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For first dates, it's usually a good idea to avoid the cinema. The average multiplex is pretty lacklustre and hardly congruent to conversation. However, if a conversation with your new flame reveals that they're a massive film or theatre buff, why not make an exception?
If you venture out to Manchester there’s the Cornerhouse. More than your run-of-the-mill Orange Wednesday type affair, it offers a lively programme of innovative, alternative films and screenings – i.e. plenty of possible conversation fodder for the pub later. Or, for something even more off-the-wall, there’s a rising trend in ‘Pop Up Cinemas’ doing the rounds of the Northern Quarter – these nights are usually accompanied by zany dress-codes and interesting after-parties, so could well be worth a look. For something both more local and typical however, there’s plenty of theatrical fun to be had at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, so why not give it a try?
If your date’s the sporty type, maybe you should organise an Oldham dating activity that’s going to get your blood pumping. Manchester Paintball Arena is the largest indoor paintball game zone in the north of England – and it’s right on your doorstep. But if you bruise like a peach, or would prefer a free dating option, how about a bike ride along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal or Crompton Moor?
Aren’t we all! But whether it’s Thai, Greek or Italian there’s a pretty extensive selection of restaurants to choose from when you’re dating in Oldham. The Original Inn, Betty’s, Fusion and Café Lahore are all local favourites.
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If like many Oldham singles , your love life feels more hit-and-miss than head-over-heels, it’s likely that you need to re-evaluate your dating strategy
If you're still in your twenties the obvious point is stop mixing drinks with dates, because between vodka shots and dirty dancing there isn’t much room for real romancing. With the resultant impaired judgement, it isn’t all that surprising that nine times out of ten the resulting dates are about as steamy as an Emmerdale Christmas Special.
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