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Series of events for singles who are ‘bored of dating apps’ coming to Manchester next month

Bored of Dating Apps (BODA) is a series of in-person events where friendship is considered just as important as romance.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 13th September 2022

A new series of matchmaking events for singles who have “dating app fatigue” is coming to Manchester next month.

Started by as a way for people to form new relationships in a more organic setting, Bored of Dating Apps (BODA) is a series of in-person events that focus on the joy of community, put mental health at the heart, and create an environment where friendship is considered to be just as important as romance.

Previous BODA events have been going down a storm over in Liverpool, and so, very soon, Manchester is set to host its own series.

Appealing to all genders and ranging from people in their 20s and 30s to their 40s, the BODA team explains that its past events have generally seen an equal split of males and females – with around 90% of attendees rocking up solo to “embrace the experience to the full extent”.

The series of events will include dumpling making masterclasses, pasta workshops, cheese and wine supper clubs, hikes, quizzes, yoga socials, an autumnal singles weekend retreat.


But first on the lineup is the Manchester launch event at GRUB – a ‘Sip & Paint’ evening.

Hosted by local artist Libby Ayres, Sip & Paint nights are a fun way to learn to paint in a relaxed, fun, and sociable environment.


During this unique session that’s suitable for people of all abilities and set to be “full of singles”, Libby will guide you through processes and techniques for using acrylic paints to create a beautiful canvas to take home at the end of the night.

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“There is going to be a rebellion against dating apps and doing everything online,” explained Jessica Evans – founder of BODA.


“People don’t want to feel constrained to just social media, dating apps, and WhatsApp anymore.”

To sum it all up in a nutshell, whether you meet someone or not, each of the Manchester BODA events are varied, full of “welcoming and genuine” people, and promising to be “a good night no matter what happens”.

Tickets will set you back £35 and include a complimentary drink, all necessary art equipment, your artwork to take home, and of course, a “wonderful” social evening with BODA.

Grab tickets here.

Featured Image – BODA