When you’ve been for drinks or dinner a thousand times before, you eventually get to the point where you both just want a date night where you stay in and snuggle. Let’s be honest, wearing your pyjamas is amazing, there’s only so much snuggling you can do in public, and with our hectic lifestyles we’re pretty tired in all seriousness.
Your partner is someone you can kick back with, watch TV with without chatting about rubbish for the sake of chatting. But here at Peacocks, we know how important it is for a couple to get out of the house, to do something different and have a laugh together once in a while. After all, it’d be a shame to stop putting in the effort with each other just because we don’t have to. If you agree, check out our favourite alternatives to dinner and drinks, from everyone here at Peacocks!
1. DANCE, DANCE!
You might have watched TV shows like Friends when they talked about ‘going dancing’ and assumed they meant in a club, or that it was some kind of 90s trend that passed you by. Au contraire! There are actually places that normal people can go to RIGHT NOW, specifically to learn how to dance and to show off your new moves with bae.
Even if you guys aren’t awesome, it’s sure to get you laughing. Check out Dance Near You to find classes for everyone and anyone!
2. RAISE YOUR HEART RATE!
With a romantic hike! There’s a reason we all choose dinner and drinks as a classic date though, so why not end one of the best hikes in Britain – according to Rough Guides – with dinner in a rustic country pub or pack an adorable picnic basket (then bagsy not carrying it).
3. FLOAT YOUR BOAT!
Our very favourite idea – head to the Lakes, or A lake and rent a rowing boat. You can read poetry to each other a la Bridget Jones and Daniel Cleaver, find out how difficult and wildly unromantic rowing a boat actually is – in all seriousness, it takes a lot of effort and the rower will be sweaty as anything. Another absolute laugh riot and a chance to appreciate nature together in peace. So Zen.
4. AN INDULGENT DESSERT IN GREAT COMPANY!
More specifically, in FELINE company. Cat cafés are popping up all over the place, where you can devour a whopping great slice of too-good-to-eat cake and stroke a clowder of the cutest, usually adopted cats. Try not to fall in love with one of them and take it home though (in exchange for your partner). It’s a very real risk.
5. ACCEPT A MINI, BUT VERY SERIOUS CHALLENGE!
Even though normal golfing is an absolute snooze (sorry if you like it, we’re sure it’s great really), there’s something about mini/crazy golf that just releases all the bants, and there’s nothing better to shake away the stresses of your week together.
6. WATCH A FILM IN THE OUTDOORS!
There are only a couple of outdoor cinemas in the UK but they pop up from time-to-time. If you love retro American stuff, this date is for you. It’s the kind of thing you have to Google on a reg, but at least in August you are covered – you can head to Tatton Park in Knutsford!