Date Ideas

Searching for great ideas for your first spectacular date?

Spectacular Dates share our pick of first-date ideas to get the love-ball rolling.

We’ve put up a few fun first date suggestions because we know how stressful it can be to plan a fantastic first date, even if you’re a seasoned dater. Even if it doesn’t work out, you’ll still have a good time -the main thing is to put yourself out there and you might end up being surprised!

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For the romantic-at-heart

Pack a picnic or take a stroll in the park

The fact that you can both arrange to bring your favourite surprise food and drinks while discussing your big life plans makes picnicking more than just an outing with your family – they’re just perfect for dates.

Don’t think of it as cheesy or old-hat; it’s a great stress-free way to get to know each other while also acknowledging the safety aspects around dating by meeting in a safe, open environment where there are usually other people around.

There are undoubtedly some lovely parks and open spaces in your area with walking routes, wildlife and….maybe even a few swings – whatever your interest, there are ample opportunities to get to know your date – don’t forget to pack the wine!

For the adrenaline-junkies

Let your hair down at an amusement park

Although you might not believe that the ideal first date entails going on a roller coaster or other amusement park attractions, there is a very simple explanation for why this is a great day out for those who enjoy thrill rides: when we are afraid, our senses and brain become overstimulated. It shows that we are on a state of high alert and are experiencing an adrenaline rush from either excitement or fear.

This offers a great opportunity to spark a connection; a chance to hug, embrace, and laugh a lot – we think that’s great!

For the foodie-at-heart

Wine or Beer Tasting

Tasting sessions are educational and fun, and there are usually great offers and deals available in most cities making them affordable. There is so much fun and romance to be had exploring various wines or beers with your partner while indulging in a snack or two – it’s also a great springboard to going to a restaurant after or a night on the town.

Whether you appreciate wine or craft beers or want to learn more about them with someone else, you’ll no doubt have fun doing it together.

If you’re worried about the cost of going out, you can arrange your own tasting evening with friends – just bring a bottle (or two) and your favourite snacks, and enjoy great company while getting to know your date.

For the soulful-at-heart

Find your duet song at Karaoke

Although not everyone enjoys karaoke, it’s a terrific way to face the discomfort of a first date while learning about each other’s musical preferences and determining whether, like you, they are outgoing and confident.

Karaoke is a fantastic opportunity to unwind and stop taking yourself so seriously while having fun and getting to know one another better! Combine this with a lighter dating idea if you’re worried about it being your only option.

For the cultured-at-heart

See a live gig or go to the theatre

Attending a live music performance is another of our top suggestions – you can turn it into a grand first-date surprise or a thoughtful second-date idea. It’s a great way to bond over shared musical interests and to get the conversation flowing, during or after the show– not a bad place to sneak in a cheeky kiss.

A theatre show is a more refined and cultured choice compared to a gig but it’s a great way to dress up and enjoy yourself. Additionally, there will typically be a break where you can chat while enjoying a bottle of wine or ice cream.

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