Dating in Nottingham: 5 different ideas
1. Have a refined afternoon
Nottingham may not be your first choice for viewing exciting modern art, but it in fact houses one of the most exciting modern galleries in the UK today: the Nottingham Contemporary. Impress your date by taking him or her to one of the exhibitions housed in this stunning building, designed by architects Caruso St John (you can throw that fact in to wow them too!). Then, once you’ve had your fill of modern art, embrace Nottingham’s newly emerging afternoon tea culture and indulge in cake and tea – maybe even with a glass of champagne too! Try The Walk for a quirky take on tradition.
2. Go back in time
Ever wanted to just get away from it all and take a trip back to simpler times? Why not take your dates’ hand and get into your own virtual time machine (a little imagination needed). Firstly, head to Nottingham Castle, a 17th century mansion built on the site of the original castle rock. Here you’ll find all sorts to read and discover about the castle itself, and the city. And of course, if you believe the legend, you can imagine the castle in the time of Robin Hood too.
After you’re done at the castle, refresh yourselves at the nearby Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem pub, which claims to be ‘England’s Oldest Inn’. Built into the castle rock it’s very atmospheric, and you can even drink a pint of Nottingham brewed Castle Rock Bitter if it takes your fancy.
3. Enjoy some park life – See the deer and have a picnic
For a relaxing date, head out of the city centre towards Wollaton Park – 500 acres of beautiful parkland centred around an Elizabethan mansion. Make sure it’s a sunny day, pack a picnic and simply choose your spot. It’s a great opportunity to relax together and potentially to show off your taste in food if you’re the one planning the picnic. After you’ve eaten pack up your picnic basket and walk around the grounds – just watch out for the free roaming deer, and if it’s rutting season stay well clear!
4. Get your skates on – ice skate
Embrace your inner kid and visit Nottingham’s Ice Centre for one of their club skates, with music and disco lights. Just make sure you tell your date to wrap up warm! You could even round off your night with a trip to a burger bar for that genuine teenager date experience, but we’d recommend something a bit more grown-up. The Old Angel Inn nearby has over 40 kinds of burger on its menu so you’re spoilt for choice!
5. Go extreme!
Sometimes dinner and drinks just doesn’t cut it for a date. If you’re looking to surprise someone special (we wouldn’t recommend this for a first date), head to the National Water Sports Centre where you can engage in all sorts of thrill seeking activities; we’d especially recommended trying out wake boarding or white water rafting. Again, make sure your date is properly attired and briefed on the kind of activity it will be, but most of all, have fun!
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