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On 6 Jun 2011 at 1:21pm Denise Ireland wrote:
My name is Denise and my boyfriend and I moved to Lewes in November from Boston, MA, USA. We absolutely love living here. The only problem is that I haven't met many people my age in town and find myself having to look at activities in Brighton. I am 31 years old and I'm up for anything...getting together for some drinks at a local pub, a cup of coffee, hiking the downs. exploring new areas, going the gym or doing other activities. Are there any Lewes websites that post groups in town getting together to do the things mentioned above? Thanks for any suggestions....
Kind regards,
On 6 Jun 2011 at 3:59pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Hi Denise. There aren't any websites like you're suggesting as far as I know but then Lewes is a small enough town that everyone in their early 30's pretty much knows each other anyway. The trick to meeting new people our age here is really to just go to the pub on a Friday night and get chatting to people. The only trick is picking the right pub depending on who you want to get to know.

If you're into sport, predominantly football, then you won't go far wrong with the Elly. If taking copious quantities of drugs and watching small, live bands is more your thing then try the Lansdown. If growing a thick beard, wearing sandals and socks and discussing the relative alcoholic densities of real ale is what floats your boat then go to the Lewes Arms. For a decent meal and mid-week jazz try the Snowy and if you're just in the mood for a good, old fashioned pub fight with a bunch of chavs, turn up at the Volly or Lamb on a Friday night and start talking really loud in an American accent!

In all seriousness though, most people are very approachable and friendly in Lewes and I have a number of friends I've made just through sparking up conversations in a pub.
On 6 Jun 2011 at 6:06pm Rookie wrote:
When the football (soccer?) season starts I can recommend joining the 600 or so others who gather at The Dripping Pan on a Saturday afternoon to watch the fantastic Lewes FC. Bar open all game, food, entertainment and excellent company of all ages.
On 7 Jun 2011 at 5:57am Deelite wrote:
I guess two relegations in two season's could be termed fantastic!

There are many things to do in and around Lewes where you can meet people. Look at the events page on this site for some pointers.
On 7 Jun 2011 at 9:04pm Rookie wrote:
2 in 3 actually. Get it right. But now the King is back............
On 8 Jun 2011 at 10:14am Soon to lose job! wrote:
Hello Denise,
Do you work in Horsham? I think I know you (by name anyway!)
On 8 Jun 2011 at 12:39pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Lots of activities and events advertsied in viva Lewes - online and in the mag. Also look at the Lewes News which normally has lots of clubs and societies listed in the free ads. And check out the library and leisure centre for more activities. Lots of events are advertised in posters around town. Yoga and pilates classes are held all over town mostly at church halls or all saints centre on various days. Theres also loads of choirs and musical societies, plus the Lewes theatre, which is very active pro/am dram. And the Skeptics and Hedstrong club if you are interested in debate.
On 8 Jun 2011 at 9:42pm Chris wrote:
Hi Denise
A belated welcome to Lewes, pleased you're already enjoying this fantastic town. There are an incredible number of things with which to be involved or enjoy as B/Belle suggests.
In terms of meeting folk of (about) our age, Ed has a point that pubs are the place, though his descriptions, while meant amusingly, are not that helpful (or factual). The Elly is very much a lively place with a sport focus. The Lansdown has been closed for a few weeks, no one seems sure when it will re-open. The Lewes Arms attracts a really mixed crowd and is an ideal place to meet people - though the discussion can be a bit parochial at times. The Lamb seems to be a changing place, on my few recent visits I've been made very welcome and there has been no sign of the previous trouble alluded to. I'm afraid I can't comment on the Volunteer or Snowdrop because Ive not been to either recently - the lure of the John Harvey and Gardeners takes precedent when in the Cliffe, both great pubs.
I hope that's useful and where ever you find yourself, you both enjoy your time in Lewes. Chris
On 12 Jun 2011 at 10:29pm matt wrote:
Hiya Denise
Welcome to Lewes! One idea; Lots of local people are on Twitter and a very friendly lot they are too. A mine of information - follow @vivalewes for local listings, or have a look at one of the many lists of local people such as mine (link attached).
Loads to do here, we moved from Seaford in October and have found Lewes very welcoming.
All the best
Matt @mrmzholland
On 14 Jun 2011 at 4:47pm eva wrote:
I am newish to Lewes also and would like to meet new people i have children so id like to meet people with children too my youngest is 1 and my daughter is 7 , i am a bit shy and sorta dont know how to approach people anymore , i used to live in Brighton with my partner and i was always out with him mutaual things friends etc , now im single and isolated ...
thank you eva

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