Are you a Manchester-based, mature, lesbian or non-binary queer person whose single and ready to mingle? Ourtime is a safe, secure and LGBTQIA+ friendly dating site helping people find love no matter their age, gender, sexuality, race or religion.

Feeling sceptical? Fair enough, this might be your first time dipping your toe into the online dating pond! But here’s an interesting fact for you to indulge in; in the modern world, single people are twice as likely to find that special someone on the Internet as in real life. So I guess rather than get all dressed up and hang around your local bar waiting for love to appear, we might as well take some photos in that stunning outfit and start up an Ourtime profile!

The beauty of dating as a senior is that you know what you want after possibly a few experiences in love. Ourtime works as a great and effective dating site for all senior members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the UK. Once you log on, the search engine uses filters which allow you to narrow down your search results by specifying your desired partner’s profession, age, gender and location.

As a Manchester-based senior single, you may be looking for somebody to marvel at the inspiring exhibitions the local galleries have installed. On the contrary, you may be looking for an artsy craftsy type to draw and learn pottery with or perhaps you’re a sporty spice looking to romance in the great outdoors come rain or shine. No matter your personality or preferred type, Ourtime caters to an array of single lesbian and queer seniors open to love, friendship or whatever emotional flow comes your way.

Here is a list of dating ideas for Manchester-based senior lesbian singles which will meet a diverse array of moods and interests.

The Dinner Date

Gusto

To say this restaurant is pretty would be a huge understatement. Gusto brings a sophisticated taste of Milan to Lloyd Street. Indulge in fresh plates of pasta while making eyes at one another over handpicked bottles of vino, all against a backdrop of romantic 1920s-style decor. The bar sits in the restaurant centre and is a blend of 60s retro mod and vintage Japanese style. The brown and green tones are truly breathtaking. The entire atmosphere inspires us to live our Mad Men fantasy!

Chuan Restaurant

A traditional Chinese restaurant on Canal Street which promises delicate dim sum and your favourite chinese dishes. The interior is elegant and warm and immediately makes you feel at ease.

The Ivy Spinningfields

Vibrant and vivacious and sensual in the classiest of fashions. With three sprawling levels that include a traditional brasserie, this modern Asian bar and stunning rooftop spaces promises both fun and sophistication. Nab a spot at the Spinningfields favourite and indulge in all-day dining with alluring cocktails to match.

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The Culture Date

So you’re looking to get intellectual and inspired on your date? Attending an exhibition with that special someone is a great conversation starter and a great way to give them an insight into your interests. It also promises a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Here are a few great exhibitions currently on show in the big city.

Life Drawing Lates at Salford Museum

Join local illustrator and artist Paul Pickford and a live model for an evening session exploring form and shape with expert guidance. A great way to unwind after a busy day, and start or develop your drawing skills from the human form.

People’s History Museum

The People’s History Museum is dedicated to “ideas worth fighting for” and that’s a foot we like to start off on. The exhibition documents the struggles of previous activists to bring change to Manchester and beyond, with the hope of inspiring the next generation of activists. While the exhibitions and galleries are subject to change, as of writing you can learn about queer women’s activism in the “2019 Banner Display” and the “OUTing the Past” series for LGBT History Month.

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The Active Date

For shyer types, sports activities are sometimes the best type of date. The game becomes a great conversation starter and can ease any social awareness or feelings of anxiety. Good game!

Ceramic Taster Sessions at the Lemon Studio

Situated in the bucolic surroundings of “The Hive ” Red Farm, Lemon Studio’s team of experienced instructors run courses, create ceramics, and even host parties! Their ceramic taster session is perfect for beginners to pottery, and encompasses 2 x 1 hour private classes, materials included.

Manchester Printworks

Interactive bowling lanes, beer pong tables, and karaoke. How many more conversation starters could we ask for?!

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The Hip Queer Date

Wanna get down with the youngsters? As you should! Age is just a number and who says that the older we get the less fun we want to have? Manchester boasts an array of exciting bars and events that cater to queer culture. Here are some trendy mentions sure to impress your date.

Vanilla

Vanilla is often described as “the Lesbian Mecca of the north” and is one of the most famous lesbian bars in the country. European lesbian magazine Diva has awarded it the coveted “Best Bar in the UK” title several times over the past 20 years. The beauty with Vanilla is that it situates itself as a fierce champion of lesbian culture in Manchester and beyond via its diversity. If you’re not looking for a rave, you should head there mid-week to play pool, enjoy a relaxing conversation, and listen to more mellow music. But if you do fancy a wild night there’s always the weekend…

The Molly House

Located just the road behind the famously queer-friendly Canal Street, this rustic pub features authentic Hispanic tapas, real ale, and low-level music so that you can actually have a conversation with your charming match.