For most of us, geographical proximity is paramount when looking to meet our potential match. However, while a requirement of necessity, geographical similarity doesn’t always mean romance. If you’re looking to date and meet singles in Teesside, Match UK helps not only find local dates but also aids in filtering particular interests – from religion to music and other personal passions.

Match UK offers many ways to find a match from speed dating to other local events in Teesside. Once you have found a match you share interests with, Teesside presents many dating opportunities from cinema and museum visits to long country and beach walks or an elegant evening at a cocktail bar.

The beauty with dating in Teesside is that it can be as diverse or as niche as you like, offering a mixture of landscapes. Once you register your account and location with Match, you’ll be the first to hear about popular Match nights and socials in your area. In the meantime, below are listed several venues perfect for a variety of dates with a fellow Teesside single to suit a plethora of vibes from a chill coffee to a lively night out.

Music

Arguably, music and food are the two most universal interests. Few things can bond a potential romantic couple more than discovering a new music artist together and sharing in a live experience. Even if you’re both into different genres, the venn diagram can overlap over a beer, pizza and a new band.

  • Stockton Globe

Situated in the heart of Stockton High Street, Stockton Globe originally opened its doors in 1935. Throughout its life as an entertainment venue, it has played host to many international names, from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Sadler’s Wells Ballet and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Book tickets online in advance and marvel at your favourite new or old artist as you hold hands.

  • Georgian Theatre in Stockton

One of the oldest Georgian provincial theatres in the country, the Georgian Theatre is now managed and programmed by the Tees Music Alliance and can accommodate 200 people standing. Its unpretentious interior provides an intimate setting for a variety of types of music and entertainment are provided including live bands, jazz, folk and plays. Previous performers include the Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, James Blunt and The Maccabees.

  • The Middlesbrough Empire

Built in 1897 as a music hall, the Middlesbrough Empire has played host to a variety of performers including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, The Scissor Sisters, The Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian. Enjoy wonderful and world famous sounds in this three-storey nightclub and live music venue adorned with interior elements from the original Victorian theatre.

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Culture

A cinema or museum trip is particularly great for those who may sit on the shyer side of the fence. Absorbing culture while watching a film or walking through an exhibition allows for some silence, reflection and introspection. It also provides a great conversation starting point for that chat over coffee post-movie or show.

  • Kirkleatham Museum

This museum features a wide range of exhibitions and displays covering local industrial, maritime and social history all of which are hosted in the Queen Anne building, which dates back to 1709. Take a stroll and enjoy Indian, Thai, Italian even British Tapas at the accompanying restaurant.

  • Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

History lovers are sure to enjoy this iconic British landmark. The museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events.

  • Showcase Cinema de Lux

Enjoy the latest releases as well as vintage classics like Pretty Woman and Top Gun at Teesside’s Cinema de Lux. This multi-screen cinema is unique with its leather seats, built-in cafe and restaurant and multicolored lighting making it the perfect romantic date setting.

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Nature

Teesside offers an array of natural beauty and don’t think that a walk in the park date is restricted to mature west country singles alone! Dates in nature can get creative, from picnics to butterfly houses. So pack your flask and take in the fresh air.

  • Preston Park

This 100-acre park hosts multiple events each year and is located next to the River Tees. A Victorian museum is also located in the centre if you fancy a browse where you can find Butterfly World – an environment specially controlled to allow a variety of exotic butterflies to thrive.

  • RSPB Saltholme

This beautiful wetland centre is perfect for lovers of wildlife. Seek out a bench in the tranquil wildlife garden or venture to the far reaches of the reserve for some quiet time with nature and your date.

  • Fairy Dell

Fairy Dell is magical all year round but in winter it serves as a particularly snowy treat. Enjoy a walk by the stream as you birdwatch, feed ducks and discover trees of all shapes and ages in this mythical and other-wordly environment.

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Casual Restaurants

Ah, the dinner date – arguably the most popular of all the date categories. However, the struggle early on can be finding the perfect balance between smart and casual – a setting that feels too posh can feel awkward and intimidating, but a fast food chain equally does not allow for comfortable conversation to flow. Here are some picks that we think perfectly strike that balance.

  • Aroma Bar & Restaurant

A chic wood and bare brick decor welcomes you into this Italian bistro. A simple menu, yet exquisitely cooked and presented, daily specials of both food, wine and cocktails will enhance your choices. What are you waiting for? A romantic Italian night awaits.

  • Baker Street Kitchen

This location can be attended for both a coffee date or a more romantic evening restaurant choice. The most casual option on the menu, Baker Street Kitchen serves up sandwiches, pancakes and waffles with a hot pot of loose leaf tea or fresh coffee so you can feel cosy and comfortable with your date as you get to know each other while sharing a side of extra maple syrup.

  • The Massala Indian Restaurant Middlesbrough

This straightforward yet subtly chic Indian restaurant will satisfy your cravings for curry and romance alike. The red and white interior feels casual enough for a first date but cosy enough to leave some things to the imagination.