Dates don’t have to be strictly for the lovebirds. They can be with friends or even family! However, more often than not, dates are typically associated with the romantic quarters of our lives; no matter what situation we’re in. Personally, I’ve been with my boyfriend for nearly a year and a half now – so we’ve had our fair share of dates right from getting to know each other, to making a boring midweek evening fun now that we live together.
Dates are the perfect opportunity for conversation, laughter and fun. They don’t have to be wild and expensive to be treasured. No matter what we do or where go, I love to keep everything! Train tickets, receipts, shells from the beach – you name it, it’s probably in my memory tin. Looking back at our relationship so far, we’ve had some really fun times – the activity doesn’t always matter, it’s the quality of the company. So I thought I’d compile 20 date ideas that vary across different budgets and seasons for you to have a choose from – some I’ve tried, some I’d like to try!
- Dinner – I thought I’d kick start the list with the most obvious one. Having a chat and a chill over a nice meal is hard to beat sometimes. I was always against dinner on the first date just in case it was awkward, but me and Lewis are still living proof that it works!
- Pub with friends Dates don’t always have to be just two people. It’s especially great if you have mutual friends to socialise with. Sitting in a group with a pint or glass of cola can spark some great conversation and breaks the ice a bit if it’s early stages!
- Cinema No matter the time of year, the cinema is a quick and easy date choice that I feel slots in well no matter the length of the relationship.Of course you can’t really talk during, but it’s a great talking point for after!
- A walk So simple, but can make for the best memories! Ideal for summer evenings or if a well needed catch up is needed. Just getting some fresh air will always do you good.
- A trip to the beach Easier said than done, especially if you can’t drive, but it’s a lot of fun when you’re there. Chips by the sea, amusements, tacky joke shops – the lot. Our first trip together was with my Mum to visit a family member, so it gave us chance to bond more. Lewis’s family live by the sea, so a trip to the beach is always on the cards.
- Takeaway & Chill On the evenings you can’t be bothered to cook and don’t really fancy going out, nothing beats ordering some food and slumping in front of the telly. Always cosy in the winter!
- Bike rides Another good one for spring and summer just to get you out and about. If you’ve got a basket or backpack, it’s the perfect opportunity for a picnic. Plus you can get to places much quicker and further than on foot.
- Coffee shop What romantic comedy do you not see this in. Whether it’s between friends or a love interest, your local caffeine fixer is an easy choice no matter the weather.
- Cooking/Baking May be a recipe for an argument over who ices the cakes or cooks the steak, but it’s a fun way to bond and you get some food out of it! Win win really.
- A day trip Days out don’t have to be extravagant nor expensive, even buying a bus ticket to a local city gives you the chance to explore away from your day to day life
- A weekend away If you fancy extending your day trip, booking a night or two away is like a breath of fresh air. Especially if you still live at home or just want some alone time.
- Pamper evening Nothing quite made me laugh like putting a sheet mask on Lewis for the first time. Doing a face mask,a nose strip and your nails together is a good way to relax in an evening, whether you’re just staying with each other for the first time or fancy a chill after a long day at work.
- Activities Such as bowling, ice skating, mini golf. You can do this just the two of you, or invite your friends/family to so you can all get to know each other. It’s a fun and lighthearted way of having some healthy competition and a laugh!
- Taking a class together This could be cooking, dancing, baking, something arty – anything! If you’re on a day trip or weekend away, it could be worth finding a class in the local area. So if you make a fool of yourselves – you’ll never see them again!
- Doing a project together Building furniture, finishing a puzzle, renovating that old chair in your dad’s shed or creating a scrapbook. Any chance to get creative and share your ideas will help you learn to work together. Some dates can really help you learn about each other and grow as a pair.
- Go on a drive Early in the morning, late at night to grab a McDonalds or just to park somewhere pretty on a summer’s evening. It’s known that some of the longest and deepest conversations happen on a good drive, so let’s hope I pass my test soon!
- Book an experience Sites like Wowcher and Groupon are bottomless pits for things to do and discounts too! From segway rides to a deal at a spa, there are 100s of things to do. They make for great gifts as well!
- Be touristy Whether in your hometown or exploring somewhere new; there’s bound to be a museum, cathedral or other historical landmarks for you to take a look around. Art galleries are pretty much always free and if you’re a child like us, will spend a good hour laughing at the naked figures.
- See a comedian/singer/band This could be a local talent or worldwide star – either way it gets you out and about to have a good time. It’s also really nice if it’s a comedian/music artist that you both share a love for, 10 x the fun
- Games night Perfect opportunity to keep it the two of you, or gather round your friends and family! Cards against humanity is a firm favourite of ours, you really do learn a lot about people!
So there we have it – 20 date ideas for you and the person you want to spend your time with! I wanted to include a variety of budgets and a mix of indoor and outdoor activites that are fit for all the weather! I’d love to hear down below what your dream date would be and to spice it up – what your least favourite date would be!
Until next time,