I thought I'd share some date night/ day ideas other than the standard going out for dinner/ drinks. We've been married for two years now (together for almost seven years) and I think it's so important to make time for each other. It's too easy to forget to engage in proper conversation and distracted by electronics. Of course, if you don't have a significant other, most of them would be fun to do with a friend, too (apart from number three...could get a bit awkward haha).
1. Visit your local zoo or aquarium. This is something that me and my husband like to do a few times a year and it makes a great day out for just spending some time together. In fact in the last couple of weeks we have visited Edinburgh Zoo (see my post about it here) and also our nearest one which is Chester Zoo. If you're from the North, I also like Blackpool Zoo, the Welsh Mountain Zoo and the Blue Planet Aquarium, which is on the Wirral.
2. Go for a Picnic. This does of course depend on the weather but it's something we love to do when we get some sunshine. You could go to a local park, beach, into the countryside or even just do it in your own garden. It's just a nice way to relax and it's a bit of a change of scene from having lunch/ dinner indoors, plus it doesn't have to cost the earth.
3. Speaking of things that don't cost the earth, there's nothing better than a cuddle on the sofa watching a DVD. This one is especially good in Autumn/ Winter, when we like to add a cosy blanket and if you fancy it you can add drinks/ snacks to the equation.
4. Be a tourist in your own city. I've always thought that people often forget about what there is in their own city. Have a look at trip advisor to see what you cold visit. Being from Liverpool, it's not too long ago that we visited Speke Hall (a lovely Tudor mansion and gardens to spend a few hours in if you're in the area).
5. Go out for brunch. A date involving food doesn't always have to be in the evening! This is especially good if you're both off work at the same time or it fits with your schedule. If you're in Liverpool, we love to visit The Tavern Company on Smithdown Road once in a while. The food is amazing, not overly expensive and they've won lots of awards, too!
6. Go for a walk...it's a great way to connect and best of all, it's absolutely free! This could be local to where you live or you could go somewhere else for a change of scene. We've recently hopped on the train to Port Sunlight and New Brighton (both on the Wirral), just for somewhere different to have a wander. Sometimes just having the chance to have a good chat is great.
7. Feed the ducks. This is sort of walk related really but on a Sunday, we often like to head to our local park for a walk and to feed the ducks. I recently learned that feeding them bread isn't actually the best thing for them (being fed it constantly is not a balanced diet and can cause deformities and other health problems). I'd recommend oats, tinned sweetcorn or defrosted frozen peas for healthy treats for them. Again, it's just a chance to spend some time together reconnect (which is the aim of a date, right?).
8. Do something your significant other loves to do. You're more than likely to have an interest or two in common but there's nothing wrong with having separate ones either. It's nice to try out what the other person enjoys. Not long after we got together, we 'traded' me going to a rugby match for my now husband coming with me to watch an opera. A few years down the line, I've been to more rugby matches than I could count and I actually quite enjoy it (what can I say...my husband likes me to watch muscle-y men in small shorts running around haha...joking of course). He's also grown to enjoy going to the theatre and we've seen quite a few operas, musicals and other productions since.
9. Which brings me nicely to....go to the theatre or a concert/ gig. If you wanted, you could add on dinner or drinks to give you more opportunity to talk. This is another thing that can cost as much or as little as you like. It could be anything from a huge perfomance in another town with an overnight stay to some really good live music in a local pub. Addmitedly we've paid more for the higher priced seats when we've really wanted to see a specific show or thought it was worth paying the extra to sit further forward (e.g. The Lion King musical-amazing!), but we often book theatre tickets months in advance and often we're able to see shows for around ten pounds each, bargain! Use google to find out what's on near you.
10. Play mini golf. It might be childish, but it's fun! It's a chance to have a giggle and I feel like we sometimes need that...adult life can get quite serious and it's fun to let your inner child out. Our favourite is Championship Adventure Golf in New Brighton, which we sometimes hop on a train to.
What's your favourite thing to do on a date?