Dating is fun in any season, but summer does seem to make everything in life that little bit more enjoyable! Now that the weather is (finally) heating up here in the UK, it's the perfect time to take advantage of the great outdoors. If you're looking for inspiration for your next rendezvous with your crush, check out our fun summer date ideas below!
1. Take a road trip or staycation
The summer months are full of travel opportunities. You could go for an overnight stay near the coast, or take a weekend road trip. Exploring new destinations together is a great way to strengthen your connection. It gives you the opportunity to spend time getting to know each other on a deeper level away from everyday distractions. Plus, it's always fun to play tourist in a new place!
2. Go for a picnic or barbecue
Nothing gets you appreciating sunny days more than a good picnic or barbecue. Pack a picnic basket with your favourite food and a bottle of prosecco, or buy a disposable BBQ and prepare to impress your date with your grilling skills. Find a picturesque spot at a local park or beach, enjoy the sunshine, play some outdoor games, and relax!
3. Have a beach day
Spend a day at the beach soaking up the sun and swimming in the sea. You could take a cold box with some beers, and try beach sports like volleyball or bat and ball. If you're a romantic, you can stroll hand in hand along the shore with an ice cream.
4. Take a food tour
The summer months are great for foodies. Go on a street food tour in your local city, or head to a farmer's market to enjoy fresh, delicious local produce.
5. Go hiking
If you're up for an al fresco adventure, take a hike. It's a great chance to explore the beauty of nature and can be really refreshing, especially if you live in a city or busy town. Head to the countryside, find a scenic hiking trail and enjoy the fresh air and natural surroundings.
6. Go to an amusement park
If you're a thrill-seeker, switch things up and suggest you visit an amusement park. This is a great summer date activity because amusement parks are full of entertainment and things to do.
7. Get tickets to an outdoor concert or music festival
Summer is packed with outdoor festivals and concerts. These events are fun summer date ideas as they offer a lively atmosphere and plenty to do. Check if there are any outdoor concerts or music festivals happening in your area. It's a great opportunity to enjoy live music, go on a food truck crawl, and dance the day away with your date. Find the best UK music festivals here.
8. Try outdoor sports or an activity
There are so many fun fitness activities that will give you the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather. You could play mini golf, go rock climbing, or try an outdoor yoga class. Even if you aren't the biggest fan of physical activity you might enjoy a bike ride in a beautiful setting. Activities are a fun way to get to know someone and can be great ice-breakers too.
9. Go stargazing
Find a quiet spot away from city lights and spend a romantic evening stargazing in the night sky. Bring a blanket and some snacks, and download a stargazing app to learn about constellations together. Cute!
10. Visit a rooftop bar
This may not be an option for everyone, depending on where you live, but most cities have rooftop bars that are perfect for fun summer dates. Enjoy the beautiful views and each other's company.
Remember to Play Safe
If things are hotting up on your date, make sure you're ready before you take it to the next level. Have you been tested and got your play badge? iPlaySafe provides home STI test kits that are integrated with an app. Your test results will be available through the app in the form of a play badge. Keep your badge ready to avoid any awkward conversations about sexual health with your date. Order a home STI testing kit here.
We've only just scratched the surface with summer dates ideas. There are so many fun activities to enjoy, so next time you're planning an in-person date get creative and suggest one of these!