People feel differently towards dating – some feel excited while others are nervous wrecks. But one thing’s for sure; nobody enjoys planning a date. Whether it’s a first date or ten year anniversary, the search for something fun to do is never fun itself. Luckily we’ve done the hard work for you, with ten great date ideas to take note of. Birmingham is rarely considered the Paris of the UK, but there are a surprising number of romantic activities in the city centre and beyond. Take a look at our list, and don’t worry – we promise not to take all the credit! Happy dating!
They say that ‘if you can make a woman laugh, you’re halfway there’, but really that applies to anyone. The key to anyone’s heart is laughter and food, and luckily The Comedy Loft dishes out both for a great date idea in Birmingham. With regular comedy nights each week, you’ll be sure to see an exciting array of fresh talent and upcoming comedians that will certainly get the two of you giggling. So grab a drink and a seat and relax for the evening – or rather prepare to have sides split and sore cheeks from a night of non-stop laughter.
How to get there: 259-262 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HF
Make a sumptuous visit to Cadbury’s World
Birmingham is home to the heavenly hub of chocolate known as Cadbury’s World. Research has shown that a chemical in chocolate called tryptophan releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter known for making people happy. Chocolate also releases phenethylamine, which triggers endorphins similar to when one is in love. So you definitely won’t go wrong with a trip to the heart of chocolate making and tasting. Cadbury’s World shows you how it’s manufactured and let’s you have a go at it, or alternatively embark on their 4D chocolate adventure.
How to get there: Cadbury World, Linden Road, Bournville, Birmingham, B30 1JR
For something ultra-romantic, a leisurely walk, hand in hand, around the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a vintage date idea that never goes out of style. Take one of their seasonal walks around the park, breathing in the scented flora and natural surroundings. They also have a Butterfly house, filled with these beautiful creatures from all over the world. If you’re lucky enough to have some land on you (it’s not that rare!) make sure you have a camera handy and take that much sought after Instagram-worthy couples-kiss-shot whilst covered in butterflies. Once you tire of walking around the gardens all day, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens puts on regular theatre out on the lawns during the summer, with this year’s choice of Treasure Island and Pride and Prejudice.
How to get there: Westbourne Rd, Birmingham B15 3TR
Learn new skills at a class or workshop
Nothing creates a lasting bond like learning something new together. Research by psychology professor, Arthur Aron, published in the New York Times confirmed that couples who do new activities together are more satisfied in their relationships. It also found that couples who problem-solved and completed tasks together showed greater changes in how happy they were in their relationships. So if you’re relationship needs a bit of spark or you simply want to do something fresh and stimulating together, a class or workshop is a great date choice. Birmingham’s ever-evolving cultural scene means you can take your pick for date ideas, with foodies likely to love Loaf’s innovative cookery and baking classes, or Rosa Villa Tavern helping you master the perfect cocktails. Or why channel your inner Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost with a pottery and sculpture class at the MAC?
The Hippodrome, The Alexandra and Birmingham Repertory Theatre have you covered when it comes to watching any kind of live performance. From elegant opera shows to award-winning musicals, you can choose how to set the mood but are guaranteed to have a good time no matter what. Some of the top shows hitting Birmingham’s theatres are Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Avenue Q, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables and American Idiot – to name a few! If you’re on a budget and looking for an affordable date idea – we’ve got you – with our curated list of shows with tickets under £25 in Birmingham.
Unleash the adventurer in you
Adrenaline is another hormone associated with love, so take your relationship to new extremes with an adventure or activity date. Send hearts racing as you whip around a karting track at Teamworks Karting or take on the ski slopes at Ackers, or go full on survivor mode with the Bear Grylls Adventure. This may not be for the faint-hearted, but the thrills of doing something wild together is bound to heat things up.
Sometimes you need a night of thumping bass and evocative lyrics to get things going, with those hot and sweaty nights dancing away to music. Have a drink at the best canal side bar The Flapper before one of Birmingham’s best local bands takes the stage, or feel the heat at the 250 capacity venue, The Hare and Hounds, as it hosts one of its famed atmospheric nights of indie music.
Of course, if you’re looking for bigger shows, Barclaycard Arena, the O2 Institute and the O2 Academy are always guaranteed to be hosting some of the biggest live bands to walk through town! Make sure to compare the prices here so that you get the best deal, then you can spend your savings on something nice for your partner and look even more romantic…
For those who love the outdoors, you may prefer a date idea to suit – such as listening to live music in one of Birmingham’s parks. Moseley Folk Festival brings the softer side of music for more folksy laid-back vibes, whisking you away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with Moseley Park acting as an oasis of beauty for festival goers to relax in. Birmingham’s broad festival scene brings more than music, with Birmingham Swing Festival and Verve Poetry and Spoken Word Festival taking place over Valentine’s Day for the ultimate romantic celebration – check out upcoming festivals for more fiesta inspiration.
How to get there: Moseley Park Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8DD
Get cosy with a couple sofa at the cinema
The cinema is often overlooked as a cliche date idea, but we think it’s timeless. From overcoming awkward silences to affording you the opportunity to indulge on the little extras, the cinema is one of the best dating activities. The Everyman cinema is an example of a perfect romantic venue, with sofas for two and side tables to enjoy a drink. It parades vintage Hollywood glamour, making your date fun and retro rather than dull and ordinary. There’s also a ridiculously good array of films being release throughout the year, so don’t miss out.
How to get there: 116 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF
Price: £13.95 (inc. booking fee) +
Sail the canal with a cruise for two
With over 313 canals in the city, a boat ride with your significant other is a charming way to spend the afternoon. You can either relax with a glass of bubbly or even navigate the lochs yourselves, but the Sherborne Wharf cruise options let you make the most of it. With choices of buffet lunches, themed cruises or refreshments and desserts, you can tailor your cruise to fit in with the rest of your plans.
How to get there: Sherborne Wharf Ltd Offices, Sherborne Street Birmingham, B16 8DE