Four Ways to Get to Know Your New Area

Four Ways to Get to Know Your New Area

Some people will live in the same area their whole life. For others, whether it’s due to work commitments or just wanting to try something new, there comes a time when they decide to make the big move to a new village, city or town.

As much as a fresh start in a new area is exciting, unfamiliar surroundings can feel a little daunting. We've put together some tips on how best to settle into your new neighbourhood, get involved in a range of activities and truly make your new area feel like home.

Get to know your neighbours

Meet your neighbours, even in lockdown! Many towns, villages and suburbs now have a community Facebook group where you can find out about local events and community activities. Alternatively, website Nextdoor aims to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighbourhood connection.

So why not create an account to find verified people in your area and keep up with local news, community events and reach out to other neighbours at the click of a button.

When restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so, taking a stroll to your new high street to explore the independent cafes, shops and bistros is another fantastic way to get to know your new area and those who make it special.

Help out the community

There are a number of places to find local opportunities to volunteer, fundraise or engage with various campaigns. Websites such as The Conservation Volunteers and Do It match you to the right opportunity where you can really make a difference in your community.

The Government website also has a listing for community support groups searchable by postcode.

Discover local attractions

Go online and learn about those hidden gems that even long-term residents might not know of.

Day Out With The Kids is a national community website with thousands of listings for family-friendly days out across the UK. Similarly, Attractions Near Me is packed full of exciting things to do.

If you prefer to explore nature and heritage sites, The National Trust website has a wealth of information on local events at their properties too. Added to this, you can really sink your teeth into the history of your new area by getting to know famous historical faces and events that once took place nearby.

Make friends, safely

Exploring shared interests is a great way to meet more people.

When you’re new to an area, Meetup helps to connect like-minded locals. By joining up you can meet people who want to indulge in their favourite hobbies, from book clubs to dog walking and cinema groups, there are thousands of options.


Similarly, websites like Eventbrite allow you to search locally for everything from concerts to yoga, with numerous free events available too when things return to normal.


Planning to make the move to your new Miller Home soon? Share with us how you’re getting involved with your local community on Twitter or Facebook.