I love the idea of dating, even when a relationship is established. The Bloke and I have been together for six years, but we still enjoy planning and going on date nights – mainly because it gives us purposeful time to spend together and something special to look forward to.
The following list is a set of ideas that can be mixed and matched together to suit you and your own tastes, and don’t involve Netflix (or chill). They don’t have to involve spending a lot of money, or be done during the evenings – many are perfect for during the day too!
1. Find the recipes for your favourite foods and create a formal, three course meal from scratch (with advanced planning, ingredients can be obtained from low-cost supermarkets and farmers markets). Put on some nice music, light some candles and turn off your phones.
2. Build a (safe) fire in the back yard, snuggle up under some blankets and roast some marshmallows.
3. Go for an unplanned drive until you find something interesting (but take your sat nav or a map just in case!)
4. Create a homemade spa, complete with a bubble bath, face masks, pedicures and nice-smelling oils for massages. Treat each other.
5. Buy a selection of food from the local market, create a picnic and eat it while sitting on blankets in the park.
6. Go to a flea market or vintage market, give yourselves a budget of £5.00 each and see who can find the best item for that amount or less.
7. Find a local pub quiz and enter it as a couple. Create a witty team name.
8. Go for a walk without direction or purpose. Just walk. Hold hands while doing so.
9. Choose a film that you haven’t seen in a long time, then watch it while eating your favourite snacks.
10. Find an interesting view, or great architecture, or colourful graffiti and take pictures with your cameras.
11. Go out just for dessert and a cocktail.
12. Participate in a Colour Run, or a Zombie Walk.
13. Choose a town or city that you have never been to and visit for the day. You can save money on cheap travel fare if you book specific tickets in advance, and you could create a list of unusual things to see and do while you’re there.
14. Games night. Whether it’s just the two of you, or as part of a double date with another couple, many happy hours can be spent playing retro board games. The Bloke and I once had a game of Monopoly that lasted about three hours. I won.
15. Exercise. Swim, run, play badminton or tennis, go to the gym, attend a yoga class. Work up a sweat together and enjoy the endorphin rush. Many places offer introductory sporting sessions and taster classes.
16. Look for different festivals/outdoor cinema screenings/museum exhibitions in your local area. There are often opportunities for free or discounted tickets if you go at specified times.
17. Re-watch an old TV series from the beginning. The Bloke and I have done this with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and will do this at some point with Californication and Chuck.
18. Surprise your partner. Give them no information other than what they should wear, and then take them to see a musical, or a play, or out for a nice meal.
19. Give each other a makeover. There’s lots of YouTube videos of couples doing each other’s make-up, and it’s a lot more fun than it sounds!
20. Attend a launch/tester night for a new cocktail bar or restaurant. The Bloke and I love doing this, and having a blog certainly helps with securing invites! However, even if you don’t have one, you can contact owners and event planners via Twitter or Facebook.
21. Go to a local comedy night. Some comedy clubs have cheap tickets for nights that host amateurs, or professionals that are trying out new material for research.
22. If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, spend the day laying around in the sand. If there’s a pier, waste some small change in the slot machines. Nothing more exciting than 2p machines.
23. Take a class together – art, cooking, photography, writing, dance… Find a mutual interest and indulge in it together.
24. For those of you that enjoy singing, go to karaoke, or an open mic night.
25. Go to your local library and choose a book for each other that you think you’ll both enjoy.
What about you guys? Have you got any interesting date ideas? What’s the best date you’ve ever been on?
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