Top ideas for a first date

Congratulations! You must have done something right to secure that all-important first date, but what should you suggest for where to go? First dates should be fun, memorable and they should allow for easy conversation so you can get to know each other a little better. Nobody wants to be remembered for a dull and awkward evening out, so here are just a few top ideas for a first date with a difference!

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Go on a walk

You don’t have to do the usual and go for a drink down at the local pub. A nice leisurely walk in a nearby park or beauty spot can make for a really memorable first date, and the space, fresh air and lack of distractions mean you can really get to chat. Just check the weather forecast before you head out!

Visit a museum or gallery

You probably have a good idea of what your date is interested in, because you must have already found something in common. Choose a museum or gallery dedicated to a shared interest or passion and you’ll find plenty of ways to break the ice and get the conversation flowing. If you’re stuck for ideas, the Arts Council England has a fantastic list of places you could suggest to your date.

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Try some new cuisine

Whether you’re looking for sushi parlours in Soho, curry houses in Coventry or Italian restaurants in Dublin, such as, try something a little less ordinary. Sampling new foods in a relaxed atmosphere can be a great way to break the ice, but do check beforehand whether they have any special dietary needs or that they’re happy with spicy food or something a little exotic.

Go bowling

It’s not just for teenagers, after all! Bowling can be a lot of fun at any age, and introducing that nice little laid-back competitive element to the date might bring out the best in both of you. You’re more likely to be relaxed if you’re enjoying yourselves and doing something active – you might even strike lucky in more than one way by securing a second date!

Don’t just settle for the standard cinema trip followed by a quiet drink. Put a little imagination into your first date and you could be going on lots more dates in the future!