is brilliant. Keep an eye on the Social Circle calendar for more!
  6. Have a Wicked Christmas at The Palace Theatre this year. Winner of over 100 international awards, Wicked has been casting its magical spell across the world for over a decade.

Get in the Festive Spirit.

Nothing Beats Mulled Wine at Christmas

Nothing Beats Mulled Wine at Christmas

Want something to make your cheeks rosy?  There are lots of lovely places where you can have a cheeky tipple.

  1. If you cannot wait until December (we can’t) then why not join us in exploring Didsbury’s hottest bars for a pre-Christmas warm up? .  We are meeting at the Metropolitan on Friday at 8pm.
  2. Collect a mug, fill it up with mulled wine and get  exploring Manchester’s Christmas Market. If you fancy company then come join us?
  3. How about some bubbles or even a delicious Baileys Hot Chocolate as you listen to some Christmas Music and chat to new friends at the Elizabethan in Heaton Moor.
  4.  You cannot get more festive than dressing up as Santa and heading to some of the best bars in town with a great bunch of people.  Expect plenty of festive spirit and laugh as you ho-ho-ho along with the epic Santa Pub Crawl.

Festive Foodies.

Christmas in Manchester is perfect for Foodies.

Christmas in Manchester is perfect for Foodies.

Christmas brings out the foodies in all of us, as it is a chance to savour the finest treats as we reward ourselves for a busy year.

  1. If you want a sophisticated treat then why not have a festive afternoon tea, complete with mince pies, at the beautiful Hotel Gotham?
  2. Join us for a festive sunday lunch at The Lime Tree where you can enjoy such treats as  roast turkey or beef and Christmas pudding ice-cream.
  3. If you want to take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy a lavish 3 course dinner at Harvey Nichols then you can enjoy the festive menu for just £30.
  4. Of course if you need something for your own Christmas table then check out the makers markets in Manchester NQ for some delicious treats, or even sample some vegan festive fayre at the festival.

Work off those mince pies.

Fancy a Jingle Bell Jog? (c) Sports Tours International

Fancy a Jingle Bell Jog? (c) Sports Tours International

It may be Christmas but you can still have fun whilst working off a few mince pies.  These events have the feel-good factor of raising money for charity too!

  1. Run, Jog or Walk around Media City in your Santa suit for the annual Jingle Bell Jog on 1st December 2018.

21.If you like actual snow at Christmas then why not pop along to watch, or participate, in the Santa Ski on 10th December 2018

22.Christmas would not be the same without ice skating, whether you are a semi-professional or have never tried it, you can skate to your heart’s content at First Street in Manchester

23.If you enjoy walking then Dunham Massey has lit up the estate with baubles and lights.  If you want to avoid the crowds then come join us for a crisp morning walk around Styal Woods.

Party like it is 2019

  1. If you want to welcome the new year in style, join our NYE party at Albert Schloss.  Expect free flowing prosecco, mouth-watering canapes whilst you watch some of the best burlesque performances and dance to live music until the clock strikes twelve. (and beyond).  Places are limited so get booking.

Our Gift to you!

As you have been very good this year and decided to have a lot of festive fun, we are offering you socialites a whole month of socialising for just £5.  Quick, this festive offer is only open until 30 November 2018 so you best get your sleigh and ho-ho-ho all the way to a a festive season full of fun and new friends.

Your First Time? Advice for Nervous Socialites.

 

It’s several weeks since you made that resolution that you would get out and meet new people. Maybe you want to try new activities, maybe you are new to Manchester and want to connect with people or maybe you want to expand your social circle in the hope you will meet the love of your life. At this point, the why’s are not important. However,we know you haven’t been out yet. 

Sure, you maybe telling yourself the same excuses that got you through last year.  You are busy at work, money etc, you threw yourself into a whirlwind romance that fizzled out just after Valentines day and …the list goes on.  

We are not buying it.

Deep down we know you are nervous, if not terrified.  Your current friendship group have been with you since university; when making friends was as easy as spilling your pint down their shirt and apologising profusely.  But it is different now.  As you consider the prospect of meeting new people, a million questions run through your mind.

Will anyone talk to me. What if they don’t like me? I really don’t want to walk into a room full of strangers and have everyone stare at me.

Soon all your worst nightmares are dancing through your mind and you find a reason not to attend the event you had been looking forward to.  Maybe next week?

We have been there, we have made the excuses but then swallowed our fear, pushed ourselves to go to an event and never looked back. 

We understand.  So we thought we would let you know what to expect along with some wisdom from our existing members. 

Who are Social Circle?

Well we are a group of socialites who wanted to meet new people and make friends, for all the same reasons as you do now.

Social Circle was started when founder, Stephen Sutherland, had just moved to Manchester as a single guy and wanted some mates to hang out with at the pub on a Friday night.  Over a Decade on and oodles of members later, we have over 150+ events to choose from per month, from cinema nights and restaurant meals to holidays abroad.  

Many of our members are single professionals aged 35-55 who are  living and working in Manchester. Whilst we all have our personalities you can be assured we all share one unique quality.  We want to meet new people, including YOU!

Everyone has been in your shoes so don’t feel nervous, enjoy it!

Emma Hodson, Host & Member

What to expect.

When you first book on an event, you will be contacted by one of our lovely hosts.  They will tell you everything from what they are wearing(!),  to which table they are sat at, so you can find them.  If you are super nervous then tell them, you can arrange to meet them earlier or at a specific place so you are not arriving alone.  Your host will chat to you to ease any nerves and introduce you to the rest of the group.  Most of our existing members know exactly what it is like to feel nervous and many will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

Remember there is no pressure and there is no obligation to swap numbers or connect on social media. You will not be walking into a huge group of people who all know each other, and nor will hosts be pouring booze down your throat or making fun of you to help you to ‘loosen up’.  Each of our events are warm, friendly and very welcoming. You can stay for as little or as long as you want and even non-drinkers are welcome on pub crawls.

You are in complete control the whole time, just like any other outing with your friends.

“Relax….you’re in safe hands!”

Sarah Hobbs, Member.

Your first event.

Our suggestion for your first event is choose something that is familiar that you know you will enjoy.  If you  have a passion for the latest movies then come join us for an outing to I, Tonya.  You will certainly have a lot to talk about with your fellow cinema lovers in the bar afterwards.   If you like the idea of chit-chat and laughter over some of the best food in Manchester then maybe our Saturday night jaunt to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant is would be perfect for your first time with us.  Or throw caution to the wind and join us for our VIP night at Mahiki and enjoy some Tiki cocktails after work, we promise you will enjoy yourself so much you will be partying until the early hours with new friends.

 

“You’ve done the hardest part…. now just turn up and enjoy! We all had a first night, so know what it’s like and will make you feel welcome. You have absolutely nothing to lose but much to gain!”

Annette Fontaine, Host and Member.

 

Best of all, you can try out an event for free. So you really cannot lose.  

 

“Make sure you face your fears, and just come along.”

Wendy Skelton, Member.

The Single Socialites Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day.

Valentines Day.  The time of year where even the happily single can feel bit left out when surrounded by loved-up couples.  But where did it all begin?  In Ancient Rome Emperor Claudius decided to ban marriages as men were refusing to leave their wives for war.  St Valentine was an Italian priest who married sweethearts in secret.  He wore an amethyst ring with cupids bow as a sign to couples that he was the one who would marry them. Like all those in Love with Love, he ended up losing his head.  So now you know.  St Valentine’s Day is no longer about love in secret but there is still plenty you can do to celebrate the day.

Have an Anti-Valentines Outing.

There are so many great deals at restaurants at this time of year, you may as well take full advantage and book a table at your favourite haunt for you and your closest friends.  Cackle with laughter as you people watch and share cocktails.  We can heartily recommend The Liquor Store for some unromantic rock n roll and music inspired cocktails. 

Bang out some Power Ballads

“I cant live…..if living is without yoo-uuu. I CANT LIVE!!”

Nothing like a good power ballad, and on Valentines Day you can head down to the Beirkeller in Manchester Printworks and sing your little broken heart out….and maybe make it rain on all the happy couples.

Say it with Flowers.

There is going to be someone gushing over flowers that her beau has sent to the office. It might as well be you, or your best friend, or your mum.  Given Valentines Day is about celebrating love in all its forms, why not send someone you care about some flowers to brighten their day. Do try to resist your newly-committed friends a ‘sympathy’ bouquet, it is not likely to go down well. If you want, send yourself some flowers. After all, YOU are the love of your life.  Our friends in Didsbury, Verdure, do lovely bouquets for all occasions, and they deliver too.

50 Shades of Singledom

Did you know that there was a little known festival of love in Ancient Rome where strapping young men would whip naked young maidens for fertility.  Funnily enough, we will be watching exactly that when our cinema-loving singles go to watch 50 Shades Freed on Wednesday night.

When in Rome.

Given Valentines Day has its roots in ancient Rome, you have to do what the Romans do!  Come join us for a Valentines Opera outing and get lost in the beauty of various romantic and tragic arias, duets and grand orchestral interludes at the Bridgewater Hall.  If you like Pizza, join us and other Manchester Singles at Wood.Fire.Smoke the day after Valentines day where we can have a chat and enjoy some post-valentines day bargains.

Keep it Sweet, Honey.

If you really want to spend Valentine’s Day without the fuss of peopling, then we recommend  the old classic of watching a film, and running yourself a long bath and grab yourself a gift box of these gorgeous locally-made (well …wales) and bee-friendly honey bath and beauty products from Honey Bee Beautiful. St Valentine is the patron saint of Beekeepers after all.  If you order on Valentines Day (and only that day), use the Code BEELINE for a special discount.  You can even buy a bar to keep your four-legged friend smelling sweet.

So what are your plans for surviving Valentines day? Do comment below.

 

5 Reasons why Friends are the Best.

 

With Friendship Day behind us and conversations still taking place over mental health following #TimetoTalkDay, it got Social Circle HQ thinking about our friends and the wonderful ways they contribute to our lives. It’s not just us being soppy though. Turns out scientists agree that good friends come with (health) benefits.

So friends are great, so why do I feel so lonely?

You would not be alone, a sense of isolation is increasing amongst adults as our friendship groups dissolve with every life change.  We move towns, change our jobs and relationships and spend what little downtime we have on social media.  It is no wonder we feel that life is all about work, or we focus on finding ‘the one’ when actually what we need is a  small quality network of friends.

‘How can I find like-minded people?’. It is easy, choose an event that appeals to you and come meet wonderful like-minded people who are looking to expand their Social Circle in Manchester.

So here are 5 surprising reasons why it is important to get out there and make new friends. 

Increase your sense of belonging and purpose.

Whether it is our love of niche horror films, a particular football team or the fact we are a coffee snob, our unique qualities in the wrong environment can remind us of being the awkward kid at school.  Friends not only accept us for all we are, including our weird ways, but they often have the same quirks and interests.  So whether you are laughing over drinks at your latest dating nightmare, or cheering on your favourite team, your friends are with you as they are part of your tribe.

Boost your happiness and reduce your stress.

Despite the fact many of us like our own space, humans are sociable creatures and need human interaction.  Most of us lead stressful lives, whether we work or at home there is an overwhelming sense of competition which can be isolating at times. Having real-life friends gives your brain a much needed boost of happy hormones and instantly reduces your blood pressure and other signs of stress. In fact, good friendships lead to a longer healthier life overall.  

Improve your self-confidence and self-worth.

Good friends are there for the good times and will encourage our ambitions, even if it is with healthy dose of realism.  We can trust them not to put us down when we excitedly tell them about the promotion we have applied for, they will help you see all your wonderful qualities when you are nervous before a big night out and will show their pride when you speak up for yourself.  This sense of validation is integral to our self-esteem and overall happiness.

Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one.

We have all been through our own version of hell at some point and whether or not you are in a relationship,  having your friends around you can give you hope and comfort in otherwise dark times. Whether it is the remarried divorcee who assures you that you will survive this breakup, or the friend who brings you a movie and takeaway when you are ill, it is the seemingly small gestures which have the biggest impact and make us look forward to the future.

Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise

Good friends are honest and are prepared to have difficult conversations with you in a loving way. Not to be confused with the idiot that points out that you have gained a few pounds by jabbing – literally- at your soft spots.  It means that they will question whether you can afford that luxury item when they can see the unopened credit card bills in the corner, they will invite you to join them for a walk in the countryside when you have been stuck on the sofa with a stale pizza all week .  Good friends care about you and will point out the things that will get in the way of your happiness, but likewise they will cheer you on when you make changes.

Do you have a friend who has all these wonderful qualities?  Do share your stories and tag them. 

 

How to Beat the January Blues.

January! The dark nights, terrible weather and the fact payday is a long way away can really drag the most cheery of folks down.  Not to mention, the excesses of the Christmas season finally catch up on us.  Today, Monday the 15th January is officially Blue Monday.  But don’t let that get you down.  Fortunately, we have rounded up the best ways to put the spring back in your step.

Look after No. 1

If you are anything like us, you probably look as terrible as you feel.  The best way to feel better is to start from the inside. Ensure you get your 7 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of water and green tea, and eat healthy home-cooked food.  If your cooking skills are lacking, why not join us at a Masterclass and learn how to cook up a storm?

Giving yourself a good old pamper will also lift your spirits. (Yes, gents you too!)  Whether it is a long soak in the tub or a massage, being gentle with yourself will have you back on the road to recovery in no time.

Laugh More!

Science says that a big hearty belly laugh is actually good for you. Laughing floods your your system with feel-good hormones that reduce your stress levels and help you beat off the seasonal coughs and flu.  

If you are feeling so low that you feel you lost your sense of humour, then go out to a comedy club.  Studies show that laughing is contagious so before long you will be laughing so hard your ribs will hurt, and any stress will melt away.

Why not  join us on one of our jaunts to Manchester’s best comedy clubs and you get the added bonus of a confidence boost from meeting new people too.

Book your next Holiday.

There is a wealth of research to suggest that planning and anticipating your next holiday is as good for you as actually going on one. Whilst your post-Christmas budget may be tighter than your post-Christmas jeans, it is surprisingly easy and affordable to plan a European getaway. So within a few weeks you could be exploring the best Europe has to offer.  Now your in-tray does not appear as bad does it?

Did you know Social Circle loves organising exciting weekend breaks?  We know it can be a pain organising everything or even travelling alone. So now you can have a great time exploring new cities with other Manchester-based singles knowing every detail is planned (we even source the best pubs and clubs!). Best of all, our breaks start from as little as £75!

 

3 Steps to Making Resolutions that Matter.

Whilst we may collectively roll our eyes at every ‘New Year, New Me’ pledge that we see on Social Media, there is something about a new year that inspires us to take action to become better people.  

Whether we want to get fit and healthy, super-charge our dating life by meeting new people or save more, the future vision of a happier version of ourselves can lure us into making resolutions. Of course, there is also the temptation of parting with your hard-earned cash to join in the latest wonder diet/dating site/get rich-quick scheme.  Yet research shows that only 8% will actually stick to their resolutions.  

So let us show you how you can make 2018 your best-ever year, with our tried-and-tested approach.  

Take a good hard look at your life.

Eeek! Whilst this sounds ominous, it is not as scary as it sounds.  This is about figuring out where you want to be, and knowing where you are now.  An annual appraisal of your life, if you like.  We suggest you break down the areas of your life into sections such as career, finances, health and fitness, hobbies, your everyday environment, your social life, relationships and personal development. Now rate your happiness in each of those areas with 1 being extremely unhappy to 10 being ultimate happiness.  It helps if you write a few lines which describe what life in each is like now, and what your 10/10 life would look like, e.g.  

The Vision:  I am in a happy and loving relationship with someone who has a good sense of humour and loves local history and hiking as much as I do.

Now: I am single and have not had much luck with dating sites.  I would like to get out more but my friends don’t share my interests.  3 out of 10.

There are two reasons we suggest this approach.  Firstly, creating a vision for your future is key to success. Secondly, aiming to improve your happiness score in each area is likely to give you a realistic goal to focus on.  Even if reaching your ultimate goal takes longer than a year, a small increase in satisfaction in an area will give you a lasting sense of achievement.

Prioritise Your Goals.

Now you have completed your Life Appraisal it is time to look at which areas to focus on.  The reality is that you don’t have an infinite amount of time or money to spend chasing your dream life.  Instead, look at the areas that are causing you the most unhappiness and commit to focusing on those areas first.

Why?

Well put simply, because if certain aspects of your life are making you miserable then ultimately it will drain your energy away from your resolutions.  You will not feel like hitting the gym if your finances are keeping you awake at night.  You will bore potential dates if you give them a 20 minute monologue of reasons you hate your boss. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day will not help you feel better about the damp-encrusted flat you are living in.

Even if you are happy with life overall, choosing no more than three areas to focus on will take the pressure off you.  Your life is not a complete disaster, and you are perfectly lovely the way that you are.  Just focus on a few areas of your life where you really want to see a difference. Remember, committing to a resolution is about a better and happier life for YOU. So there is no need to go for broke on this ‘New Me’ malarkey.  

If you are clever about it, you may even find creative ways of working on multiple goals at the same time. For example, if you want to save cash, and meet new like-minded people then you may want to look at how to enjoy 150 social and leisure activities in Manchester every month for as little as £19.99 a month

Build Good Habits.

Now you have the areas of life you want to work on, and your vision for the future, you need to put in place some habits that you can build into your life and commit to. It is the small  changes to everyday habits that lead to success, rather than relying on willpower alone.  So instead of challenging yourself to ‘lose a stone in a fortnight’, why not commit to exercising 3 times a week and put it in your diary. If you want to travel more then work out a budget and commit to putting money aside every week so you can afford some fun weekends away.  Before you know it, you will have reached your goal and developed the habits to make it a change that lasts a lifetime. Sounds like a good plan to us.   

So let’s look back at our lovelorn hiker.  What good habits could they put in place?

  • Go on weekly local history walks and countryside hikes to meet new  people.
  • Go  to Comedy Nights in Manchester at least twice a month. I may stand a better chance of finding the love of my life if we are laughing at the same jokes!
  • Join Social Circle  so I can plan the weeks social activities from my phone (and take advantage of the introductory offer-yippee)

If you take this approach to building your dream life, we can guarantee that in January 2019 you will be happier and more fulfilled than you are now.  So what areas of your life will you be working on in 2018? Do tell us and share your goals in the comment box below.