First dates are weird because although they have the potential to be a giant laugh, they've also got to be the most nerve-wracking events of our social lives. As well as freaking out over what to wear (because you don't want to misjudge the weather and turn up sweating like a pig), and what questions to ask, there's also the little old problem of what the hell to do. The best advice is always not to make it too complicated or stressful, and don't ever put yourself in a situation where you can't get away from them if they turn out to be a total nightmare (espesh important with strangers you meet on dating apps, amiright? ) Here are 68 fun first date ideas that don't suck. Usually cinema is a giant no because a) you don't get to talk which as we all know, is really how you figure out whether someone is a total a-hole or not, and b) it's dark so you can't even get a good look at them. Outdoor cinemas though are a different vibe as people tend to chat, you can usually take in booze and snacks and they're not pitch black. Plus, they tend to show old or cult films and that way you can figure out whether the person you're dating is legit cool / on your level. Luna Cinema and Cult Screens put on pop up and regular outdoor cinema events all over the UK.
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You get given a password and an address and basically turn up blind. You have no idea what you're about to see but what you do know is that it will be an immersive theatre experience based on a cult film. From the glowing reviews of past events (including From Dusk Til Dawn and Edward Scissorhands), you can guarantee your night will be awesome. Sundays will never be the same again. Vintage amusement parks have that impossible balance of cringe and cute.
If you're sh*t-yourself scared of roller coasters, you can go on the kids' rides or play games. And if you're not and you go on the biggest, baddest ride there is, it'll give you fun points and also be a massive crease. They're all over the UK so you can check out Dreamland in Margate, Dingles in Devon, Adventure Island in Essex, or some of the other best parks in the UK. You really don't have to be a big nerd (term used affectionately, always) to enjoy a board game. Whether you go for a really simply family fave like Trivial Pursuit (kick their ass at the Friends edition), or a complicated but thrilling game where you build a strategic network of power stations (this is my legit favourite board game), it gives you things to talk about and takes the pressure of answering personal qus.
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Sure, the idea of your date seeing your boobs/hair/chins bouncing around might not feel you with the utmost confidence, but trampolining these days is bloody fun. Parks are opening up all over the UK where you can play trampoline-based games or just do some cool mid-air stunts. Again, being relaxed and cracking up is the perfect formula for a good date, and trampolining is a bloody good environment for that. Jump865 have parks all over the country. Scavenger hunts are becoming really popular for dates because having an actual task to do means you get to avoid any awkwardness or weird silences, they're incredibly fun, you get to work together which can obvs promote bonding (bit cringe but true) and it's something you can laugh/talk about afterwards.
Not just a cutesy thing to do with your nan on a Sunday, picnics are super fun for dates too because newsflash: you can take booze. Brill. Chat about your interests beforehand and figure out what you have in common, then you can go to an exhibition. There are loads of galleries and events that aren't library style where you have to keep quiet.
So you can look at cool stuff, have something to talk about and expand your minds, man. If your date doesn't like puppies then dump them immediately. Just kidding but seriously, if you're both mad about dogs you can hang out with one for the day, take him on walks or go snuggle with puppies at a shelter. Another retro one, but these days you can drink beers while playing. Also the themes have become even better.
You can do indoor glow-in-the-dark crazy golf too, which is like a rave but more fun. Again, it gives you a talking point and allows you to mock your date mercilessly if they're rubbish.