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How to Have Fun with Friends: 30 Really Fun Ways to Beat Boredom

There is nothing better than having fun in life! But sometimes we run out of ideas. Here are 30 great ways to have fun with friends.

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Having great friends is so important. They are the ones who you know you can trust with anything, and you can share your hopes, fears, and dreams with. They are also the ones who will be your biggest fans and support you even if your ideas are completely crazy. You will laugh with your friends, cry with them, occasionally get mad at them, but always forgive them in the end.

Of course, one of the best things about having friends is having people to share fun times with. But sometimes, you end up doing the same activities time and time again. You meet up for a drink, or go for coffee, or to a movie.

30 ways to have fun with friends

If you want to keep making those amazing memories and have the best fun with your friends, it is good to mix it up a little. With this in mind, we have come up with a great list of fun activities so you can have fun with friends. And you’ll never be stuck for something to do again! [Read: How to make real friends outside your social networks]

#1 Have a dinner party. Cooking can be great fun and seriously therapeutic. Why not take it in turns to host dinner parties for your friends? You can go all out and make a three-course dinner and have a little healthy competition, “Come Dine With Me” style to see who cooks the best meal.

Enjoying fantastic food with great company is one of the best ways to pass the time, so you are sure to have fun with friends this way.

#2 Join a book club. If you fancy doing something a little more intellectual, and you love books, then why not set up a book club between a group of friends? Choose a book to read every couple of weeks and then meet up over tea and cake *or wine!* to discuss. You’ll feel terribly sophisticated and have fun at the same time!

#3 Go horseback riding. Even if you have never been horseback riding before, it is loads of fun and a great experience to share with friends. Most riding schools cater to complete beginners, so it will be more of a more gentle trek rather than a scary gallop. So why not give it a try?

#4 Go on a hike. Get out into the fresh air and have good fun on the way with a hike in the hills! [Read: Best friend bucket list – 15 adventures for you and your BFF]

#5 Go on a city break. Exploring new places and having great adventures is what friendship is all about. Why not just go explore a new city somewhere?

#6 Take an art class. Even if you are terrible at art, it can be therapeutic and lots of fun. Why not look up some local art classes in your area and find one that you and your friends can join? You never know, you may discover a hidden talent!

#7 Go on a road trip. Throw some stuff in a bag, pack your buddies in a car, and then hit the road. The best road trips are those you don’t plan too much… just see where the road takes you! [Read: 7 life lessons you’ll learn on an awesome road trip]

#8 Go on a vacation. There is nothing better than a bit of sun, sea, and sand with your besties. Hop on a plane and chase the sun. You’ll come back feeling relaxed and energized, with some great memories to boot!

#9 Go camping. Take a walk on the wild side, and head off for a camping trip together. There is no bonding experience better than sitting and chatting around a campfire until the wee hours – just remember to bring the tent! [Read: 32 crazy things to do with friends – Life is short, live it up!]

#10 Have a baking afternoon. Cooking is a relaxing activity which is perfect for socializing. It doesn’t cost much, so it’s a great one to do if you are watching the pennies. And the best bit, of course, is that you get to stuff yourself with delicious cake at the end of it all! Hooray!

#11 Go to the theatre. Why not get all fancy and take your pal on a friend date to the theatre? You could go for something high brow and elegant, a show-stopping musical, or something fun and silly. You decide!

#12 Have a spa day. Get massages, face masks, pedicures – you name it. There is nothing quite like having a spa day when you want to have fun with friends.

#13 Have a picnic. Another great one if you are trying to save some money. Grab some food from the local store, and then head out to a park. You can spend the whole afternoon soaking up the sunshine, enjoying picnic food, and having a good old gossip session!

#14 Host a clothes swap. Find that most of your pay check goes to your clothes? Us too! So, why not get all your best friends around and host a clothes swap? It’s a great way to catch up, and you’ll come away with some fab new items for your wardrobe too! [Read: 32 awesome sleepover ideas for a fun night with friends]

#15 Do some volunteer work. You’ll feel great about yourself, and it’s a really fun bonding experience too. There are loads of volunteering opportunities out there, so why not look through them together and pick one that you think you’ll both get the most out of?

#16 Play a board game. A simple but great option if you want to have fun with friends.

#17 Have a movie marathon. Hosting a movie night can be loads of fun. Gather your friends together and pick a few movies that you know they’ll love – just remember not to forget the popcorn! [Read: 14 signs you’re a homebody and need to get out more]

#18 Take up a new sport. Taking up a new sport together can be rewarding in so many ways. You’ll get fitter and healthier while spending plenty of quality time together as well.

#19 Enter a sporting challenge. Sign up for a fun run, triathlon, or marathon together. This way you can spend loads of time together training, you can support and motivate one another, and you’ll feel so awesome when you have achieved it too!

#20 Learn a new language. Learning a new skill such as a language can be a great way to bond with friends – why not give it a go? [Read: The 26 naughtiest things you can say in a foreign language]

#21 Go on a bike ride. Take to the roads and explore the surrounding area on your bikes.

#22 Make playlists. Everyone has different music that they love to listen to. Why not spend time creating perfect playlists for one another?

#23 Be tourists for the day. You may have been living in the same city for years, but have you explored it through the eyes of a tourist? Pretend you are visiting, go on sightseeing tours, and visit all the tourist attractions – a guaranteed day of fun!

#24 Go on a scavenger hunt. You may think treasure hunts are just for kids – but you would be wrong. Give your friends some tasks of different things they have to find throughout the city. Divide into teams, and get going – the losers buy the winners the first round of drinks!

#25 Go to a festival. Music, camping, great food and drink, and all around good times – what more could you want when you want to know how to have fun with friends?! [Read: 18 ways to become more spontaneous in life]

#26 Go to a gig. Singing your hearts out or dancing the night away at a gig of a band you all love is a great way to cement your friendship!

#27 Get a pet together. If you are really close, why not get a pet together? You can take turns looking after it. That way, you have something that bonds you forever… sort of!

#28 Go to a pub quiz. Test your general knowledge with a pub quiz. Even if you are no good, it still makes for a fun evening out. [Read: Do you really know them? 20 fun questions to ask your friends]

#29 Take a trip down memory lane. Spend an evening together looking at old photos and talking about all your memories together. Sometimes it’s just fun to remember why you are such good friends in the first place.

#30 Host a reunion. Haven’t seen your friends in a while? Why not host a reunion? You are sure to have a blast!

[Read: Do you think alike? 20 questions to ask your best friend]

So, there you have it, 30 ways to have fun with friends. It’s time to get out of your rut and try something new. Which ones will you try?

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Bethany Locke
Bethany was born and raised in Scotland and now resides in Brighton where she lives with her partner and rather disobedient cocker spaniel pup. She works as a f...
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