When it comes to planning date nights, it can become so easy to fall into a routine of the same old. Dinner and drinks? Expensive. Bowling? You did that last month. That isn’t to say these aren’t enjoyable but after a few, those dates can blur into one. When planning date night, I like to look for fresh, fun alternative activities which won’t cost us an arm and a leg.
If you are looking for some alternative date ideas – check out my fun alternative date ideas below!
Go Axe throwing
Give date night an exciting edge by giving axe throwing a try!
Last year, on a bit of a whim, Jack and I tried our hand at axe throwing. Both extremely competitive by nature, we really enjoyed axe throwing and the competitive element of it. Being the winner, I, of course, enjoyed it slightly more.
If you enjoy bowling or mini-golf and are looking for a more thrilling experience then give axe throwing a try on your next date. Warning: maybe not a date you want to try if either of you is a sore loser considering you will have a sharp blade in hand! No need to end the night with a trip to A&E…
Read about my axe throwing experience to learn more.
Visit a Comedy club
Now, who doesn’t love a laugh? Hit up a comedy club and see some local comedians or maybe one of the bigger names. An inexpensive and memorable night for two. We previously went to see Frankie Boyle at a very intimate venue as he tested out material for his upcoming tour. It’s safe to say I was sweating bullets as I was close enough to see the whites of his eyes and I didn’t think I could withstand an infamous Frankie Boyle roasting.
I personally recommend The Stand Comedy Club, which has venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle. As a smaller venue, the Stand will host emerging artists to household names and in an intimate setting which allows for a lot of audience interaction and makes for a really fun evening.
Go to a Food Festival
Glasgow has an absolutely amazing food scene and in recent years has become the home to multiple food festivals. Food festivals are a fantastic alternative to going for dinner – it’s an opportunity to sample an array of different cuisines, grab some drinks and listen to some live music.
Take a Masterclass
Take time together to learn a new skill. This could be a language class or maybe a pottery class (think Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore).
Last year, Jack and I went to a pakora making masterclass and had a lot of fun. Now, I can’t imagine Jack ever wanting to take a pottery class and re-enacting THAT scene from Ghost but as a couple that often consumes their own weight in gyozas, I think a Japanese cooking class is something we both would enjoy.
Ultimately, date night doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant to be a good time as long as you’re together doing something you both enjoy then good times are guaranteed.
If a quiet night in is something you desire, read my list of my Favourite Romantic Films.
Until next time,
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