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Top ten date ideas for Valentine’s Day
Love it or hate it – Valentine’s Day is happening.
So, if the day fills you with love with a capital L, or at a loss for date ideas, we at Total Guide have an abundance of suggestions of how to spend time with your loved one.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, nothing says romance more than a little considered time and effort on your part. Opposed to the garage flowers and doctored card - we always know that you crossed out the birthday! Why not show that you care with one of our top ten date ideas;
1/ Get creative together
Creative couples are happier and healthier. The act of craft is de-stressing and releases feel-good chemicals in the brain. We also think it is a wonderful way to make memories, ignite conversation and feed a passion. Here are a few ideas to get started;
- Pottery class – Eastcott Studios
- General Art Class – MAM’s Gallery
2/ Comedy night
A sense of humour is one of the top things we look for in a partner. Therefore, a comedy night is an easy way to show that you have a funny bone gene.
- Wyvern Theatre – Comedy Club
3/ Make a meal together
Buck the trend of a takeaway or a loved one tied to the stove for an evening by cooking together as an activity.
For those looking to impress and hone their skills, why not try a cookery class with Rusland Cookery School?
4/ Workout together
If the thought of a sweat-inducing workout does not conjure up thoughts of romance, we urge you to give it a try.
Exercising as a couple is scientifically proven to increase happiness through its invoking of the same symptoms as love, i.e. sweaty palms, raised pulse - and emotional bond through the coordination of actions - e.g. matched movements in a class, running at the same pace and lifting weights together. Romantic, we know, but trust us it’s a thing!
- David Lloyd - Blaze Classes
- Oasis Leisure Centre - Fitness Classes
5/ Tasting evening
Why not try out a tasting evening as an alternative night out?
Magnums Wine Swindon regularly hold wine, whiskey and gin tasting evenings. Their next event is a Gin tasting night where you will have the opportunity to taste gins from all over the world.
6/ Night swap
To us, nothing says love more, than a partner joining us on an activity they dislike. It could be as simple as; watching a romantic comedy at the cinema, spectating a match at the Swindon Town Football Club or joining in on a class. Show you care by being there for a loved one. It costs little but means a great deal.
For the competitive couples among you, what better way to spend your evening of romance than a games evening. A little rivalry is a great way to get passions flowing and lots of fun.
- Lock yourselves in an Escape Room to ensure that you give the game and each other your undivided attention.
- Board game evening; Scrabble, Pictionary or a card game.
- Or, take a punt at crazy golf at the Golfing Hole.
- If the above does not bowl you over, why not try a strike at Ten Pin Bowling.
8/ Live band
Swindon is home to many live music venues from; Level III, The Victoria, Swindon Arts Centre, MECA. Create memories, dance and feed your connection with the shared experience of watching a live band. A study has shown that couples who listen to music together have a stronger bond of love and increased attraction.
Why not crank up the music on your next date night with a live gig?
9/ Spa session
Treat yourself, and a loved one to a spa session. Escape the busyness and stress of day to day life together at one of an abundance of Swindon’s spa hotels.
10/ A night in
Grab a Domino's takeaway, a movie and a blanket because nothing says “I love you” like a night in snuggling on the sofa.
"Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need" – John Lennon