When it comes to winter dates and romance, we’re often sold a lie – films portray a picture-perfect couple laughing and playing in untouched snow but in reality, we’re faced with winter flu, miserable rain and frostbite! Easy though it may be, don’t let your relationship slip into hibernation with you this winter. Brave the dropping temperatures and give your dating a revamp with our five winter date ideas; it’s time to discover why these dark months are the most romantic time of the year.
Dinner in a Cosy Pub
Looking for the perfect escape from the cold? Warm up with some delicious, heart-warming pub grub. Head to the oldest pub you can find with low, beamed ceilings, dim lighting and plenty of nooks and crannies where you can cosy up by an open fire. In the same way bright, modern restaurants are made for the summer time, winter calls for cosy and atmospheric places with warm, hearty menus. The evening will have you so warmed up you won’t want to leave.
Take a Cooking Class
Take things one step further and try out improving your culinary skills with a cooking class. Make some incomparable memories by spectacularly failing or rejoicing over small triumphs on different tasks. If orderly cooking isn’t really your style and you tend to get yourself into a heated fluster, a shared shower could be the perfect way to end your night. You never know, your newly discovered skills might bring you closer together and crown you the King and Queen of summer BBQs.
Exclusive to winter, Christmas markets offer the perfect, romantic setting for your date. Most markets include an ice rink, so you can get your skates on and take your date for a whirl. If, like most of us, you personify Bambi when you step onto the ice, fear not, it will give your date the perfect excuse to hold your hand. If you mastered ice-skating long ago, you will have your date impressed and smitten in no time as you spin them (and their mind) around in circles. To warm up after your whirling, relax with some hot chocolate or mulled wine and soak up the festive atmosphere.
Have a Date Night at Home
When the temperatures hit the minus, leaving the warmth of your home won’t be on your top priority list – so don’t! Stay in and set the mood by lighting a few candles, opening a bottle of wine and watching a film you’ve both been eager to see. While the credits are rolling, you can continue your date night upstairs and maybe even give your partner a steamy massage that they won’t forget with some sensual oil. After all, there is no better way to warm up than with some shared body heat.
Soak Up the Culture
If you are a sun-lover and spent your summer days outside, chilling with friends and soaking up the rays, now is the time to do all those cultural things you missed last season without missing out on any of that vitamin D! Get an intellectual boost by visiting a museum or have an excuse to get dressed up and see a show. You could even grab some pic’n’mix and cuddle like teenagers in the back row of the cinema as you see the latest Hollywood movie or try something different and catch an independent, artsy documentary.
With so many ideas to choose from, you are sure to find something that gets you up and out this winter – but make sure to choose something that both you and your partner can enjoy. If simply going on a long, wintery walk floats your boat, then do it. One of the best things about dating in winter is that it’s the perfect excuse for getting up close and intimate with your partner, so make it as adventurous as you can!