27 Date Ideas For The Lockdown Roadmap Limbo Period

The past year has certainly been an ‘interesting time for dating. Talk about #deathbyvideocall!

But as we look forward to spring and beyond, if the government’s lockdown roadmap goes according to plan, we’ll finally be able to get out and about and go on proper dates again – remember those?!

Here are some of the best date ideas that we could think of so that you can get back out there and fall in love!

On 29 March we entered a kind of limbo period, and where we’re allowed to go could be changing every five weeks. If everything goes according to plan, more and more venues and activities will reopen as time goes on.

However, it’s worth noting that ‘non-essential’ travel, or travelling outside your local area, could still be discouraged for a while – something to bear in mind if you and your date don’t live that close to one another.

So here are some ideas for planning dates while the lockdown roadmap unfolds!

**Check the gov.uk website for the latest information when arranging your date so you can make sure you’ll be within the rules, as reopening dates will change if the covid situation worsens. And please check with your chosen date destination that they’re open and whether there are any limitations on what they’re offering**

From 12th April

Some activities at outdoor venues will have reopened at the end of March, and this is the earliest that some ‘non-essential’ retail and indoor spaces will open. You can visit these venues in a group of up to six people, or with members of up to two households. So a date for two is fine ☺

  • Have a game of tennis
  • Play mini-golf or practice your swings at a driving range
  • Try waterskiing
  • Tackle an outdoor climbing wall
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Horse riding at a riding centre
  • See if Cupid’s arrow will find the target at Archery
  • Go Ape with a tree-top adventure at centres across the country
  • Pretend you’re on Bargain Hunt and visit some antique stores
  • Visit a market. We like the quirkier ones with unusual food stalls and handmade crafts
  • Get a piercing or a tattoo (we don’t recommend getting each other’s names, but hey, you do you – no judgement here!)
  • Channel your inner Strictly with a dance class
  • Meet in a pub or restaurant garden. Funny how something once so normal now seems such a treat! Our tip is to find
  • one that really makes a real feature of its garden or one that’s in a beautiful setting.
  • Take a trip to the zoo – bring a picnic if the weather’s fine.
  • Try and win your date an impractically large cuddly toy at the fair
  • Test your nerve (or try and look brave!) on some scary rides – outdoor theme parks like Alton Towers will be open again
  • If you don’t mind messing up your hair/makeup – and some potential Total Wipe Out-style humiliation – splash out on a date at an outdoor aqua park

From 17 May

Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions will reopen, and indoor areas of hospitality will open. As outdoors, table service will be required where applicable.

  • If your date has mentioned an artist or historic period they’re interested in, take them to a related museum or gallery
  • After all this time, we’ll be excited by cinema dates again (instead of thinking that they’re a lazy date idea!) and there should be a backlog of lots of new films to enjoy
  • Go and see a show – theatres will be open again
  • Show off your gaming skills at an amusement arcades or gaming centre
  • Eyes down for a game of bingo. If things go well, you could spend your winnings on the next date.
  • Teamwork makes the dreamwork – Escape Rooms will be back! But if your date is a success, perhaps you won’t want to escape?
  • Harry Potter fans rejoice – Harry Potter World will be open again!
  • Find Nemo at an indoor aquarium or Sea Life Centre
  • Horticulture fans can enjoy both indoor and outdoor features at botanical gardens, and biomes
  • Relive The Crown or Bridgerton with a date to a castle or stately home

From 21 June

It’s the date we’re all holding out hope for, when – if everything goes according to plan – all restrictions on activities/number etc will be lifted.

When this happens, the dating world is your oyster! But we’re particularly excited for London Film and Comic Con 2021 (23-25 July), and the hope that gigs and some UK festivals will go ahead.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed!

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