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Get on the conveyor belt of lurve with a speed date...
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Are you ready for some quick fire dating...

Want to meet new people? Too busy to date?

Not sure about Internet dating?

Then speed dating could be the answer....

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OK - so it may not sound very romantic but speed dating is the dating craze that's taking the UK by storm.

The idea, which started in America and featured in the TV programme Sex and the City, pitches men against women in an evening of fun and friendly quick-fire dating.

You get to meet and date lots of professional people in one night and have fun at the same time. What could be better?

quoteI think it's a very good way of meeting people, and there's not enough time to get bored. I'm really looking forward to the whole experience.
Max Painswick

Max Painswick from Cheltenham is very keen to give speed dating a go.

He said: "I think it's a very good way of meeting people, and there's not enough time to get bored. I'm really looking forward to the whole experience."

So how does it work?

Well it depends on the agency hosting the event but basically lots of single people are thrown together in a room, and you are given three minutes, one on one, to meet, greet and converse with a member of the opposite sex.

If you fancy someone, or there's someone you'd like to see again, you simply write it down on a scorecard.

Then if you have any mutual matches you are given their details and bob's your uncle - it's a speed date.

So who can take part?
Anyone who is single can join in. All you need is a sense of fun, a little bit of confidence and the desire to meet new people. It's as simple as that.

Is there an age limit?
Speed dating is for anyone over 20 years old, and there are various age categories:

  • 20 - 35s
  • 35 - 45s
  • 55 - 65s

The length of time you speak to one person and the number of people varies depending on the age range, venue and location.

Is three minutes long enough?
OK so you won't learn someone's life history in three minutes but that's not the aim.

It's a brief encounter, a teasing taster and if you want to know more and the feeling is mutual, who knows what might happen...

Where can I take part?
Speed dating is available across the UK.

Below are some speed dating events planned for the Cafe Rouge in Cheltenham:

  • May 7, 7.30pm, 30- 45yrs
  • May 8, 7.30pm, 20-35yrs
  • June 11, 7.30pm, 30-45yrs
  • June 12, 7.30pm, 20-35yrs
For more information visit: Smart dating

Speed dating tips
  • Dress casual but nice. Remember first impressions count.
  • Keep an open mind. Some really amazing people attend these events.
  • Relax. Everyone else is a little nervous too.
  • Have fun!
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