Leicester is the 10th largest city in the UK, so it should come as no surprise that there is a thriving LGBTQI+ community right in the heart of England. At Match, we are here to support you throughout your dating journey, from finding someone who piques your interest to going on your first date, Match will provide advice and tips from experts to make your dating experience fun, new and exciting! With that said, and without further ado, here’s Match’s guide to gay dating Leicester style.
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As of 2015, 1.7% of the UK’s population identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual – and that number is only growing. So when it comes to finding someone special to start dating, it can be more confusing than ever, with hook-up apps and casual dating sites on the rise. Here at Match, we take dating seriously and we want people to find someone who really suits them – and not just for one night, either!
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What Support Can I Get From the LGBTQI+ Community in Leicester?
It’s no secret that getting to the stage where you feel comfortable dating as an LGBTQI+ person can be a journey in itself. Luckily, the city of Leicester boasts a great support network in the form of THE CENTRE, a community-led LGBT+ organisation that works with the LGBTQI+ community to produce safe, accessible services including counselling, training and activities to help everyone from gaybies (people who are new to the LGBT+ community) to anyone who identifies as LGBTQI+ and might want some support, whether it’s to get out there dating or just someone to talk to.
It’s important that as a community we all support each other, and if you’re gay dating in Leicester or just looking for somewhere to meet like-minded people, there are services out there to help.
The Best Gay Dating Leicester Has To Offer
Gay dating in Leicester should be fun! Whether it’s you or your date suggesting places to go, here are some reliable spots to make sure that you’re never out of ideas to maximise the fun in your first (or maybe second) real date.
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Food and Drinks
1. The Dover Castle
According to legend, the Dover Castle is one of the UK’s oldest gay venues. From cabaret nights to karaoke and open mic, the Dover Castle is a great place to head to after a couple of drinks if your date is going particularly well.
2. Grove Farm
Head over to Grove Farm for the farm-to-table experience. If your date is about the environment, it’s great to take them somewhere that focuses on locally-sourced food and traditional British dining – there’s even a carvery!
Manhattan34 is a 1920s-themed cocktail bar in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter with live gigs and entertainment throughout the year. Even better, events are usually free or pay-as-you-want, so you don’t need to feel pressured to pay for entry, just for the drinks themselves.
Events and Cultural Dates in Leicester
1. Go and see the Leicester Wildecats
If you’re into sport, this one’s for you! Leicester Wildecats are the only LGBT+ football team in Leicester and play in the GFSN (the Gay Football Supporters Network) football league, which brings together LBGTQI+ football teams from all over the country to play. Head to a game to watch and support the team with your special someone.
2. Visit the National Space Centre
Because what’s more romantic than staring up at the stars? Boasting a planetarium (the UK’s largest, actually), six galleries and the iconic rocket tower, the National Space Centre is an overlooked date night location. Go to a Space Lates evening for maximum romance.
3. Singalong at the Curve Theatre
Productions include the Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Cher Show and Mamma Mia! So, dance on over to the Curve for a date night of entertainment that will get you singing along to every song (and hopefully your date will too!).
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