Are you looking for an opportunity to find new friends? Maybe you and your best friends are looking for fun ideas to easily meet more people? Luckily, there are a number of events and activities to do at the weekend that make building friendships simple and easy! Whether you have moved to a new city and want to make new friends or you simply want to expand your circle of friends and meet more like-minded people, we have rounded up the top 10 things to do at the weekend to make friends.

Top 10 Things to Do at the Weekend to Make Friends:

  • Bao Bun Cookery Class with Oriental Food
  • Group Salsa Dance Class with Salsateca Dance School
  • Woodcarving Workshop with The Hall of Bright Carvings
  • Introduction to Photography Course with Matthew Williams-Ellis
  • Life Drawing Class with MasterPeace
  • Leather Bucket Bag Workshop with Love and Salvage
  • Graffiti Workshop and Street Art Tour with Alternative London
  • Silver Ring Making Workshop with The Ringsmiths
  • Online Wellbeing Workshop with The Art Room
  • Kids Craft Class with Craft My Day LTD

Bao Bun Cookery Class with Oriental Food

Learn how to make delicious food 

Location: Islington, North London

Steamed buns are a popular dish in Chinese dim sum history along with pan-fried buns. In this dim sum cooking class, you will learn how to make tasty fillings and you will also master intricate bun-wrapping skills.

Bao buns are also increasingly popular in the UK! Not only are they delicious, but they're also easy to make from scratch.

Dim sum dishes are usually shared and enjoyed within a group dining experience, making this the perfect workshops to meet more like minded foodies.

At the end of this deliciously fun London cooking class, you'll have three homemade Asian-style buns to dig into along with the skills and know-how you need to make more!

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Group Salsa Dance Class with Salsateca Dance School

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Location: Finsbury, Central London

No matter if you're a beginner with two left feet or a confident intermediate dancer, this salsa class welcomes students of all levels!

As well as learning impressive salsa dancing steps, this class is a great opportunity to meet new people who share your interest in dancing.

You don’t need to bring a partner to join in! During this class, students are instructed to rotate dance partners several times during the lesson, which means you are sure to meet new people and make new friends.

Salsateca Dance School was founded in 1992 and since then the team at Salsateca have helped students master salsa dancing while also making new friends.

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Woodcarving Workshop with The Hall of Bright Carvings

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Location: Greenwich, South East London

From beginner friendly techniques to advanced methods, this woodcarving workshop explores a range of different projects, approaches and procedures.

You will be shown how to handle the tools safely as well as how to efficiently transfer your design onto wood. Students will be working alongside some more experienced carvers who are regulars to the weekend woodcarving sessions with The Hall of Bright Carvings.

Collaborating with experienced students gives you the opportunity to make new friends while also getting some useful woodcarving tips and tricks!

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Introduction to Photography Course with Matthew Williams-Ellis

Make friends while exploring London

Location: South Bank, Central London

Explore London in a group photography workshop, where you will discover new friendships as well as your passion for photography!

Matthew will offer tips on composition, guide your photographic eye and help you develop a proactive photography mindset, ensuring you can apply your new found skills to any given situation when photographing in the future.

Matthew Williams-Ellis is a professional travel and landscape photographer who has been awarded in Travel Photographer of the Year, and been a finalist on many other occasions. He carries out welcoming group workshops, perfect for meeting new people and learning new photography skills.

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Life Drawing Class with MasterPeace

Learn life drawing skills with MasterPeace

Location: Belgravia, Central London

Hosted by talented artist and MasterPeace instructor, Harriet Gillett, this workshop sets the perfect atmosphere to make new friends!

This class will be aimed at loosening you up and getting those creative juices flowing with an emphasis on following your intuition and allowing yourself to make ‘mistakes’. You will receive guidance and tips throughout the class as you desire, as well as encouragement to try new media and techniques.

Working from a male life model, Harriet will gradually introduce you to new techniques and aspects of life drawing.

Each mindful workshop with MasterPeace is completely beginner-friendly and welcomes students of all levels to interact with other arty students!

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Leather Bucket Bag Workshop with Love and Salvage

Design your own leather bag 

Location: Leyton, East London

In this course, Love and Salvage will take you through the various steps of creating your own unique bucket bag!

This is a practical and hands-on course that is suitable for complete beginners. Students will learn all of the designers tips for working with leather in this small workshop.

Love and Salvage has limited this workshop to no more than two students, making this the ideal workshop for those who are wanting to make new friends without going to a lively group class.

Love and Salvage run workshops which demystify various techniques so that students leave with the knowledge and confidence to approach their own complex projects.

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Graffiti Workshop and Street Art Tour with Alternative London

Discover London street art 

Location: Spitalfields, East London

In this workshop, students can expect to be taken on a walking tour which explores London's original graffiti and street art.

Once you have discovered some of the worlds finest street art with other artsy students, you will head to the Alternative London workshop to create your very own spray paint stencil piece.

All students regardless of their artistic ability are welcome in this workshop as the Alternative London team will teach students all they need to know to help them create their own piece of street art.

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Silver Ring Making Workshop with The Ringsmiths

Make your own silver jewellery 

Location: London Bridge, Central London

This class is designed to provide you with the essential groundwork needed for wax carving all whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly in a relaxed, social and creative environment.

The Ringsmiths team will enlighten you to basic tips and tricks on how to design a comfortable and fashionable ring. As well as sharing various techniques and tools that can be used, the tutors in this workshop encourage student's creative freedom when designing their ring. So why not take inspiration and share your ideas with the other creative students in this workshop?

The Ringsmiths was founded by Ros Millar and Milena Kovanovic, two close friends and award winning jewellery designers and makers who enjoy sharing their skills with enthusiastic students.

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Online Wellbeing Workshop with The Art Room

Create your own themed book

Location: Live online class

Looking to make friends at home with an online workshop? Then look no further! This online group course will show you how to create your own themed book.

Within this workshop, your tutor will provide wellbeing prompts, designed to inspire you when filling the pages of your themed book with exciting art and writing. As well as hands on guidance in this interactive workshop, all of the supplies you will need will be delivered straight to your door.

Taking time to focus on ourselves and support our own wellbeing is more important than ever. The team at The Art Room acknowledge that there are many ways you can focus on your own wellbeing, including exercise, mindfulness and meditation as well as artistic endeavours. Their social workshops aim to provide students with a welcoming space to practise mindfulness and meet new friends.

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Kids Craft Class with Craft My Day LTD

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Location: Worcester Park, South West London

From paper crafts and painting to T-shirt printing, slime and sewing, Craft My Day have a range of craft workshops which will boost your child's confidence in socialising as well as crafting!

The tutors in this workshop are eager to help children learn new skills, complete a project to be proud of and have a fun, relaxed creative day.

Craft My Day LTD runs popular kids craft classes which are designed to help children both exercise their creativity and make new friends. As well as their workshops for children, Craft My Day LTD also offers fun, interactive and creative craft workshops for adults.

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Need more advice?

Whether you consider yourself a lone wolf or a social butterfly, everyone can benefit from having a good group of friends around them! As well as creating shared experiences together, friends can improve your wellbeing. It has been proven that making friends creates a sense of belonging and reduces stress and loneliness. From fun craft activities to at home online classes, there is a broad array of weekend events where you can make new friends!

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