5 Ways to Socialise and Have Fun with Friends without leaving the house

As the nights close in, temperatures start to drop, and we settle down for the evening, it can be tempting to just find a warm blanket and cuddle up on the sofa with an indulgent cup of hot chocolate (topped with marshmallows of course!) and fall asleep.  However, there are ways you can still enjoy all the fun you had in summer, only indoors, thanks to the internet.  Why not try one of these?

1. Playing online games

If images of nerdy guys playing World of Warcraft or Call of Duty spring to mind, (and many reading this will be thinking ‘that sounds good to me’ while others are thinking ‘my idea of hell!’), online gaming offers so many choices, from the ever popular Cards Against Humanity to guessing games and Facebook games.  Online gaming these days is really sociable and can connect you with new friends from around the world who often become real friends and there really is something for everyone. However, make sure that kids are supervised and you know who they are talking to.

 

2. Casino games and Online Betting

These days, it’s incredibly easy to find a massive choice of online gambling games that you enjoyed in the real-life arcades in summer, from playing virtual slots to serious poker tournaments.  Just like in real life, there are all kinds of games and styles of play.  Having a flutter is always popular and a search for ‘online casino uk’ will give you plenty of options and can be a great way to spend an evening.

However, this comes with a caveat – problem gambling is not fun so treat it as you would any other form of entertainment, it’s not likely you will win a fortune or solve real world challenges.  That means setting and sticking to a budget even if you ‘feel lucky’, not spending more than you can afford to, and stopping when the fun stops.  Keeping it fun and happy, and in balance, is the key to enjoying the experience.

 

3. Online Quizzes on Zoom

If you have a group of friends or family, starting an online quiz can be great fun, you may even find friends invite their friends and before you know it, that Friday night quiz has become a big part of your winter social life.  However, the Quizmaster should be prepared for a little banter and sometimes just a little ‘tech support’ to get people started, but provided they have a smartphone and internet access anyone can join.  When it comes to finding questions, the internet is your friend!

 

4. Virtual cinemas – the online watch party

Who doesn’t like watching a film?  With a Netflix watch party, it’s just like a night at the cinema with friends, except you each bring your own popcorn and watch on your own private screen.  It’s a great way to spend an evening in good company.

 

5. An online wine/gin/beer tasting

Another popular online activity that emerged during the pandemic was the concept of a ‘virtual tasting’, where you pay in advance and are sent a selection of alcoholic drinks which you then sample via a live online tasting event. Pre-pandemic, manufacturers would use this technique to share their latest releases with an online group of journalists, but online tastings are now quite a thing, with a typical evening costing around £30 per couple, hosted over Zoom direct with the brewery or distillery.

It can be great fun, you can dress how you please and the best bit? Nobody needs to drive home!