Meet new people with speed mate-ing at Union St

Girl Gang, speed mate-ing, Union St, Sheffield1
Girl Gang's speed mate-ing event in Manchester

A new phenomenon that has proved to be a huge success in Manchester is crossing the Pennines for its debut in Sheffield at Union St on 29 January.

Speed mate-ing is just like the traditional speed dating, but instead of looking for love, participants are on a mission to forge new friendships. The brainchild of Girl Gang Sheffield, the first speed mate-ing event on 29 January is sold out, but there’s already a second event planned for 2 March.

Taking inspirations from teenage sleepovers, dating shows, agony aunts and even Art Attack, speed mate-ing brings people together through silly and inclusive activities that help create authentic connections between new friends quickly.

The event started in Manchester in 2017 and proved a huge success. During the evening, speed maters take part in creative challenges, respond to conversational topics, and take part in other ice-breakers, most people attend alone, and leave with numbers and Facebook friend requests to organise a mate date.

Girl Gang Sheffield said: “Rebelling against the pressures of career based scenarios in which we are told to push through situations that make us feel uncomfortable in order to achieve, we invite you to a speed session so silly and inclusive that you'll step outside of usual comfort zone without even realising.”

The sold out debut event will take place at Union St on 29 January, tickets for a second speed mate-ing event on 2 March at the same venue are available to buy on Ticket Tailor. The event will start at 6:30pm with speed mate-ing kicking off at 7pm.

Once you’ve made a new friend, explore Sheffield after 5pm with them! See Alive After 5’s guides to shopping, food and drink, and entertainment.