If you’ve had a summer of long days spent at the beach or just lounging in the garden while you listen to the constant throb of your neighbours’ lawn mowers then isn’t it about time you got out there and did something a bit more cultural?
Of course, if you happen to be on your own this autumn the thought of heading to an art house cinema or even going to a gallery or museum can seem slightly alien however, you maybe surprised that you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Exploring, learning and digesting cultural activities is the perfect way for a single person to spend their time over the darker months and who knows, by the spring, you may find yourself armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of art, history or French new wave cinema to impress even the most well-read potential partner.
Visiting an art gallery on your own shouldn’t be seen as being a bit weird as it’s perfect even if you do have a partner. Read and discover more about works of art in your own time as opposed to feeling hurried and before long you’ll find whole days slipping by as you absorb and digest snippets of cultural information. Art galleries are also ideal places to meet new and interesting people and if you fancy being brave and striking up a hushed conversation then the autumn’s the best season to be adventurous.
Pub quiz nights
The local pub on an autumnal evening is pretty much the antithesis of what it means to be alive in England and from chilly evenings huddled around the fire to enjoying a meal by candlelight, there’s plenty to be thankful for now September’s finally here. If you want to take to the pub on a more regular basis then there’s nothing better than a pub quiz to get you started. Grab some like-minded chums, preferably ones with at least half a brain cell, and enter into the pub quiz. Who knows you may actually win a couple or even better you may actually pluck up the courage to ask out the bar maid.
Expanding your group of friends to include a few more literary types is never a bad thing and if you get the chance to join a book club then the winter months are sure to fly by. Reading and living on your own go hand in hand and as you essentially need to devour a book in a relatively short space of time you’re sure to be making the most of your free time as the darker evenings begin to draw in. One of the best bits about a reading club is meeting new people as you discuss the narrative, themes and characters of the book that’s under discussion. A love for cultural sharing has never been so evident other than a book club and looking online or in the library is the ideal means of getting involved.
If you’re not a massive fan of art then museums surely present an equally rewarding cultural alternative as well as also providing a thoroughly respectable location to look for love. If you can find a museum near by to where you work then make sure you visit on regular occasions and always around the same time because you never know who you may bump into during a well-timed lunch break or directly after you finish at the office. Of course, turning a lonely weekend into a cultural fact-finding adventure couldn’t be simpler and from the Natural History Museum to the V & A, London is the perfect place to satisfy your cultural desires.
Of course, for many, one of the best ways to share your cultural appetite is to travel further afield and from Vancouver to San Francisco, if you’re looking for more information with regards to organised trips for singles then you’re bound to find a wealth of ideas online. No matter where you head to on your holidays, travelling on your own needn’t be a painful experience and if you can combine research, languages and some visits to a few pertinent landmarks or monuments then you’ll no doubt find yourself sharing some cultural love in no time at all.
Chris is planning to be the hungriest of culture vultures this autumn and fully intends to devour the art, history and landmarks of London before the end of the year.