The best UK weekend breaks for a post-lockdown getaway!

Spoil your loved one with a romantic weekend away! England really is full of fairy-tale castles and tranquil beaches; the perfect backdrops to a romantic getaway. It boasts rolling countryside, fish and chips by the sea and abundance of pasties… and most hotels, holiday cottages and campsites are taking bookings. Find the best UK weekend breaks for a post-lockdown getaway.

Climb to the top of a historical cathedral and propose, or punt your special someone down the serene River Cam; there are a plethora of romantic break ideas to choose from. Discover hot-tubs hiding in forests, suites in castles with four-poster beds and an array of Michelin-starred romantic restaurants and vineyards. 

Here are Unified Dating’s favourite UK locations for your post-lockdown romantic getaway! 


The surf, the amazing seafood and the long, sandy beaches – Cornwall is perfect for a summer getaway. We particularly love St Ives and Padstow!


Why go? For the beautiful beaches, to get lost in hedge-lined lanes, for the vibrant cities and for the beautifully wild moors. But mostly for the beautiful beaches.


Oxford is a top-class destination for culture and charm. Frequented for its book shops, punting, pubs and colleges, it is easily explored in a day making it the perfect weekend break if you live in London. The surrounding countryside is great if you want to get out of the bustling city. 


Swimming, kayaking, hiking and cycling… there’s so many fun activities you can do with your loved one! And let’s not forget the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site complete with beautiful beaches, award-winning fish and chips and sea-carved bays.


Hike up Arthur’s Seat, visit the castle, eat at all manner of fabulous restaurants and explore the cute little nooks and crannies that are hiding at every turn. Such a magical place to be with your partner. 


Best weekend break in the UK for its leisurely strolls along the windswept, marsh-studded coastline followed by a well-earned local ale in one of the region’s countless pubs.


Brighton is easily reached from London and is the perfect spot for people watching. Granted, Brighton Beach doesn’t make social distancing the *easiest* of pursuits, but the city’s bohemian and hippy vibe kinda makes the bustle worth it. There are so many bars and restaurants to choose from!

New Forest

Why go? Designated a national park in 2005, the New Forest is charming and a joy to explore – scattered with cycle tracks, deer and quaint little villages. And it’s not too far from London.


The beaches in Northumberland – whatever the season – are pure magic. The coastline is filled with ancient castles, hidden gardens, sandy beaches for windy walks, rolling hills, rugged moorland and friendly little villages/pubs/tea rooms. It’s a dream.

So, if you’ve got annual leave to use up or you simply fancy a weekend break after the lockdown, it’s worth turning your attentions to the humble British holiday!

How to Overcome Dating Anxiety

Getting back into dating in midlife can be terrifying. But don’t worry! If you’re scared, Unified Dating is here to help! Through our blogs and dating tips to our fun events – we share all of our inside knowledge on how to overcome dating anxiety!

Feeling out of your comfort zone with the thought of dating? In fact, so far out of your comfort zone that you can no longer see it? We know what that feels like, and many midlife daters also feel exactly the same. 

Dating is typically a situation where people feel scrutinized, have to meet new people, and may fear they’ll do something embarrassing. In this way, dating only adds fuel to the anxiety fire.  A lot of people get nervous before they go on dates, but, for some of us, it goes way beyond that… we experience genuine fear and get very anxious and upset when it comes to dating and relationships.

The emotional intensity we feel around dating really can create such vulnerability and discomfort that it seems ominous (or at least like something we want to avoid).

But why?! 

The benefit of being in our 40s, 50s, and 60s is our clarity about what we want and our ability to overcome obstacles to get it; our wisdom and fortitude. 

So, here are Unified Dating’s top tips for embracing where you are now and dealing with your fear of dating!

  1. Ease yourself into it!

You don’t need to sign up to every dating app and plan a new date every evening!

You can start small and ease yourself into dating – or back into it if you’ve taken some time off. Take things slow and make sure you feel comfortable every step of the way. And remember it’s only a bit of fun! 

  • Don’t talk yourself out of it.

You’re bound to try and talk yourself out of it, especially if you’ve secured a date with someone and you’re getting pre-date nerves. Stop – you not only deserve this, but you know want it deep down.

We all experience moments of rejection, confusion, self-doubt, and fears of all kinds when we actively pursue love. Okay, fine. But you can use self-talk to deal with that, so you don’t let it stop you.

  • Remember that others are feeling scared too

You’re not alone in feeling scared. Your date is most likely feeling the exact same emotions as you! If you trust the person you have met, be honest with how you feel, and they should reassure you that everything is going well. Knowing that they are in the same boat, will help you overcome dating anxiety.  

This is all new and you aren’t expected to know what it’s going to be like. But remember; change only happens when you’re prepared to take a chance on doing something different.

  • Acceptance

There is an alternative to being guarded. By focusing on one’s sense of self-acceptance and self-worth, it feels less intimidating to share with others. When a person feels good about who they are, their values and what they have to offer, and sees their own experience in a compassionate way, it bolsters them against judgment. 

  • If nothing else, it’s about learning and growing.

There are very few experiences that warrant a decision to stop looking for love. Every conversation, email, or date you have will be able to teach you something new about yourself. Like anything else you do, the more you learn, the better you get. In the worst case, you may not find your lifetime partner, but you’ll have a lovely and fun time looking!

  • Keep your eyes on the prize.

Whether your goal is to find everlasting love or to simply enjoy dating and find a companion, keep focused, and try to shut out all the other noise.

Like anything that is truly precious and meaningful in your life, you can reach your goal with a little work and some courage!

  • Improve your profile

Make things easy for yourself by starting off with a great dating profile and photos that are going to give you the best possible chance of being successful. It’s not difficult to make an effort and stand out from the crowd. Unified Dating’s events give you the opportunity to show others your personality and characteristics easily.

  • Know what’s important to you

What are your values? It’s so much easier, and you’ll be less scared, if you know what you want in a relationship and that comes from your values – those things that are really important to you!

Remember these tips to help overcome dating anxiety. Dating doesn’t have to be serious if you don’t want it to be… go and have fun!

Finding Love after a Divorce

Life can be busy and trying to fit dating into a packed schedule of careers, children and social lives can be very difficult. Online dating solves this problem and makes finding that special someone so much easier, especially for people looking to meet a new partner later in life.

The thought of finding love again after a divorce is the dream of many who experience the breakup of a marriage. Some quick jump back into the dating pool, while others are a bit more cautious, for fear of being hurt again. But know, that whatever you are currently feeling, it is completely normal! 

The ink may be dry on your divorce papers, but that doesn’t mean you have to move on until you are ready. You may need more time to process your feelings before getting back into dating. Let’s be honest, if you can’t stop talking or thinking about your ex, your date is probably won’t be very impressed! 

We also recommend ensuring that your divorce or separation is completely finalised before you start dating as you don’t want to have any complications. Getting back into the dating pool is a big step and whether you are looking for fun, or looking to get into a serious relationship again, you should make sure you are 100% ready for it! Chances are you have been with your ex for many years, so it will most likely feel strange sharing your life with someone new. One tip is to be completely honest about your past!

Online Dating can be intimidating but if you do it well, it can lead to a warm, loving relationship and that’s something that everyone wants, isn’t it?! It’s definitely worth trying. People who sign up for online dating are naturally more open to meeting new people. Unlike meeting someone at a bar or club, people who join an online dating service may be more serious about finding love and are also more likely to meet people they’re more compatible with from the start.

Dating is hard in your 20’s and 30’s but it can be even more difficult to meet the right person as you get older, especially if you’ve been burnt by a divorce or just find it that much harder to put yourself out there. But don’t give up hope! 

If you are looking at getting back out there, then our online dating events are just for you!

How to Boost your Dating Confidence

The most classic, useless dating advice of all time — which you’ve undoubtedly heard countless times is to just ‘be yourself’. This advice simply doesn’t work in the real world. In the cut-throat world of dating, you’ve got to generate an appealing prospect of yourself and create a powerful first impression. This can be hard if you don’t have any self-confidence or if you are new to the dating scene. But don’t worry, Unified Dating is here to help you shine! Read below for our tips on how to boost your dating confidence!

Push yourself 

The quickest road to growing in confidence is to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Life is nice and easy when you don’t push yourself, but it doesn’t give you that incredible buzz that you get when you do! Pushing yourself when it comes to dating will be scary, yes, but when you begin to feel confidence during your date, you will begin to realise it’s all worth it! This tip is not just for dating, you should try and commit to doing something once a day that is out of your comfort zone. In time you will find your confidence will soar and you will thoroughly enjoy doing new and exciting things.

Fake it till you make it!

Any blog on boosting confidence for dating, will most likely mention this little gem – fake it till you make it. You don’t need to be at the top of your game before you go on a date, you can just give the illusion that you are. You may as well make sure you’re projecting the best version of you, whether it’s real or not. And the secret is, if you do it enough times, it becomes real, and you really do start to believe it yourself!

Let bad experiences go

Have you had bad dating experiences in the past? To be honest, most people probably have. But it’s what you do next that counts. You can either let those bad dating experiences go on to define your dating journey or you can shrug them off, put them behind you and move on! Learn from those bad experiences and keep a positive mindset that you will, before you know it, meet your match.


Are you someone that doesn’t stop talking? Well, this one’s for you! While your date may love to listen to you nattering on about your life, there’s a good chance they may be put off if you come across self-centred and a gossip. This may not be you at all, but sometimes in nerve-wracking situations, you may find yourself talking more than you normally do. Remember, that they are also in the same situation and they probably feel just as nervous as you!

Ask Questions

Asking questions is a big part of coming across confident. Confident people know the right questions to ask to allow the person they are talking to, to blossom and feel heard. A confident person knows it’s not about them, they can give the other person the floor and talk about themselves or whatever the topic of conversation is. 


Like everything, practise makes perfect! The only way to improve your dating skills and become more confident on dates, is simply to go out on dates. Keep putting yourself out there and don’t give up – your prince charming could be just around the corner! As you go on more dates, you’ll find you start to take it in your stride, you’ll become an old-hand at it. Your confidence will start to soar.

If you are looking to get some dating practise and learn how to boost your confidence when meeting new people, Unified Dating’s speed dating events may be just for you! Our online events are designed to make you feel relaxed and safe, at the comfort of your home. Speed dating is a great way to meet lots of different people, in a short but intimate setting. If you don’t connect with someone, you simply move on to the next person and you don’t need to worry about seeing them again! Or if you have embarrassed yourself! 

Love in Lockdown

It’s no secret that the world of dating can be a bit of a minefield, more so if it’s been a while since you were last on the romantic scene.

The recent coronavirus pandemic has certainly created some additional challenges when it comes to meeting new people – but that shouldn’t mean that you can’t find love, even if it is during lockdown!

At Unified Dating, we are dedicated to supporting singles in finding the perfect love match, in a safe and comfortable setting. Alongside our expertly organised online dating events, we have also taken the time to compile our top five tips for keeping your dating life active, during these turbulent times.

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