We've been championing friendship for over two centuries by bringing people together to enjoy the brighter side of life.

Every September, we look to remind the nation of how important it is to have friends around you that not only make you laugh, but also have your back. 

Loneliness is a growing problem in the UK. More than nine million people of all ages say they are lonely either often or always, according to research by The Co-op and the British Red Cross. We want to play our part in tackling this silent epidemic, by providing easy ways for people of all ages to get together and get to know each other a little better.

Everyone's invited

We've around 100 fun community events planned for our Great Big Friendship Month this September – which include tea parties and talks, friendship walks and quiz nights. Take a look at what's happening in your area by using our Events Finder.

Want to work alongside us?
If you're a national or local organisation and would like to collaborate in bringing more communities together through friendship, we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch.

Win a night away for two + £200 spending money*


To celebrate our Great Big Friendship Month, we're giving you the chance to enjoy a night away for two people with breakfast included, PLUS £200 spending money so you can make the most of your trip. *T&Cs apply. 

Join now*

Receive a £5 Love2shop voucher

If you'd like to join in the fun all year round, we're offering a £5 Love2shop voucher to all new members throughout September. *T&Cs apply. 

A whole load of fun, for everyone

From themed tea parties, ballroom dancing, musical events and day trips to quiz afternoons, friendship walks, curry nights and bowling – there's so much on offer at the Oddfellows this Great Big Friendship Month.

Find your nearest event
On the Isle of Wight...

Our Branch on the Island has lots of events planned during September - one of them being a meet up on 17 Sept at Ryde Superbowl (PO33 2EL) for a spot of Ten Pin Bowling. The event starts at 2pm and costs £6.95 to take part (two games and a hot drink). 

Afternoon Tea Dance
In King's Lynn...

Our King's Lynn & West Norfolk Branch is holding a tea dance at Reffley Community Hall (PE30 3EQ) on 18 Sept between 2pm-4pm. It's free to pop along to and includes a selection of sweet treats and captivating dances. How tempting!

Our guide to making friends

Making and maintaining new friends in later life doesn’t come as easy as it did in the school yard. Taking those first steps to expand your social circle can be really daunting.

Download our Guide to Making Friends, which has lots of helpful tips and confidence boosters. If you're nervous about coming to one of our events, just let us know and we'll meet you at the door.

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