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A Guide to Making Friends in Cornwall | Girls in Cornwall

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Looking to make new friends in Cornwall? Check out this helpful Girls in Cornwall guide to start making new connections today.


When you become an adult making friends is a totally new ball game. Suddenly, you’ve got commitments you never had, old friends move away, maybe you’ve moved to Cornwall, your hobbies and interests change, heck so do your fitness levels! Those lack of like-minded connections can lead to things feeling a little lonely, despite being surrounded by people. A recent government study found that 60% of people have 10 or fewer friends. When it comes to close friends just 21% of people have 4 or 5 close friends, and 28% of people say that they don’t have a best friend. So, here is the Girls in Cornwall guide on finding friends!


1. Join a Sports Club!

Sports clubs can be a fantastic way of meeting new people, and finding friends that share the same interests as you. With a simple web search, you can find a great variety of sports clubs in your local area, but we’ve reached out to some local sporting communities for you and checked that they are actively taking new members at present. Some come highly recommend from people who regularly attend Girls in Cornwall events; here are their Instagram handles:


Belerion – Crossfit (Hayle) @crossfit_belerion

Crofty Netball (Camborne) @croftynetballclub

Embrace Dance Fitness (Penryn) @embracedancefitness

Liv Ladies Helston Cycling Group @liv_helston

Mousehole AFC Women’s Team @mouseholewomenfc

Truro Blue Jays Baseball @trurobaseballuk

Truro Ladies Rugby @truroladiesrfc

Women’s Surf Club Newquay @womenssurfclubnewquay


2. Socialise More

Is there a way that you can increase how sociable you’re being day to day? This will vary dependent on your lifestyle but if you work from home try taking your laptop to a local café like Gyllyngvase Beach Café in Falmouth. Alternatively you could try a coworking space such as CSpace in Newquay or Work Box in Truro. If you normally do your food shopping online, you could go to a local farmshop like Trevaskis Farm in Hayle; they do great doughnuts on a Saturday too! If you’re going out for a drink with your friend, you could suggest that they invite one of their friends to come along too – the more the merrier! Lawrance's in Truro and Falmouth is a lovely Instagram worthy place for cocktails! Explore more, there’s so many fun things for us girls to do in Cornwall! Get out on a hike, try geocaching in the countryside or go on a mission to find all of the tidal pools in the county!


3. Apps aren’t just for dating!

Did you know that there are apps for making friends?! Bumble has a friendship option on the app which is pretty active in Cornwall! There are people that have come along to Girls in Cornwall events that met virtually via Bumble and organised to meet in person for the first time at a Girls in Cornwall event!


4. Reignite an old friendship!

Is there someone that you used to be friends with some time ago and you lost contact? When life gets busy people can drift apart but old friends can be just as good as new ones! A simple message could be all it takes to start building that friendship again.


5. Girls in Cornwall!

Obviously, we had to give ourselves a little plug! For those of you that might not be aware of what we’re up to; run by women we organise social events for women in Cornwall from Cocktail Masterclasses at Esplanade Hotel to Wellness events with Mindfit Cornwall! There’s no membership involved, booking is easy and stress-free. All you need to do if find an event you’d like to attend, book on via the Girls in Cornwall website and turn up. You’re welcome to come along with someone that you know, or rock up on your own. A lot of people come to their first event on their solo, and turn up to the next with someone they met at a previous event. If you want to keep up to date with our events you can visit the events section of our website, follow us on Instagram or follow us on Facebook. We also run a great online community on Facebook. Here you can introduce yourself to the women in our group, find like-minded friends and connect with people you’ve met at previous events. If you have any queries, feel free to DM us!


6. Don’t be afraid to make a move!

Sometimes it can be challenging to make the move from being an acquaintance to becoming friends with someone. This is something that can take time, require effort and a bit of courage to reach out. If you have met someone that you are interested to see again, be bold and chase up with a message or suggest meeting again. It can be super nerve wracking but if you have a feeling that you would like to see someone again chances are they will too – you might just make someone’s day!


Hopefully there is a little nugget of info in here (our first ever blog!) that resonates with you and your lifestyle and leads to something special!

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