Mobile Menu


Lisa Norbury

Hi. I’m Lisa, a late-40s divorced mum of two children, living near Marlow. When I said “I do”, I never dreamt I’d be a mid-life divorcee and single again! I’m lucky to have an amazing group of friends and a good social life, but when my kids aren’t around sometimes I just crave to get out and do something but there isn’t always someone to do that with!

I’ve tried app dating. It’s so exhausting! And a swiping lottery! Judging if someone is “right” just from a photo, the try-hard tagline, the emotional hours spent keeping a txt message conversation going to only to end up being disappointed, the dates with people you like but don’t fancy.

After rather too many of those experiences, I decided there must be an alternative! A different way to avoid the pressure of one-to-one dates, and instead – enjoy single life with a bunch of people in the same situation. So, after sharing these thoughts with other single friends in their 40s and 50s, I set up Date in the Diary which launched in 2022!

A date to make in-person connections with groups of like-minded single people, naturally – you know like we used to! Doing something fun. An experience. Or an event. No expectations. If you happen to meet someone you’re attracted to romantically, then it’s a bonus – and a “date”! But in the meantime you can make lots of genuine friendships and connections!

I got busy talking to lots of friends and contacts about the types of event experiences they might enjoy – their interests and all those things they’ve never done but wished they had – like learning about new world wine or to Salsa dance! These conversations have informed the many events we host, along with lots of social get-togethers, that have been successfully running.

This isn’t some algorithm-based service: its back to meeting people in person in a social environment. The old-fashioned way! What has been fantastic is the Date in the Diary community that has formed; a group of like minded, fun, single people – that keeps growing. There are some genuine friendships that have formed and there has been several dates!

Everyone is welcome. Whether you’re divorced, separated, a single parent, widowed or just been single for a while. Join Date in the Diary. It’s still early days and I want to get to know you so I can keep the ideas fresh and interesting, so you get the best experience from Date in the Diary.

There has honestly never been a better time to find yourself single.

Thank you and I hope to speak to you very soon.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram