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COVID Note: Unfortunately, we won't be running any events or accepting new members until the government relaxes restrictions and allow 10 or more people to meet in a group inside.

You may not agree with government policy, but as event organisers, we have a responsibility to think of others just like schools and businesses. We will follow advice and raise the bar, not ignore it.

We look forward to returning to normal and meeting everyone again as soon as possible.

Original info....

🍷 Welcome... If you're single, aged 40-59 and want to meet new people while socialising over a few drinks in the best bars and pubs, or perhaps dancing along to a DJ, live band or tribute act, with plenty of fun & laughter along the way - then read on... 🎶 💃

◼️ ABOUT US...

Whether its a free casino tribute evening (with DJ after), a 70s/80s night, a Karaoke evening, a comedy night or a meal in a lively or quirky restaurant you'll be guaranteed a brilliant time with like minded singles (you won't find any couples at our pub nights or meals!).

We also run day trips, overnighters and longer breaks through the year, all are lively and fun and offer timetabled sightseeing with Pub and Bar stops along the way (for those who want to join in) which is a great way to relax, socialise and get to know others over a few drinks or meal 🍻

Of course, we also run events where you can get to know others in a quieter or smaller environment; Sunday Lunches, Caddies Indoor Golf, Monday Toby Roasts, Mid-Week Meals at Roebuck, Elms and Last Post, Sunday Evening Cinema and many more (and not a couple in sight) 🍴

◼️ HOSTED & RELIABLE...

Unlike other groups, all our events are well organised, highly reliable and properly hosted. We'll be ready to meet and greet you at the exact spot and time we say, have a chat and introduce you to others.

◼️ NO TIME TO LOSE...

Remember, life is not a rehearsal, so switch off the TV, getup from your sofa and enjoy a fab evening out with some lovely people instead. What have you got to lose?

◼️ IF YOU LIKE US...

After attending three events, if you like us, appreciate our efforts and would like to come along to more of our events, our ONCE OFF joining fee is just £14.

We are all volunteers and freely give up our spare time. Your joining fee is much appreciated and helps towards our annual bill from meetup.com and other running expenses.

"We do all the hard work and make it happen, all you have to do is turn up and enjoy"

◼️ WE HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US SOON... 💃🍷🍻 🎶

PS: We are not a dating website, we are a social group for singles who want to meet new people and have some fun by coming along to events IN REAL LIFE. New membership is only open to single, unattached people in the Essex area who are happy to supply a good profile photo of just themselves, are aged 40-59 and belong to less than 40 other meetup groups.

Upcoming events (5)

WE'RE BACK - Party Night & Group Reunion @ Genting Club (FREE entry) 🍷

Genting Casino (aka Westcliff Casino)

Hello everyone, hope you've all been keeping well 🍺

On Monday of this week (21st June), the last stage of restriction easing should have kicked in. If so, nightlife as we used to know it can restart and all legal limits on social contact will be removed.

So let's kick start the weekend like we used to - with a drink or two, hopefully with a DJ, dancing and lots of fun. Who remembers how to socialise and dance? 💃

We've chosen the Genting Club because it's more than large enough to accommodate us all, has high ceilings, air conditioning and will probably be less packed than most pubs and bars on this first Friday of freedom.

So come and join us for a proper night out - AT LAST. We don't yet know exactly what entertainment the Genting might have or what restrictions there might be. But we'll keep you updated of course.

We hope to see you there 🍸


✪ WHO CAN ATTEND? ✪

Members of our group may attend by clicking to RSVP. Sorry, no guests. Members only. Unexpected strangers will not be able to join in with us.

If you are not a member of our group (Southend Over 40s), simply apply to join us and then click to RSVP. Look out for the "request to join" button on any of our event pages.


✪ RSVP REQUIRED ✪

Members, please click RSVP so we know who to expect and you'll also be kept up to date with event news and any important changes.

If you later find you can't make it, please undo your RSVP asap - it's courteous, only takes a moment and could free up a space for someone else.

NOTE: Members who clock-up multiple no-shows or lastminute cancellations will gain a reputation for being unreliable and inconsiderate and may be deleted from the group.


✪ NEWER MEMBERS ✪

For newer members, don't worry about your first few visits as everyone is here to have a good time, meet new people and socialise so you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the evening.

Newer members should ideally arrive about 9pm.

Your hosts will be Mike, Pippa, Elle & John Cooper. If you don't know us, take a good look at our photos, come and say hello (no matter what we're doing) and we'll introduce you to the others.

We'll do our best to look out for you based upon your profile picture (hope its a good one?).

At this event, due to poor phone reception, we will not be able to arrange to meet anyone outside or by the door, you will have to meet us inside as described below.


✪ MEETING SPOT & TIME ✪

As usual, we'll meet on the right hand side of the new large bar which is closest to the dance floor and stage (not the tiny bar by the main entrance).

Your hosts will be standing around here from 8:30pm ready to meet and greet everybody. Newer members should ideally arrive around 9pm.

If you'd like to have a chat and get to know others then please arrive soon after 9pm as conversation and introductions can be difficult once the entertainment begins.


✪ ABOUT THE GENTING CLUB ✪

Membership is not required but if you are not a member they usually invite you to sign up at the door (optional and free). This is quick and easy providing you have some id (credit card etc).

If you have any questions or wish to register in advance then take a look at their website: http://www.gentingcasinos.co.uk/club/westcliff/


✪ PARKING ✪

There are ample public spaces along the seafront either side of the casino (usually free after 6pm - do check). The spaces directly outside the casino are free for anyone visiting the casino providing you give your car regno to the reception staff on arrival. Unknown cars parked in the free casino bays may receive a penalty notice if not registered with reception.

A fun day in DUBLIN: Open-Top Bus, Historic Pubs, Sightseeing... 🍺🍷

In light of Boris's roadmap back in Feb 2021, we're hoping to run this ever popular day trip on Weds 7th July.

But there is still a lot to find out regarding flight days and times from Southend and we wait to see when (and how) Dublin will accept visitors.

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ORIGINAL INFO...

We had such an amazing time in Dublin last year that I thought we'd better do it all over again (with some new entries & variations). Interested? Take a look at the feedback....

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An absolute cracking day out in Dublin ☘️ Just the right mix of food & drink, sightseeing & socialising, even the weather was ideal!! Everything ran as smooth as the Guinness!

Brilliant trip to Dublin, lovely company, lovely food , lovely places to see

What a cracking day had by all.. Time went so fast... Such a fab place... The tour, places visited, were all great

What a brill day in Dublin we all had 😊 we got so much in the day when we were there - flying there and back was so quick

Thank you all for such a fantastic day exploring wonderful Dublin. Brilliant banter and chats throughout the day with you all really enjoyed

Brilliant day out with loads of laughs, thanks everyone for making it a memorable day

JUST RSVP IF THIS SOUNDS INTERESTING - NO COMMITMENT


✪ OVERVIEW... ✪

Once again, this promises to be an amazing day trip with cheap flights currently around £42 return from Southend (as at 20/Feb).

(Wednesday has been chosen because it is the only day Ryanair fly early morning and return late the same evening giving a whole day)

I'm planning a ton of sightseeing, an open top bus tour, walking around the city and of course visits to the oldest and most historic pubs (did you know that Dublin has over 700 pubs?) plus lunch, dinner and many other stops along the way.

There's so much to see and do. With just over 8 hours in the city centre and some careful planning we'll be able to pack in an awful lot and have a fantastic day together. As usual, you can join in with the group, do your own thing or a bit of both, no problem.

* Ryanair Flights approx £42 return (pre-covid prices)
* Fast Coach to/from city @ £20 return
* Open top bus hop on/off day ticket £20

I'll map out the whole day, packing in the sights, the walking and open top bus routes and of course the historic pubs and eating places.


✪ SIGHTSEEING ✪

During the day, we hope to see....

* TRINITY COLLEGE
* GRAFTON SHOPPING STREET
* GEORGIAN DISTRICT & MONUMENT TO OSCAR WILDE
* TEMPLE BAR DISTRICT
* DUBLIN CASTLE
* CITY HALL
* CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
* ST PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
* GUINNESS STOREHOUSE
* RICHMOND BARRACKS
* OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY
* IRISH WHISKEY MUSEUM

Here are some photos from last time to get everyone in the mood:
https://www.meetup.com/southend-over-40s-nights-out/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=29970883


✪ HISTORIC PUBS ✪

There are so many really nice old pubs in Dublin, some historic and some mainly frequented by the locals. Here are a few I'm aiming for....

The Brazen Head, established in 1198 is the oldest pub in Dublin and opened not long after the Vikings left.

The Stag’s Head, established in 1780, is known as one of the most beautiful in Dublin. And there is a stag’s head behind the bar!

Bruxelles, isn’t your traditional dark Irish pub. All of the flags of nations in the EU hang down from the ceiling. Thin Lizzy used to hang out here in the 1970s and this bar has also seen celebrities such as John Denver, 50 Cent, and members of Iron Maiden and Snow Patrol.


✪ WHO CAN JOIN US ✪

It's more comfortable when we know other people on trips away. For this reason, you must have attended at least 3 events in the past 6 months, where you have met me (Mike) at each, before you can join us.

Top of the Morning to ya - hope you can join us....

JUST RSVP IF THIS SOUNDS INTERESTING - NO COMMITMENT (booking arrangements to follow)

Afternoon Sightseeing & Drinks around Covent Garden 🍷(1st of 2 events today)

Southend Central Railway Station

Update 29/3/21 - The organisers of our evening event (Gin & Rum festival) have advised me it will now take place on Sat 2nd October 2021 🍷 This means we can plan our afternoon in Covent Garden for the same day...

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What's happening....

We're running two events today and you can join us for the afternoon or the evening or both. This will be a "Rumbelievable" day in London... So let the fun beGIN 😊

Part one is our own afternoon sightseeing & drinks around Covent Garden until 5:30pm (rsvp on this page) 🍷

Part two is an evening Gin+Rum festival with DJ - in a Church, 6:15pm-11pm. RSVP and read more on our ticket page: https://www.meetup.com/southend-over-40s-nights-out/events/271003434/ ) 🍷

Many of you will already know the format of our day trips - the perfect combination of sightseeing & socialising with some well earned drink stops along the way.

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✪ EXACT PLANS ✪

Much more will be announced regarding our plans for the afternoon once the lockdown starts to ease. Just RSVP if our afternoon tour around Covent Garden sounds interesting, no commitment.


✪ TRAINS ✪

To be advised, full details to follow, we'll probably meet around 11am at Southend Central for a train soon after.


✪ WHO CAN ATTEND? ✪

This event is for members only. We are unable to include guests, strangers, non-members or couples.

If you are not a member of our group (Southend Over 40s), simply apply to join us and then RSVP. Look out for the "request to join" button on any of our event pages.


✪ RSVP REQUIRED ✪

Members, to join us for this afternoon, please click RSVP so we know who to expect and you'll also be kept up to date with event news and any important changes.

If you later find you can't make it, please undo your RSVP asap - it's courteous, only takes a moment and could free up a space for someone else.


✪ NEWER MEMBERS ✪

For newer members, don't worry about your first few visits as everyone is here to have a good time, meet new people and socialise so you're pretty much guaranteed to enjoy the day.

Evening: GIN+RUM Festival with DJ (in a Church!) 🍷(2nd of 2 events today)

St Mary's Church London

£18.90

Update 29/3/21 - The organisers of this festival have advised me it will now take place on Sat 2nd October 2021 🍷

All tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date - no refunds are offered by the company.

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What's happening....

We're running two events today and you can join us for the afternoon or the evening or both. This will be a "Rumbelievable" day in London... So let the fun beGIN 😊

Part one is our own afternoon sightseeing & drinks around Covent Garden until 5:30pm (rsvp on this link: https://www.meetup.com/southend-over-40s-nights-out/events/271002935) 🍷

Part two is an evening Gin+Rum festival with DJ - in a Church, 6:15pm-10pm (read more below and RSVP on this page to get your ticket) 🍷


✪ THE EVENING FESTIVAL (this page) ✪

Whether you're thirsty for knowledge or you just want to party the night away, this Gin & Rum festival is for you! Treat yourself and let your hair down with your friends at the themed Gin and Rum bars with friendly staff, tasty street food and a buzzing party atmosphere.

There will be talks, master classes, free samples, great live entertainment and an award-winning resident DJ that will keep you entertained with music from all genres, so bring along your dancing shoes!

Tickets are just £18 and include...

🍷- Two complimentary 50ml mini spirit bottles to take home
🍷- A unique Gin & Rum Festival Copa glass and a glass bag
🍷- A Gin & Rum guide to steer you through the festival
🍷- Unlimited complimentary premium tonics & mixers
🍷- Talks and masterclasses from national Gin & Rum makers
🍷- Distillers showcasing their latest products with free samples
🍷- Music from an award-winning resident DJ


✪ TICKETS ✪

I have bought some £18 tickets initially although I expect many more will be interested in joining us so will add tickets over time. They will RUM out at some stage so please pay ASAP so I can buy enough tickets and guarantee spaces for everyone.

WE MUST ALL GO IN AT THE SAME TIME, MEETING AT 6:15PM because there are app tickets barcoded on my phone and I have a block of them. You can not turn up after I am inside, you will not be admitted because the app can not account for anyone missing after initial entry.


✪ WHO CAN ATTEND? ✪

Members of our group may attend with an RSVP. Because this is a limited ticket event, we are unable to include guests, strangers, non-members or couples.

If you are not a member of our group (Southend Over 40s), simply apply to join us and then RSVP. Look out for the "request to join" button on any of our event pages.


✪ TICKET PAYMENT ✪

On this page, Click "RSVP" to say you are going (or maybe "PAY NOW"). This takes you to Paypal where you can quickly pay by debit or credit card even if you don't have a Paypal account.

You will be asked to pay £18.90 of which Paypal deduct approx 90p in fees (they don't work for free). This leaves exactly £18 for us to buy your ticket.


✪ MONEY BACK + REFUNDS ✪

If the organisers of this event cancel the event, they will only transfer tickets to a date in the future. They have done this twice already.

Your ticket is not refundable if you fail to turn up or wish to cancel within 24 hours of the event.

Apart from that, if you cancel or can't make the new date, I'll gladly transfer your ticket to the next person who pays for one and then refund your money (once I have sold the 15 tickets I purchased). To cancel, simply change your RSVP to NO and message me (mike) with at least 24hrs notice.

NOTE: All members cancellations are processed according to cancellation time. So if somebody else has already cancelled before you then you will be 2nd in line for a possible refund. If nobody else in the group wants a ticket then of course there can be no refund.

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