What's Going On in My New Neighbourhood?
The boxes are almost unpacked, and your house is starting to feel like home but what about your new neighbourhood? Moving into a new community and finding out what’s going on in your area is really exciting but the question is, where do you start?
During those first few weeks, you may be wondering where the best place is for your morning coffee, how to join the local book club and which pub serves the best Sunday lunch. Well, here are a few ways you can find out what’s going on in your local area.
Make friends with your neighbours
The best recommendations come from word of mouth, so a great place to find out more about your new community is by having a chat with your neighbours.
Some of them may also be new to the area which gives you a great opportunity to get together and set up your own clubs. Whether you love gardening, knitting, cooking or reading, you’re bound to have some common interests so take the plunge and offer to host the first meet-up.
If your neighbours have lived in the area for a while, then they will probably have lots of tips and advice on places to go and things to look out for in the area.
Why not organise a housewarming party so you can get to know your new neighbours a little better? For tips on how to host a hassle-free housewarming, take a look at our blog.
A great way to find out what is going on in the area is on social media. Many communities have their own private Facebook group where residents share information about events, recommend electricians and plumbers or sell items like toys and furniture.
Ask around to see if anyone knows of a page like this or you could set up your own if you are moving into a new neighbourhood. Even a WhatsApp group with your neighbours will help you stay in touch and see what is happening.
Out and about
Head to your local community centre, gym or library and take a look at the notice board or have a chat with the staff there. Sign up for a class or workshops or join a new group, as this is a great way to get to know people and make new friends in your community.
If you work from home, why not take your laptop to the local café and see who else pops in for a coffee? Or if you have children at school or nursery, make time to get to know the other parents at pick up and drop off times.
The best way to really find out what’s going on in your community is to become part of it. This is the perfect reason to sample all the area has to offer, from pub lunches and cream teas in the local café to dog walks in the park. Just a drive or bike ride around your neighbourhood will give you a good idea of all the fun things happening your right on your new doorstep.