Joining a gym or organised classes such as aerobics or yoga is a great way to get out and meet new people, boost your confidence and get fit and healthy at the same time.
Take time out to indulge yourself whether it be a weekly massage, visit to the hairdressers, manicure, facial or even a weekend break at a health farm. Men too can benefit from massage and relaxation therapies such reiki healing or meditation.
Latin and ballroom, salsa, disco, line dancing, tap, jazz.whatever takes your fancy, dance clubs are always on the look out for new people, particularly men who are often in short supply as suitable dance partners. Look in local papers or the telephone directory for dance schools.
Amateur dramatics societies are always looking for new people and welcome total novices. The important thing is your willingness to give anything a go and if the stage doesn't beckon there is plenty to do behind the scenes.lighting, props, costume making, administration etc.
Join a faith group
Go to your local church, mosque, temple or join a choir, spiritual healing group, Alpha group. joining a faith or spiritual group is one of the best ways to meet new people and form long lasting friendships.
Whether you are thinking of retraining or simply want to try something new for fun, joining evening classes at your local adult education college is a great way to meet people and form lasting friendships. Click here for further information on adult education.
Learn a foreign language
Get some self-teach books and CD Roms or take a few classes to learn a new language. Take a short break to the country of your chosen language to try out your new skill.
Become a local
Pull up a bar stall at your local pub and sit and chat to the bar staff and people around you. Introduce yourself and begin visiting at regular times, say two evenings per week or set times during the day. This way you will have more chance of bumping into the same people and establishing a rapport with them.
Fund-raise for charity
Contact any large charity and they will explain how you can fund raise and participate in events in your local area. Most charities will pay for the cost of the activity as long as you raise the required amount of sponsorship money. Common fund-raising activities include parachute jumping, rally car racing, bungee jumping and abseiling.
Getting out of the house is not always easy, if you have children or mobility difficulties for example. Most Internet service providers offer chatrooms as part of their service. Simply click on the chatroom icon when you log on and follow the instructions. Click here for information on chatroom safety.
Try your local sports centre, the Internet, local paper or community notice boards for details of teams looking for participants. If you are not sure what sport is for you ask your local sports centre, tennis courts, bowling green or other sporting facilities for details of forthcoming lessons.
Go to the cinema or theatre
Find details of local cinemas or theatres and go to regular shows, plays or films.
Join a community project
There are restoration projects, environmental clean-ups, voluntary work and community events happening all over the UK. Keep an eye out in the local paper for public meetings or contact details of local groups.
Join the TA
The Territorial Army is always looking for new recruits and the bonus is you get paid whilst doing it! Click here for further details.
Go to a sporting event
Watch rugby, hockey, football, bowling, cricket.whatever you enjoy. Everyone in the crowd will share your enthusiasm for the same sport or support the same team so you will have plenty in common. Consider getting a season ticket and build up a rapport with the supporters around you.
Learn a musical instrument
Piano, violin, drums, electric guitar, harp.get really good and join a band or orchestra! Alternatively try singing lessons and get involved in concerts or amateur dramatics.
Get on TV
A quiz show would be your best bet. Watch out for addresses at the end of shows or try television network websites. Send a poem or unusual photograph of yourself with the application form - something that stands out and grabs their attention. Then, at the audition be confident but don't try too hard. If you are picked it will be an all expenses paid trip and an experience you are unlikely to forget!
If you have a strong political persuasion contact your local Party office which should be listed on any main Party website. By joining you should receive regular information about social events and can volunteer to help with canvassing and other tasks during any election period.
Join a singles club
See the next article on Singles Clubs and Holidays