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An Alternative Valentine’s Day: Date Ideas

By Eloise Durham
An Alternative Valentine’s Day: Date Ideas

Bored of the conventional Valentine’s dates and being surrounded by other couples?

This February, try something a bit different with your partner and impress them with these unusual date ideas...

Do something civilised


Make an effort to get up early and have brunch. You and your partner could have fun making pancakes or go out and let a restaurant do all of the cooking for you. Then the rest of the day is yours!

Visit an art gallery or museum

Don’t kid yourself, if history and art aren’t your thing, then don’t pretend they are. But a local museum could be really interesting, especially if there are interactive exhibits. You could be art critics before you know it!

Get active

Go on a treetop adventure

Places like Go Ape and Treerunners offer outdoor activities that’ll get your heart racing. This is a great chance for you and your partner to support each other in overcoming fears.


Bounce around at a trampoline park, have fun and get fit. Enough said.

Laser Tag

Lots of couples go bowling but what about laser tag?! Work in teams to raid each other’s bases and release your competitive side. It’s a much safer alternative to paintballing!

Learn a new skill at a class


As embarrassing as this could get, it will be so much fun as soon as inhibitions are forgotten about! If you attend a couple’s dance class then what better way to bring you and your partner closer together (especially if you’re dancing the tango).


If you’re looking for husband or wife material, then this is a skill that’s not just useful but necessary! A recipe learnt here can come into play at a later date too.

Martial arts

This might sound crazy, but that’s the idea! Martial arts are all about self-defence and respect. This could be a great chance to release some tension between you and your partner too.

Explore the outdoors


Get some fresh air and take a relaxing walk in the country. Plan a route that fits both of your abilities and reward yourselves with a nice pub lunch at the end.


Geo-what? Hidden all over the world are ‘caches’ that are waiting to be found. Using the Geocaching app, find a geocache and then sign the logbook inside it. It’s an adult’s treasure hunt!

Stay in

Make a fort

If you can’t whisk your partner away to expensive places, this is a simple alternative. Build a sanctuary for the two of you and have a picnic on the floor — perfect for these cold winter days.

Do something random


So many places host bingo nights and who knows, maybe you’ll win big!

Comedy night

Support the places in your community and attend a comedy night — it’s a guaranteed laugh.

Escape game

Also known as exit games or locked room games, these are great activities to stimulate your mind and team skills. The idea is that you solve clues and puzzles in order to escape a room within the time limit.

Put a twist on tradition

Meet each other all over again

Perhaps you actually like the usual dating spots such as restaurants and bars, so meet there with your partner, but as though you don’t know each other! Fall in love all over again and learn new things about each other. Cute!

Whatever you end up doing… Happy Valentine’s Day

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