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    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 meet West Country singles, Match helps you not only to find local dates, but also to filter potential mates by particular interests – from religion to music, and all sorts of other personal passions.

    Once you have found a match you share interests with, the West Country offers many date activities, from cinema and museum visits to long country and beach walks, or even an elegant evening at a cocktail bar.

    The beauty with dating in the West Country is that it can be as diverse or as niche as you like in offering a mixture of landscapes – from big cities to smaller towns and villages. Once you register your account and location with Match, you’ll be the first to hear about the widely popular Match nights and socials in your area. In the meantime, below are several venues perfect for a variety of dates with a fellow West Country single.


    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.

    • Crofters Rights, Bristol
      This bar in Stokes Croft is the perfect blend of hip and casual. Showcasing up and coming musicians of all genres, tickets are often no more than £5 and you can enjoy one of their great pizzas as you chat and discover new music together.
    • Red Lion, Newquay
      With a stunning harbour-view, play pool together as you watch a live band.
    • Tavistock Wharf, Devon
      More of an upbeat option, perhaps best for a second or third date, Tavistock offers great lighting, diverse musical performers and a chic coffee bar. The perfect fun Friday night date.


    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.

    • Watershed, Bristol
      A cinema, bar and cafe all in one, Bristol’s Watershed is a hub of visual culture. They often host Q&As after screenings which can be a great way for you and your match to interact with the cultural experience.
    • Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives
      This breathtaking museum preserves the 20th-century sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s studio and garden much as it were. If you and your West Country single are into abstract art, this is the place.
    • The Roman Baths, Bath
    • A classic choice and perfect if you and your match are interested in ancient history. The Roman Baths are nothing short of a breathtaking experience perfect for all generations from twenty-somethings to mature West Country singles.


    The West Country 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 swimming in a lake. So pack your thermos and take in the fresh air.

    • Henleaze Lake
      Located in the outskirts of Bristol, Henleaze lake offers a refreshing yet vintage feel. Ideal for swimming, it has been open to the public since 1919 and boasts a huge 1950s diving tower as well as changing rooms and grassy banks. Mature West Country singles can get active and be transported in the cooling water. Even in winter months, the surrounding nature and peaceful water make for a lovely country walk.
    • Golden Cap, Dorset
      Arguably one of Britain’s most beautiful coastlines, Golden Cap is a hill and cliff situated on the English Channel coast between Bridport and Charmouth in Dorset, England. Part of the National Trust, breath in the bewildering landscape.
    • Clifton Suspension Bridge
      Offering the perfect blend of nature and architecture, Izembard’s Suspension bridge offers one of Britain’s most beautiful vues, particularly at sunset. Grab a drink at the hotel bar and overlook the bridge, lake and surrounding parks.


    Bonding over dance is great for all types of people both extroverts and introverts. You develop a skill together which requires patience and paying close attention. Dancing is an opportunity to experiment with intimacy in a way that’s friendly, exciting and unbelievably romantic.

    • Salsa Souls, Bristol
      Arrive with or without a partner and you’ll be sure to dance the night away with many other West Country singles at Salsa Souls. Offering Friday Latin parties and Wednesday classes develop a skill as you grow close to your match.
    • Puttin’ On the Ritz, Plymouth
      Offering classes from £5 per person from ballroom to Latin, this dance school in Plymouth offers a great opportunity to bond with your match through both intimacy and fun.
    • Dance in Devon, Over 50s group

    Offering classes for £4 every Thursday, the Over 50s Group offers fun Dance fusions from Africa, Spain, Brazil and Asia.

    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 perfectly strike that balance.

    • Carribean Croft, Bristol
      Located in Stokes Croft, Caribbean Croft offers up creative Jamaican-inspired dishes from jerk salmon to aubergine curry as well as the classics like plantain, rice & peas and mac & cheese. The cocktail menu and 2-for-1 specials can be enjoyed in a homey atmosphere.
    • The Slope, Newquay
      This dog-friendly, beachfront spot is a great place to bring your furry pals and bond over a burger and fries.
    • Buco Pizzeria, Windermere
      This wine bar and pizzeria fusion is the epitome of smart casual. The interior is fresh, clean and bright – perfect for conversation.
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