Ok, so January blows. With Christmas gone and all of our annual car bills to pay for, sitting in watching tv while glancing at our phones every now and then gets just a little repetitive. So, to mix our evenings up a bit (without spending any extra pennies).. I thought I'd blog some free date night ideas which we can refer back to, (especially with Valentines Day fast approaching!) and because the British weather almost never corporates I've listed both indoor and outdoor activities too.
Oh and please note that phones, ipads and similar gadgets are banned from dates, that's right, banned! So switch them all off and keep them hidden away! If any peeking goes down, well.. you can decide the consequences.
Free indoor date ideas..
Movie night: Create the cinema experience by shutting off all the lights and getting some snacks! And to make sure both of you are happy, each pick a movie and watch both till the early hours.
Game night: dig out some board games and get competitive! Monopoly, charades, uno, poker, or you could even make up an indoor scavenger hunt!
Chocolate fondue: Melt some chocolate to enjoy with marshmallows, strawberries or whatever you like. We like to do this while watching our favourite comedy shows.
Romantic meal for two: Cook up a fancy three course dinner, get some candles on the go and enjoy a romantic meal in for two.. #standard
Get creative: Make something together, draw, paint, up-cycle some furniture, anything you like! Need some inspiration? Check out Pinterest.
Bake off: Team up and create an awesome 'showstopper' that would get the 'Mary Berry' approval!
Indoor camping: if you don't have a tent, build a fort! Then once it's built you could get inside and reminisce over how young you used to look in old photos of you both!
Pancakes: Every day should be pancake day in my book, so get in the kitchen and get flipping pancakes together.. it's funny when it goes wrong!
Free outdoor date ideas..
Cycle together: ok, you need bikes for this, but we love a bike ride round our local country park. It's fun, healthy and costs you nothing!
Go for a walk: If you don't live somewhere that's got pretty places to walk, go for a bit of a drive, somewhere you've never been before, then go for a walk hand-in-hand amongst the nature and the fresh air.
Stargazing: Sometimes when the sky is really clear I could gaze up at the stars forever. It's a beautiful sight which is available to everyone. plus, it's very romantical!
Picnic: Find your nearest park and take a picnic, and don't forget to take extra bread for the ducks!
Outdoor camping: even if it's in the back garden. don't have a tent? Take a blanket and see how late you can stay out!
Events: Keep an eye out for free local events, shows, fairs and markets happening in your local area.
BBQ: Spend the evening in the garden cooking up a mean BBQ, then cuddle under a blanket when it gets a bit chilly.
Beach: go to your nearest beach, walk along the seafront, search for pretty shells and skim pebbles into the sea.
Our favourite dates that cost a little bit of money..
- Pizza Hut (we do love Pizza Hut!)
- Miniature / 'Par 3' Golf
- A trip to the tea rooms for some lunch followed by scones with jam and cream, yum!
- Badminton, tennis or ping pong
- Pool tournament
- Fruit picking
- Ice creams, arcades and fish and chips at the beach
If you have any ideas of your own I'd love it if you could share them in a comment below..