There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something.
- JRR Tolkein
This is good advice for Birmingham singles from a man who knew the city well. And for those looking to find love, there is plenty of good news.
As we know, Birmingham is the most populated city in the UK outside London. There are well over 2 million people in the metropolitan area, and the population is growing and getting younger every day. So if you are thinking of trying online dating, Birmingham is the city in which to do it. How else will you find Mr or Ms Right among all those eligible singles?
A relationship and dating website where it’s free to review matches with other singles is the perfect place to start. You can review your potential matches, make contact discreetly, and establish a rapport through online dating, without going out together before you are both ready. And for singles with childcare responsibilities, a dating website provides the opportunity for a varied social life, reducing the expense of a babysitter.
Dating in Birmingham offers almost limitless opportunities for entertainment and romance, whatever your interests. It’s free to review matches with the eHarmony Compatibility Matching System. And, as we already know, there’s nothing like looking if you want to find something, especially if your goal is to find love!
Dating is a big commitment, which is why eHarmony allows you to take your time checking out your compatible matches online before committing to that all-important first date.
Birmingham has a long history of invention and creativity, so why not apply yours to choosing the time and place for your first date? Your choice of first date is an opportunity to demonstrate your thoughtfulness. And an interesting location can add intrigue and interest to your budding relationship.
Restaurants and bars immediately spring to mind, especially as there are so many to choose from. But a more creative idea could just be a coffee among the professional singles at Centenary Square or by the canal. It’s inexpensive, not too intimidating, and there’s plenty of activity to talk about. Besides, you’ll fit in easily among the tables of friends and casual acquaintances, and no one will know you are taking your next step into a whole new world of dating.
If you don’t fancy the city centre, then the leafy greenery of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Edgbaston Park are other potential locations that could provide fresh air and inspiration. And there are plenty of other city parks providing low-key and free dating ideas.
Once you’ve met a match you are deeply compatible with, and your first date has gone well, the whole city will take on a new look and energy as your confidence grows and you explore the fresh opportunities for exploring Birmingham together. So, at some stage, you will want to get more adventurous and ramp up the romance...
Sharing an adventure is a great way to bond with your date – just think of all those road-trip movies. But before you rush to book yourselves a fly-drive to Birmingham, Alabama, what about some adventure closer to home? Thrill-seeking singles and their matches can choose to go zorbing at various locations around the city. Zorbing is the perfect adrenaline adventure for dating with a twist. You will go from online dating to being harnessed into a giant rubber ball with your date and being rolled down a Tamworth hillside laughing yourselves silly.
At eHarmony, we don’t like to make assumptions about people’s ages or interests. And luckily, in Birmingham, which is now home to its own annual international dance festival, we don’t have to. From tea dances and street dance to salsa and Bollywood, singles are into it all. You can tap your feet in the stalls at the Hippodrome or learn some new moves and step out together on a city-wide dancing extravaganza.
You can enjoy the same sort of diversity when it comes to music. Birmingham Symphony Hall is considered by many to be among the best concert halls in the world, and it regularly hosts classical performances and top international artists. The ambience of the Symphony Hall matches the quality of the performances, so add it to the list for a first-class dating idea.
As well as its own symphony orchestra and conservatoire, Birmingham’s musical heritage includes the Electric Light Orchestra, UB40, and a who’s who of heavy metal. Bands you might now see at the O2 once played the Rainbow, and a trip to either venue is a great idea – blasting the past or ringing the changes, depending on your preference.
At some point, you and your date are almost certainly going to get hungry. So it’s a good job that Birmingham is full of restaurants in which to dine, with or without wine – from the Warehouse Cafe to Ken’s Hickory Pit and from Byzantium to Bohemia. By the time you come to decide, you’ll have a good idea about each other’s tastes, so you’ll find the perfect place for dining and dating in Birmingham – a little place all of your own to treasure and return to together again and again.
It’s free to review matches, so get dating in Birmingham now.
Graham and Marsha are just one example of the many couples who have found love with eHarmony. They met in January 2005 and were married the same year. Marsha says, "For me eHarmony was the best way of meeting my soul mate. I was able to get to know Graham and feel in love with the person he was from a very early stage. We have been married for almost four years now and we’re expecting our second child. Thank you, eHarmony, for bringing us together!"