Creative first dates

Are you bored of the usual coffee or drinks as a first date option? Why not think a bit more creatively and wow your date with your inventiveness from the outset? All it takes is a bit of thought, being open to new ideas and maybe a little research.

A word to the wise: Don’t start with anything *too* intimate. A few years ago I dabbled with a bit of online dating. One guy that I’d been emailing and then chatting with asked me to meet him at a local nature centre for our first date. I thought that was a great idea! We could go for a stroll around the lake, have a chat and see if there was any chemistry. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. He had arrived before me and laid out a picnic with sliced fruit and melted chocolate and thought he was going to feed me chocolate covered fruits. Now that really is a lovely idea, but it’s more a 3rd or 4th date kind of thing. It’s waaayyy to intimate for a first date when you’ve never even met in person.

So what sorts of things might you try? Well, of course you’ll want to get an idea of what your date is interested in. There’s no point taking them to a fun 50’s diner for a burger if they’re vegetarian or going for a park stroll if they suffer with hayfever.

Here’s a few ideas to get your creative date juices going:

Go to a museum or gallery. Lots of museums have special events like ‘Wine night’ or ‘Learn to draw’. See if there’s something fun going on and have a go.

Go to a nature reserve (without the chocolate & fruit!) or somewhere like Kew Gardens. Check their calendars for seasonal events.

Try a tango or salsa lesson together. Could be a real laugh and if it goes well you could take your new skills to a club later that night.

Go to the Aquarium or other touristy attraction you think your date might enjoy.

If your date is the adventurous type, try something like quad biking or archery.

If you’re really stuck for ideas, look online or ask your friends. Keep an eye out for fun local events or special days out. A good first date will likely lead to another!


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