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It’s official: Barnsley is Britain’s favourite town; with the country's smallest emigration figures. Only 115 people out of almost 300,000 tire of this place each year! But what is it about Barnsley that people can’t bear to get away from? And how does the Barnsley dating scene compare to the rest of Britain? What does it have to offer professional singles, students and other common dating folk?
Barnsley singles can enjoy all the free dating delights that come hand in hand with such a prime countryside location. Take a drive to chocolate box village Pot House Hamlet, and wander down the ancient wagon way alongside Silkstone Beck together, around the extensive plant nursery to where the old water wheel used to be. The quaint and relaxing atmosphere should foster conversation and calm any first date jitters, for a smooth transition from online chatting (via a dating website) to face-to-face interaction. Just make sure you bring along a bit of bread for the ducks!
You can also explore the 250 acre thick Old Moor Wetland Centre which features a glut of wetland habitats and a charming picnic area, where you and your date can unwind, taking in the surroundings.
Or, for something completely different head to Maize Maze in neighbouring Cawthorne. See whether you and your date have what it takes to make your way through this enormous, 8ft corn maze! You’ll have to work together solving clues and puzzles and once it’s over you can find a quiet spot on the field and try some ice cream together.
If you’d rather stick to the tried and tested formula of dinner and drinks, dating in Barnsley does not disappoint. Meet at Chennells; it’s a cosy, traditional old English pub where you and your date can slot into a secluded corner and chat with ease. This is a good time to explore conversational common-ground before moving onto the high-pressure restaurant environment – which can highlight awkward silences; so try to pin-point any particular themes that can be revisited later should banter lull over dinner. For a more trendy option, try Eight or Bar Loco instead. For dinner, Latinos Mediterranean Restaurant is a great for dating; offering mouth-watering tapas for two.
For an engaging after dinner activity, head to Barnsley Civic Theatre. The Tuesday Cinema club showcases critically acclaimed iconic, cult and classic films followed by (an optional) light after show discussion; it’s a great way to relive old favourites or discover new classics together!
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