Dating can get boring. It can get monotonous and tiresome, and let’s face it, we usually try to condense things down to just a drink.
Going out with a person for the first time is always a little scary. You want to make a great first impression but sometimes you end up ruining it with a boring, dull date.
Long gone are the days of dinner and a movie. Now, it takes something more than awkwardly speed-chewing as they ask you questions, or sitting next to them in silence for 2 hours.
Need some #inspo as to what to do?
Here are 24 genuinely fun, and truly memorable first date ideas which will guarantee you a second…
#1 Play mini-golf
Unleash your competitive side: mini-golf is brilliant for a laugh
#2 Go geo-caching
Who wouldn’t love this fun modern-day treasure hunting activity?
#3 Enter a pub quiz together
Test each other’s general knowledge whilst having a laugh and a pint
#4 Play laser tag
Giving you space, whilst having A LOT of fun, this is a great first date for anyone who gets really nervous. The excitement will take your mind off the situation, and you’ll bond more too.
#5 Go for a long walk in a beautiful place with a picnic
A pleasant mooch throughout the hills, then to settle down with a picnic full of tasty goodies and portable wine: the conversation will flow naturally.
#6 Visit the zoo
Find out each other’s favourite animals…
#7 Go to a baking class
Like with Konditor & Cook at their Cake School! Their Curly Wirly cakes are to die for…
#8 Pop to the local museum
Wander around and enjoy out a bit of culture – plenty to talk about, just look around!
#9 Laugh out loud at a comedy club
Comedy clubs are always fun and they’ll have a great time
#10 Win some money playing bingo
…or just go for the laugh and something a bit different
#11 Attend a painting or pottery class
Nothing shouts romance like recreating that scene from Ghost
#12 Sing Karaoke together
We’re soaring, flying, there’s not a star in heaven that we cant reaaaaach…
#13 Pet animals at a local animal farm
They’ll get to see how adorable you are with animals
#14 Eat icecream at your local Gelato store
You had me at icecream
#15 Go on a day trip to the beach for fish & chips
Nom nom nom
#16 Take a wander down a local market
Check out some local cheeses, cakes and little antique stalls
#17 Pop to a local boutique cafe for coffee and cake
Have a natter over coffee and cake, everyone loves cake
#18 Rent a tandem bike and cycle around a park
Definitely a riskier activity – but really fun and laughter inducing none-the-less, renting a tandem and figuring out how to work the thing is all part of the fun!
#19 Check out the local parks (and bring your dog if you have one!)
If they’re the outdoorsy type, then this is an obvious choice for a fun first date that’s affordable and also really romantic.
#20 Drink up at a wine tasting session
Shake off those nerves with a few cheeky sips of delicious vino
#21 Bet on a horse at the races
Nothing more exciting than bonding over those initial moments where you think you may have won
#22 Embark on a riverboat cruise or a steam railway trip
Fancy something a little more cultured? See the sights along a river, or in the countryside
#23 Sightsee attractions around your nearest city
There is so much to do on your own doorstep – check out your local attractions and play tourist for the day
#24 Experience life under the sea at an aquarium
Marvel at the aquatic displays and learn about marine creatures (as well as each other)
#25 Go rollerblading or ice skating
A great way to get to know each other, it’s a silly and different way to enjoy an activity together
So hopefully you’re feeling a tad more inspired, and confident in the knowledge that first dates can be really fun and memorable… so face the fear and do it anyway: enjoy!