When it comes to dating, the UK is a treasure trove of must-try eateries and fun-filled activity options - but if you’re working within a budget, there are still tons of romantic date ideas on the table that don’t have to cost the earth. Whether you’re adventure-lovers seeking your next adrenaline rush or prefer to find your very own slice of paradise right here in Britain, here are 5 particularly budget-friendly British date ideas - so you and your other half can save some cash without compromising on romance.
1. Homemade afternoon tea
A staple of British tradition, afternoon tea is a quaint way to spend some much-needed alone time with your other half - but depending on where you go, even the pot of tea itself can be expensive. Try impressing your other half from the comfort of your own home by whipping up a homemade afternoon tea spread. From indulging in decadent scones to experimenting with flavoured coffees, add a touch of romance to your afternoon and find the way to your loved one’s heart. This way, you can both indulge in your delicious homemade baking without being left with a pricey bill at the end!
2. Long beach walks
Britain is blessed with some of the world’s most picturesque coastlines, meaning you needn’t cross oceans to enjoy a barefoot stroll along a sandy beach.
From the elusive coves of Cornwall to Northumberland’s unspoilt coastal stretch, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to a seaside timeout for two. While we can’t guarantee tropical temperatures, there’s no reason why you and your significant other can’t make the most of this affordable date idea right here in the UK.
3. Cultural museum visits
From Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery to London’s Imperial War Museum, there are a huge number of free cultural hotspots scattered throughout Britain. If you’re a fan of art, a history lover or just fancy checking out the latest exhibitions, a visit to any of the UK’s museums won’t disappoint. Whether it’s the first date or the fifth, culture and romance go hand-in-hand - as well as offering a perfect opportunity for you to get to know each other a little better.
4. Picnics by sunset
The warmer weather might still be a while off but, with the sun setting earlier in the colder months, it’s the perfect excuse to wrap up warm and head outdoors.
Whether you’re finishing an evening stroll with a coffee in the park or watching as the sun sets over the city, make the most of your evenings by spending more time outside. For some time away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, nothing says romance like your very own private sunset viewing.
5. Countryside cycle routes
For couples who love any excuse to cram in a workout, a countryside cycle is the perfect way to get the blood pumping and explore all that Britain has to offer. Many of the UK’s major cities offer self-service cycling schemes - so, whether you have your own set of wheels or need to hire a bike, you and your date can ditch the car and enjoy a spot of exercise as you go.
If you’re looking for some romantic inspiration but don’t want to break the bank this year, try thinking outside the box when it comes to impressing your other half. In 2017, love doesn’t have to cost a thing!