Dating used to be so simple. You would meet someone, in a pub, or a club, maybe even at High School and you would go on a series of dates and decide whether you liked the person enough to make it a more permanent attachment. Maybe you would meet that special person at work, or on a train traveling to work and a relationship would develop. These days, things are very different and one of the main ways to meet someone is through online dating sites. This is for a range of reasons, with the rise in divorce meaning there are more over 50s dating, the sort of people who may no longer go to nightclubs and yet still want to meet someone for love and companionship.
It is not just the older generation meeting in this way. The rise in divorce has also lead to a rise in single parent dating. Single parents may find it hard to get out and about to meet people purely because they have childcare issues, but they can find themselves a match through dating sites, some of which are now aimed specifically at single parents who may be looking to meet someone in a similar situation, and can talk online and build up a relationship.
There is also the true fact that for people who have been in a damaging relationship or something long term, online dating may be more about sex than about finding another Mr or Mrs Right. There are now sites that offer the opportunities for adult dating – i.e. no strings attached sex, and these may be safer and easier ways to avoid commitment than trawling bars looking for one night stands. These sites need to be used carefully, but if you just want sexual contact rather than love and commitment, they may be just what you are looking for.
If you are dating now, maybe you are looking for a different kind of date, something that avoids the usual restaurant/bar scenario.
Here are a few ideas for dates that would address your love of culture.
Cinema with a Difference
Everyone will be going to see Wonder Woman this summer, but a classier choice is the latest adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘My Cousin Rachel’ starring Rachel Weisz. Go and see it at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, which also happens to be the oldest working cinema in the UK, and get a sofa seat for the full cinematic experience.
The Pre-Raphaelites at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The Pre-Raphaelite school of art contains some of the most beautiful paintings ever committed to canvas, by names like Dante Gabriel Rosseti, Ford Maddox Brown and John Everett Millais. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has a huge collection of Pre-Raphaelite art, and as entry is free, you can enjoy the paintings and then finish off your afternoon with afternoon tea in the beautiful Edwardian tea room.
A night at the Ballet
The Birmingham Royal Ballet is just about to begin its Summer season and the exciting news is that, as well as the perennial favourite Coppelia, there is a performance of three short ballets, including a brand new work, Arcadia. With David Bintley at the helm, the BRB goes from strength to wonderful strength, and a night at the ballet is the ultimate in a cultured dating experience.
If ballet is not your thing, but you love the idea of taking your date to the theatre, the big news in Birmingham is that Miss Saigon will be the big Summer production at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Arriving this July, the iconic musical promises a mixture of love, heartbreak and power, and yes, that helicopter scene will still take the breathe away.