Once upon a time, when I was a lot younger, going on a date usually involved meeting up for a few drinks in a bar or pub, followed by dinner at a nice restaurant. It was all very nice, and what I enjoyed doing at the time. But now I’m getting older I like to plan dates that are a little more, well, fun.
Living in Nottingham means there’s always something different to see or do on a date. And today I thought I’d share my top 7 romantic date ideas for those of us who live in or around the city. I hope you guys enjoy it, and it gives you some inspiration for what you can do on your next date!
01. TAKE A CRUISE ON THE RIVER TRENT
One of my favourite things to do on a date in Nottingham is to go on a romantic cruise on the River Trent. Run by Princess River Cruises, there are two different types of cruise available to go on: a tranquil daytime one, and a more vibrant, exciting evening one.
The afternoon cruises tend to have more over 50s dating, while the evening ones draw a much younger crowd. And it’s really not hard to see why. As once the sun sets and the passengers are on board, the disco and the barbeque fire up and it’s time to party! You can dance the night away to your favourite sounds, relax with a drink from the bar or just enjoy the enchanting floodlit atmosphere of the River Trent by night. It’s the perfect setting for enjoying some quality time with a loved one.
02. TAKE A PICNIC TO NEARBY CLUMBER PARK
I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than going for a picnic. So the next time the sun comes out why not pack up a basket full of your favourite foods and drinks, and head to nearby Clumber Park for an intimate afternoon for two? Don’t forget to take a nice big blanket so you can lie down and have a chat (or a snooze) once you’ve eaten, and I highly recommend having a walk around the woodland, hand in hand, as the scenery is just beautiful.
Back when I was a single parent dating we visited Clumber Park a lot, as Stacey could run around to her heart’s content while Nathan and I enjoyed some time chatting and getting to know one another. There’s plenty of secluded spots for picnicking as well, so you won’t end up sitting at the side of hundreds of other couples looking to get away from it all. It’s just wonderful there.
03. HAVE AFTERNOON TEA AT THE PUDDING PANTRY
Afternoon Tea is big news right now. And I don’t think anywhere in Nottingham does it as well as The Pudding Pantry! Afternoon Tea here is served from 2pm till 4:30pm daily (5:30pm on a Saturday) and there are 3 different options you can choose from:
- Classic Tea, which includes 2 mini scones, homemade jam & clotted cream, 4 individually designed cakes, and sandwiches.
- High Tea, which includes 2 mini scones, homemade jam & clotted cream, 4 individually designed cakes and sandwiches, and a glass of bubbly Prosecco.
- Sweet Tea, which includes 2 mini scones, homemade jam & clotted cream, and 4 individually designed cakes.
The Pudding Pantry’s Afternoon Tea’s really are second-to-none. Everything here is absolutely delicious, and the cakes are super imaginative, so you won’t forget about eating here in a hurry. If your date is the sort of girl (or guy) who loves their afternoon tea, I highly recommend you take them here at least once. I promise they’ll love you for it forever!
04. GO ICE SKATING AT THE NATIONAL ICE CENTRE
Nottingham is well-known for being the birthplace of ice skating legends, Torvill and Dean. So why not head down to the amazing National Ice Arena in Hockney and have a go at skating, yourselves? You’re guaranteed to have lots of fun. And if you’re like me and you’re not very steady on your feet, you have a good excuse to cling on to your date for “safety”.
There are plenty of public sessions on throughout the week, and it will cost you less than a tenner each with skate hire. Bargain! The National Ice Centre is also home to the Motorpoint Arena, so if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a gig at the same time. It really is the place to go for a great night out.
05. HAVE A NIGHT OUT AT THE THEATRE
I don’t know about you guys, but I love nothing more than a night out at the theatre. I really enjoy getting lost in the music and story of the show I’m seeing. But the theatre can also be quite the romantic setting for a date too. Especially if you pair it with a pre-show meal and drinks.
There are 3 theatre’s that I know of in Nottingham itself: The Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, which are just across the road from Nottingham’s Cornerhouse, where there are loads of different places to grab a bite to eat and a drink before the performances. And The Nottingham Playhouse, which is situated on Wellington Circus.
To see what’s on at the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall click here, and to see what’s on at The Nottingham Playhouse click here. And if you’d like to see what I thought of all the shows I’ve been to see recently, make sure you check out the theatre reviews section of my blog.
06. VISIT THE MOONLIGHT DRIVE-IN CINEMA
If you’re looking for something quite different to do for a date in Nottingham, how about visiting the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema on the Giltbrook Shopping Park? Drive-In cinemas have become really popular here in the UK over the last couple of years, and I think that’s because we tend to love anything that originated in America.
Every month the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema shows 3 or 4 different movies, such as Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Grease and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the beauty of it is that you get to watch it from the comfort of your own car, with the sound playing through your stereo. You can even order food and drink to devour while you watch. It makes for a great night out, and I’m hoping to go and see Dirty Dancing there next month as this month’s showing has already sold out. Dammit!
07. PLAY A ROUND OFADVENTURE GOLF AT THE LOST CITY
OK, OK, I know what you’re going to say. How is playing a round of adventure golf romantic? And I hear ya, I really do! But trust me, The Lost City Indoor Adventure Golf is a fantastic place to go on a date in Nottingham. You can start out by playing either 18 or 36 holes of adventure golf (which is situated in the basement of The Cornerhouse) and then head to the super romantic Tiki Bar for drinks afterwards.
The Tiki Bar has a really relaxed atmosphere, and it’s the perfect place to just sit and chat to your date with a drink. It almost feels like you’re in a whole other world while you’re down there, and I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest it as a date idea to anyone looking to do something fun while they’re out and about in Nottingham. I love it!
And there you have it, my 7 suggestions of super romantic places to go on a date in Nottingham.
Have you ever tried any of them? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below!
**This is my entry into the We love Dates Blogging Competition. Wish me luck!