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Dinner and a movie? No thanks

15 November 2012

A first date can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you have not been on a date in a while or are new to internet dating, so it is important to go somewhere you can both feel relaxed

Top places for a first date

Returning to the dating scene after a long time is certainly exciting, but can also be a little bit daunting. If you’ve never tried online dating before it can take a while to get to grips with, and the prospect of meeting someone that you’ve only communicated with via your computer can be a bit of a worry. 

With this in mind we’ve put together a selection of first date ideas which will help you relax in your date’s company, but ensure you have a night, or day, to remember.

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Wine and cheese tasting

It’s a rare person who doesn’t enjoy food, but a traditional dinner date can be a bit much the first time you meet someone as it’s easy to feel uncomfortable when face to face across a table. A wine and cheese tasting date gives you the food and drink, but takes away the pressure. 

Taking part in an activity on a first date is a great idea – it allows you to engage with your date but dilutes the intensity and also gives you something to concentrate on and talk about if conversation falters for a moment.


If you want your date to be an intimate affair - just the you and your potential partner - but want to ease yourself into conversation gently, rather than immediately finding yourself interview-style at a table for two, why not suggest a walk to your dining destination? 

It doesn’t have to be a long one, but meeting on a park bench and taking a gentle stroll to a restaurant or café gives you a chance to get comfortable in each other’s company before you embark on the date proper. 

A walking date is particularly ideal for dog owners who would like to see their date (and their dog!) around their pet.


Thanks to Strictly it's likely that your date will have at least a passing familiarity with ballroom dancing, so why not invite them to join you in a dancing lesson? You might feel like you’re going out on a limb when you ask, but if they say yes then you’ll know you’re on the same wave length. 

Dancing is brilliant for a first date because it gives you something to concentrate on apart from each other but, rather thrillingly, gives you a chance to get up close and personal, which other dates rarely do. One for the more adventurous perhaps, but it will certainly be worth it!

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