15 Date Ideas to surprise your partner
Struggling to think of date ideas to treat your significant other? Well, with these date ideas to provide some inspiration, you can’t go far wrong…
The dating scene can truly be a minefield. These days, keeping things interesting is now part and parcel of impressing a potential partner. But, what about when you’re already together and have been for years?
To avoid any need for divorce mediation, keeping the spark alive in your relationship is so important. That said, the inspiration for dating can become far and few, and it can become easy to let life get in the way.
So, for some great dates for couples who may need some rekindling, for those first daters, or just couples who want something fun to try, you came to the right place.
1. Organise a Dinner Date
This isn’t particularly ground-breaking, but going out for dinner and drinks is just the classic way to treat your loved one. Whether you keep it simple, or try something you’ve never tried before, some ideas to make it really romantic could include:
- Purchasing a meal at a Michelin Star restaurant, with a posh and exciting taster menu.
- Booking a table at your loved ones’ favourite restaurant.
- Booking somewhere you’ve never been before.
- Taking them for cocktails beforehand, so you can work up an appetite.
2. Head to an Escape Room
This is one of the best creative date ideas if you want something with a little more adventure. The idea is that you and your partner get locked in a room, and have to escape before the time runs out. You usually get one whole hour, or maybe even 90 minutes, to guess the clues and find your way out.
There are hundreds of different escape room ideas, including sci-fi stories, pirates, and even horror and exorcisms, so there’s something for everyone! Working together in this way will be something you’ve never done before, but it’ll definitely help you to rekindle the fun in your relationship.
3. Going on a Night Out
Although this might not be for everyone, heading on a night out could be just the thing you need. Perhaps you met during your uni days, and want to relive the first night you met? Or, maybe you and your friends used to hit the town a lot before you had your children?
Whatever the reason, I’m sure it’s been a while since you had a proper night out. So, have your pre-drinks before you head to your favourite club. Maybe you could even invite some friends along to join you both, just like old times! Then, when it comes to the end of the night, head on over to the nearest kebab shop or chippy and indulge in a post-night out treat.
4. Bar Crawl
On a similar vein, and if you like to head out for a drink every so often, a bar crawl is a fun way to socialise and relive your teenage or uni years. You could even try out pub golf, where you get into teams and have to down a drink at every stop. It’ll certainly be messy, but if you’ve got a babysitter sorted, you should be good to go!
5. Try Mini Golf
If you’re not into nights out, you could always get the sparks flying with some competitive mini golf. This is also one of the best fun first date ideas, as you can show off your skills, and get flirty.
To shake it up even more, you could even put a wager on who will win. Then, the winner decides where to go for dinner afterwards, and the loser has to pay! However you decide to play it, this is a great way to have a bit of fun, and to revive that competitive spirit that brought you together in the first place.
6. Book a Hotel Room
There’s nothing more glamorous than heading to a hotel room and spending the night there, ordering room service and watching the TV. This is such a nice way to get a change of scenery, especially if you have kids. Spending a little bit of money on a hotel room that’s fresh, clean, and tidy could be just what you need.
You don’t just have to spend the whole time in hotel room in either. So, why not don your best clothes and head down into the hotel bar or dance room and see what they have to offer.
7. Try Out a Comedy Night
If you and your partner have the same sense of humour, or you just need a little break from reality, a comedy night is the perfect night away from home. Every city will have a comedy club somewhere, where new and unexpected faces take to the stage to make you laugh. Who knows, you might even be the first to see an actor who later becomes a famous face.
8. Go Dancing
This is probably one of the most romantic date ideas on the list, so if you’re into this sort of thing, then give this a go! Perhaps your significant other used to be a dancer in their youth, or maybe you want to relive your wedding dance or just try something new. Whatever it may be, every city has a dance experience; you just need to do a bit of research and find it.
This could be salsa, which will really add a bit of spice to your night, or something like ballroom dancing, which is perhaps a bit more romantic. The key here is to bear in mind what your partner likes best. If they would hate dancing, this is obviously not the best date night idea, but if they’ve always had this on their bucket list, then why not help them to tick it off.
9. Try Something Educational
Although this might not be the most romantic date ever, if either of you has an interest in history or science, this could be the ideal date for you! Some ideas of educational places to visit include:
- Historical towns
- Churches and cathedrals
- Heading to a nearby landmark
10. Take a Trip to the Theatre
Who doesn’t love the buzzing and exciting atmosphere of the theatre? You’ve got to be crazy if you don’t!
This sort of date ticks all the boxes, as you get entertainment, drinks, snacks, and a romantic and fun atmosphere. You don’t have to see a musical either if this isn’t your cup of tea. Theatres not only show musicals and plays but also showcase famous comedy acts too, so there’s something for everyone.
11. Going to the Cinema
This may seem a bit old-fashioned, but these days, cinemas and movie theatres simply don’t get the praise they deserve. Yes, the tickets and food can be expensive, but it’s all about the experience.
Perhaps your partner has been raving about a movie trailer they saw on their social media. Or, maybe they’re showing an old classic you know and love. Whatever it may be, heading into the auditorium of a dark and popcorn-smelling room is one of the easiest, and possibly most romantic, date ideas out there.
12. Give an Active Activity a Go
If you’re more of a sporty couple and love to get competitive, there are so many fun date ideas out there worth giving a try. Some examples of sporting activities to try could include:
- Going swimming, or to a water park
- Axe throwing
- Laser tag
- Going to a trampoline park
- Rock climbing
Each of these will give you the opportunity to embrace your inner child, and blow off some steam. So, if this is something you think you two both need, it’s definitely worth it!
13. Go on a Walk
You don’t have to spend money or go somewhere elaborate, to enjoy some one-on-one time together. In fact, there are plenty of cheap date ideas worth trying, that is just as romantic as more expensive ones.
Heading out for a long walk is a great one, and is just a lovely way to reconnect. It can be easy for life to get in the way, so this is the ideal time to catch up on each other’s days, and just check in and have a chat.
14. Have a Picnic
Maybe you just want to get some fresh air, without the exercise, in which case, a picnic is a perfect compromise. Pack some of your favourite cold lunch treats, your picnic blanket, and some fizz while you’re at it, and head somewhere lovely to enjoy it all. This is the perfect option for a sunnier day, but don’t forget your suncream!
You don’t have to travel far for this either, and can just head into the garden for it! We think this one of the best cute dates at home.
15. Book a Concert or Festival
Last, but certainly not least, is enjoying some time together in a more packed environment, with music galore! To let loose a little, and to hear some of your favourite acts perform, this is the perfect way to splash out and treat one another.
Ready for Your Date Night with These Date Ideas?
As you can see, no matter how long you’ve been together, there’s always room for romance and fun. You don’t need to spend a lot of money either, and can get creative with some more interactive or chilled date ideas. Whatever floats your boat, there’s something for everyone!
Have you got any more fun dating ideas to add to the list? Leave them down in the comments below, so we can all gain some inspiration from one another.