I'll start by saying that I have been single for a very long time and have been on my fair share of dates, and the formula always seems to be the same, dinner, maybe a couple of drinks afterwards and that's about it. Sometimes maybe a film is thrown in, which to be fair is a good thing because while you can't talk in the movie, you do have a guaranteed topic of conversation afterwards in case of awkward silences.
So, in no particular order are my top 5 ideas for dates that break out of the usual pattern.
1. Comic Con
Obviously this is an acquired taste, but if you pick something small and local then you'll get the fun of seeing some of the people in costume, see all of the stalls and things but you won't get the huge pressing crowds of a bigger convention. You and your date don't have to dress up obviously (although I probably would), but maybe challenge each other to wear your geekiest t-shirt or something.
2. Live Comedy
I don't mean huge arenas to see a hugely famous comedian, not that there's anything wrong with that. I mean comedy clubs or small gigs by new comedians. They might be hit and miss, but if the comedy is bad then you and your date can have a laugh between you about how much they bombed. If they're good then that's even better, and like I mentioned with the cinema, if you grab a drink after then you have a guaranteed topic of conversation, which is great if it's a first date that you met online.
3. Live Music
Small local bands or singers in pubs are a great place to go because you can have a drink while you're there, and if the conversation isn't flowing then you can just listen to the music rather than trying to fill the silence or force things. Plus you might discover a new band to love and if you end up together you'll be able to bond by going to their gigs together.
4. A Museum
Most local museums tend to be free or reasonably cheap, and you get to learn more about the area together. Obviously it isn't for everyone, some people find museums boring, but there's one near me that has a real mummy which is amazing. You get to learn something, and it gives you an easy topic of conversation as you walk around.
5. Go Ape (or something similar where you live)
Obviously this doesn't specifically have to be Go Ape, but I mean something physical that can have you active and having fun together. If you and your date aren't into heights or anything that strenuous then perhaps a walk in the forest instead which is a lighter pace than an obstacle course in the tree tops. Perhaps set some sort of list of things to spot to add a bit more of a challenge to your walk. You could even go and feed the ducks just to get out in the open air.
So there you have it, my top 5 alternative date ideas. A couple of these are things that I've done on dates and some are things that I enjoy doing that I think would make good dates. If anyone has any other suggestions then why not add them in the comments, I'm always open to good ideas.
As a bonus idea for the festive season (not available all year round which is why it didn't make the list) why not go to a Christmas market. Music and stalls and food and beer, what could be better then wrapping up warm and getting in to the Christmas spirit for a night.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
|Me as a harlequin and my friend Cheryl as a zombie bride|
Right then, down to business.
Since the festive season is upon us (I don't care that it isn't December yet for any of you naysayers who think it's too early), that means it's time for another giveaway. Now this one is slightly different because rather than there just being one prize, because it's the season of giving, I'm going to be giving away 3 prizes.
The main prize will contain at least 1 Nightmare Before Christmas item, a family friendly Christmas DVD, a Christmas stocking, Christmas crafts, and sweets. The 2 smaller bundles will contain a family friendly DVD, Christmas crafts, and sweets.
It's open now, and will run until the 18th December so that I can get the bundles out before Christmas, I will send them 1st class recorded to make sure that everyone gets them on time. Entry is at the bottom of this post.
If anyone has any festive themed blogs or reviews that they would like to see then feel free to comment and let me know. Best of luck guys and a very merry Christmas to you.
Christmas Bundle Giveaway!!!
Sunday, 11 November 2018
So, it's coming up to that time time of year, Christmas, and with Christmas comes Christmas party season.
Now I know some of you might complain that it is only November and you don't want to think about Christmas yet, however; when booking your work Christmas party (or any Christmas party for that matter) the earlier the better since you don't want all of the best places to be booked by the time you finally think it's acceptable to get in the festive spirit.
With that in mind, a slightly unexpected, but amazing place to hold a Christmas party is The Hepworth Wakefield. It might seem like a slightly unconventional place to hold a Christmas celebration, but a four course meal, drink upon arrival and some great entertainment, it is excellent value at £45 per person.
It's a beautiful place, full of wonderful artwork that you can look at while you mingle (and that in itself offers a great in-built topic of conversation for anyone who isn't great at smalltalk). And then after drinks and dinner you can dance and just enjoy the evening.
It will certainly make a change from a daytime party in the office, or after work drinks at the local pub with a few sandwiches and sausage rolls.
A Christmas party at the Hepworth includes:
- A celebratory drink upon arrival
- A four course festive dinner
- DJ entertainment
- A chill out lounge
It costs £45 per person.
Dates available are - Friday 7th December
- Saturday 8th December
- Friday 14th December
- Saturday 15th December
Other dates are available for private/exclusive bookings.
They can accommodate smaller office groups to larger organisations and companies.
How to book
Phone: 01924 247362
*Image is from Blog Up North
*Full disclosure, this post is written in return for an evening at The Hepworth, however all opinions expressed are my own.