Top 10 Romantic Date Ideas
Dating, a word which depending on your age emotes one of two feelings, either excitement or fear. The term dating refers to two people spending time together engaged in various activities such as going for a meal, to the cinema, bowling etc in order to establish if they want to spend more time together and further down the line spend the rest of their lives.
Generally people start dating in their teens, which is when the whole thing is really exciting and there is no real urgency to find "the one" and as the saying goes "You need to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince." But as we get older dating becomes a word to dread as all our friends seem to be in steady relationships, doing couple things like DIY and buying a dog, just think Bridget Jones and you get the picture.
Traditionally, once a couple were in a steady relationship, living together, married, with kids dating was a thing of the past, but with movies such as Date Night, dating is no longer the preserve of the single, any couple can go on a date and the most popular time to do it is Valentine's Day.
Below are some romantic date suggestions:
1. The obvious date idea is a romantic meal for two at a restaurant, somewhere that you don't go that often or that holds a special meaning for you both. If you want a romantic meal with a difference how about Belowzero, this super stylish restaurant is located under the Absolute Icebar in London, so you can experience the freezing temperatures of the Icebar before warming up in each other's company over some mouth-watering tapas, or a dinner cruise on the River Thames, watch history pass you by as the glass roofed boat takes you along this world famous river and you enjoy sumptuous food, or take a short hop over the Chanel to the capital of romance, Paris and enjoy lunch in a real French restaurant.
See our: Lunch Cruise and Trip on the London Eye for Two
2. It is said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so sticking with the food theme, a romantic meal doesn't have to be in a restaurant. How about cooking up a storm in your own kitchen or a picnic in the park or if cooking isn't your strong point then there's always a take-away?
See our: Food Gifts
3. Another classic date is a trip to the cinema. The decision though is, do you go for a slushy romance in the hope that some of it will rub off on your other half or a thriller/horror to give you the excuse to cuddle up close or maybe the film choice doesn't matter as you're not planning to actually watch too much of it? Another option is to get a DVD, allowing you to properly snuggle up together on the sofa and if the whole romance thing takes over at least you won't be risking of getting arrested!
See our: Slankets
4. If you're spending the night in, how about turning off the TV and playing a bored game? Now you could opt for Monopoly, although it might not be that conducive to romance as you find out your other half is a power hungry, money grabber, but what about Nookii. Nookii is a board game designed especially for adults, with categories like Aah, Mmm and Ohh and a blindfold included, need I say more?
See our: Nookii Adult Board Game for Couples
5. How about a trip to watch your partners favourite footie or rugby team in action? Not the obvious romantic choice, but just think of the brownie points you'll get for future use and if their team wins, the players on the pitch might not be the only ones to score.
See our: Adult Emirates Stadium Tour for Two
6. Life can be stressful, so why not take some time out together and go to a spa for the day? Enjoy a treatment together and give yourselves time to reconnect without the every day pressures of life.
See our: Pampering Days
7. It's said that the couple that laughs together stays together, so why not go to a comedy club? As well as having a good laugh they are generally pretty dark places, just make sure you can't be seen from the stage!
8. Go away for the night or a long weekend; it's surprising what a change of scenery can do for romance. Choose a cosy cottage in the country where you can enjoy a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire, or a stylish city pad and live like the jetset for the night, or for a night with a difference spend it in a haunted house, you'll be holding each other close before you know it. See our: Romantic Breaks
9. Go out for the day. When we go abroad we all make a point of going to the local attractions, but who can say the same when they're in their own town? The UK is brimming with tourist attractions from the historic to the modern day, from the purely for fun to the educational. Take a tour round a stately home and a journey back to the times of Austin, where a letter or a glance was all that was needed to set hearts a flutter, visit a gallery of contemporary art and share stifled giggles as you try and interpret the meaning of half a dead animal in a box, get back to nature with a day at a nature reserve, the choice is yours.
See our: Days Out
10. A sure way to set hearts racing is a rollercoaster. Go to your nearest theme park, and ride the scariest ride you can find, then return your pulses to normal by cosying up on the pedalos.
The options for ways to spend a romantic date are many and varied, but one things for certain if it's spent with the right person then it really doesn't matter what you do or where you do it as long as you do it together.