One thing that we’ve seen a lot of during the Covid-19 pandemic, is a lot of new arrivals in the Westcountry. Whether those changing their surroundings for a more rural aspect, or perhaps coming back home after an extended period away, there is no question that Devon and Cornwall have seen many new arrivals.
Making friends and meeting new people. It’s an essential part of any new life, but let’s be honest. It can be tricky, especially in the current situation with Covid.
If you’re new in the area, or returning home, how can you meet new people and expand your social scene?
1. Start a new hobby
Probably one of the best ways to meet new people when moving to a new place is to take up a hobby that gets your involved with new people. It might be wild swimming, which is very popular in our region, or it could be crochet, touch rugby, poker or anything. Whatever it is, seek out groups or meetups with likeminded people as a surefire way to make some new friends in Devon or Cornwall.
2. Join a sports club
Getting involved with something like a running club is also a good way to make new friends. You’ll find plenty in places like Plymouth and Exeter, but if you’re in a part of the Westcountry that isn’t so social, you might need to keep an eye out for opportunities – or…
3. Set up your own club
If you’re happy to put in the time and effort, why not set up a club for something that you have a passion for? It might be Dad’s baby club on Thursdays, or perhaps a Scavenger Hunt group. Build it and they will come…
4. Social media groups
There are actually quite a few good social media groups for locals to connect, especially on Facebook and Reddit. Look for groups such as ‘Events in…’ or ‘Your town mums/dads/skateboarders/knitters’ etc. You’ll be surprised what you’ll find even in Devon and Cornwall.
5. Talk to people
It’s bold I know…. But actually, sometimes just starting a conversation can lead to interesting things. Not everyone you talk to will become your best friend instantly, but who knows… This works wonders if you see the same faces regularly.
The post-lockdown dating scene is expected to be pretty vibrant, with some pent up sexual tensions about to erupt in the Summer of Love 2021 (maybe). This also rings true in Devon and Cornwall, so freshen up your Tinder/Bumble/Grindr profile and get hunting. Also a good way to just meet people!
7. Community events
Although a lot of stuff is still on standby, thanks to the pandemic, there are some community events going ahead in 2021. Getting involved in organising events can be a great way to make some bonds and get involved with the community too. Keep an eye out online for up-coming events, and also look out for posters in your locality.
So, those are some of our best suggestions for meeting people in Devon and Cornwall, or anywhere for that matter.
Got any other ideas for making new friends? Let us know in the comments below.