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When people think of dating, the money-conscious among them will think of expensive dinners, and angry letters from the bank of their choice. Still, free dating activities are plentiful if you're on a budget, whether you're flying kites, sitting in a park, or taking a walk with your date and your dog. Still, if you are willing to spend, why not get into the Downton spirit with a few of these blue-blooded date ideas?
Nothing screams class like the Sport of Kings, and if you aren't attracted to the hats and fascinators of Ascot, take your date to the lesser-known Newbury Racecourse for a day at the races. There aren't many other places on the Thatcham dating scene where the atmosphere is so electric!
2. Be pampered like an aristocrat at Donnington Valley Spa
Not one for a first date, those in a fledgling relationship should still put this on their list for later. A spa treatment is hugely soothing for both, and will leave the two of you in a happy, almost blissful mood. Expect to feel like gods by the end. Certainly a date to leave you both good memories.
Much in the same vein as Highclere, Basildon Park is a stately house with expansive grounds. Finish off your tour of house and gardens with a truly English tea and scones in Lady Iliffe's sitting room. Spring and summer will see the best flowers, and there are even outdoor theatre productions staged here on occasion, great for that real cultural feel.
So pack that hamper and stock up on Pimms, for a blue-blooded (and slightly ironic) romp through the world of Thatcham dating - one that will stun the Bullingdon Club and perhaps even end with an invasion of France.
In the meantime, while the French remain free, so do a lot of our Thatcham singles - so register with eHarmony and start dating in Thatcham today.
This is the life...
West Berkshire is a land of tiny villages and rolling hills, historically a place for the gentry, and now the ideal spot for those classy romances. Highclere Castle for example, where ITV's acclaimed Downton Abbey was filmed, provides the perfect spot for a romantic getaway, and it's only a short distance from Thatcham.
That said, in today's modern world, the lives of many Thatcham singles are hardly going to be those of the idle gentry of Downton, and in the era of 8 hour days, many working and professional singles find themselves at a disadvantage when it comes to meeting new people.
Enhance your love-life with the eHarmony dating website - where you're matched with local singles based on deep-down compatibility. It's designed to help you meet people that you could build a relationship with, but don't treat that as the end goal. Dating your matches is meant to be fun, so relax, take one step at a time, and enjoy yourself!