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Where to go on a Date in Swindon

Where to Go on a Date in Swindon

Got a first date lined up and struggling for ideas? Fear not, TGtS have got your back.

In the age of Tinder and Facebook stalking, it’s easy for people to forget they actually have to meet their potential new love interests in person. We've rounded up some first date ideas for you, so it'll be smooth sailing. Until you're actually on the date that is. 


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Driving Range

Driving Range

Venue: Basset Down Golf Complex

About: Basset Down Golf Course offers an incredible 20-bay, undercover and floodlit driving range, that is complete with automated Power Tees and heated bays for these chilly evenings. Want a little competition to make the date even better? With their Toptracer players can now get competitive against each other! 

Plus, if you don't have your own clubs don't worry you can hire a set for free.

The date: Why not do something a little less conventional? Try Basset Down's footgolf! Want a date that keeps your nerves at bay then this is certainly it! The pressure is off & the competition begins!

Address: Lower Salthrop, Basset Down, Wroughton, Wiltshire, SN4 9QW

Telephone: 01793 812336

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Venue: Better Extreme

About: The Link Centre's Extreme Trampoline Park is home to a variety of exciting features designed to test your skills - so every time you visit there will be something new to try!

The Date: You and your date will have tons of fun flying across the main jump arena, diving in to the foam pits, and competing to see who can land the smoothest dunk! 

This feel good activity is a fantastic way to work up an appetite before grabbing a low-key bite to eat. And if all goes to plan, the object of your affection will jump at the chance to see you again...literally. 

Address: Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DL

Telephone: 01793 877323

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Venue: Cricklade House & Fritillary Spa

About: This beautiful and dignified country house, built at the turn of the last century, has been tastefully restored and carefully extended and is now the ideal location for the perfect first date. They offer the most delicious picnic boxes that give you some scrumptious treats.

Picnic Boxes Available:

  • Ploughman’s Picnic Box - Pork Pie, Scotch egg, Pickles, Homemade sausage rolls Mature Cheddar Cheese Slice of chocolate Brownie & Served in a Bento Box and a Rug to take outdoors
  • Gardeners Picnic Box - Homemade Sausage Rolls (v) Cheese and Onion Quiche Sun blush Roast Red Pepper Salad Vegetable Spring Roll Crudities with Hummus Slice of Chocolate Brownie
  • Fisherman’s Picnic Box - Prawn Cocktail Salad Cod Goujons with Tartar Sauce Smoked Mackerel Pate on Toast Smoked Salmon Roulade Slice of chocolate brownie £13.50 per person

The date: Enjoy one of Cricklade House's divine picnic packages and relax in their tranquil and picturesque garden.

Address: Cricklade House, Common Hill, Cricklade, Wiltshire, SN6 6HA

Telephone: 01793 750751

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Venue: Longs & Rudi's

About: Located in the heart of Old Town Longs is in the perfect position to enjoy a cleverly concocted variety of cocktails or if you want something a little more hidden then try Rudi's who offer some sensational carefully crafted creations.

The Date: It’s a classic isn’t it? The relaxing vibes at Longs is the perfect place to get to know a new love interest, or take some time out to enjoy a long standing flame.

Soak up the music, the atmosphere and the impressive list of cocktails this Valentine’s Day.  

Address: 86-87 Victoria Rd, Swindon SN1 3BB

Telephone: 01793 534519

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Escape Room

Escape Room

Venue: Co-Decode

About: Co-Decode Live Escape Games Swindon is an exciting and unique Live Escape Room. Enjoy hand-crafted experiences, high player involvement and immersive gameplay!

The Date:  A unique Live Escape Room experience at is sure to create some unforgettable moments! Enter an immersive Escape Room and with 60 minutes on the clock you'll have to find clues, collect items, solve puzzles and work together to try and escape before time is up. 

Address: Unit 35C, BSS House, Swindon SN2 2PJ

Telephone: 07759 185264

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The Cinema

The Cinema

Venue: Empire Cinema

About: Don't underestimate the romantic power of going to the movies - it's been a hit for more than a hundred years so why mess with a good thing? Empire Cinema showcase all of the latest blockbusters - make sure to pick the perfect flick in our Cinema Guide before the big day. 

The Date: It may be an old'un but it sure is a good'un; you can never go far wrong with a trip to the cinema and a bucket of popcorn (especially if you want to avoid the odd awkward silence or two). 

Address: Greenbridge, Drakes Way, Swindon, SN3 3SQ

Telephone: 08714 714714

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Venue: Lydiard Park

About: Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, with the Palladian House, Church and Walled Garden, set in 260 acres of parkland. 

The Date: Although it's not for everyone, getting some fresh air and exploring the great outdoors is a terrific first date idea. Not only is a walking date the perfect conversation opportunity but it costs nothing, avoiding any awkward bill-splitting debates. Just remember to check the weather forecast first. 

Address: Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon, SN5 3PA

Telephone: 01793 466664

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Wine Pairings

Wine Pairings

Impress your date with these brilliant wine pairings

Choosing a good wine for your date can be a little daunting, so we've teamed up with the experts at Novel Wines to pick some crowd-pleasers that impress.

The safe bet for white wines is usually a Sauvignon Blanc and the Marlborough region in New Zealand offers consistently good quality. However, if you want to offer something a little more interesting, why not try the Casa Valduga Raizes Sauvignon from Brazil? It's fruitier and zippier than its New Zealand friends but still guaranteed to put a smile on a Sauvignon fan's face. If you want something a little more versatile than Sauvignon, for example if you don't know what's for dinner or what their tastes are, go eccentric with the Kayra Narince from Turkey. This juicy, floral white wine is a great food partner and good value too.

The red wines can also be challenging. Merlot can be hit and miss and a lot of supermarket Bordeaux is usually unimpressive. Spanish Rioja is usually an easy option, or you are generally safe going for the juicy Nero d'Avola reds from Sicily. In fact, this Colomba Bianca 'Vitese' Nero d'Avola is both organic and vegan friendly, as well as superb value. If you're going for pizza or pasta, try a medium bodied Uruguayan Tannat like the Bodega Stagnari Del Pedregal, full of plum and blackberry notes.

If you don't know whether to go with red or white and your date says "just bring the wine", then we've got you covered. Chateau Ksara Sunset Rose from Lebanon is spicy, fruity and creamy. It's bound to please!

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Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey

Venue: Link Centre

About: Swindon Wildcats is Swindon's Ice Hockey team. Fixtures are played at the Better Link Centre.

The date: It's the perfect way to break the ice with a little ice hockey match! Grab a drink, sit down and cheer on the Swindon Wildcats. Plus, if you get a little chilly on the rinkside your date might just give you their jacket.

Address: The Link Centre, Whitehill Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 7DL

Telephone: 01793 886857

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Theatre Trip

Theatre Trip

Venue: Wyvern Theatre

About: The Wyvern Theatre offers an excellent mixed programme of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions.

The Date: One of our favourite date night suggestions; nothing is classier than a trip to the theatre, it offers a great venue for the two of you to get dressed up and enjoy yourselves in style. The intermission will give you the chance to chat over a glass of something special, unlike the cinema where you'll spend your evening in silence.

Address: Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN

Telephone: 01793 524481

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Venue: Tenpin

About: At Tenpin you'll find plenty of lanes where you can show off your strike to your date. As well as tasty food and refreshing drinks from the venue's Beach Road Café there's also a fully licensed bar. And when you're done bowling, you can visit the arcades or go for a game of pool.

The Date: If you're looking for a low pressure date with a casual vibe; bowling is the activity for you. The two of you can enjoy a shake or share a pizza while engaging in a friendly competition.

Remember - the more fun you have, the better chance you'll stand of getting a second date.  

Address: Shaw Ridge, Whitehill Way, Swindon, SN5 7DN

Telephone: 0871 222 3675

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