Top five first date ideas

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Whether you’ve been emailing one another for months, or you’re jumping in feet-first with an almost-stranger, going on a first date can be nerve-racking. One of the best ways to ensure a good experience is to plan a date which you are reasonably certain you will both enjoy. Why not use these top five first date ideas to help you enjoy a successful first date?

Take a cooking class
Cooking classes have become the new first date fad. You can find classes for all levels of ability in most cities these days, and cooking together can be a fun activity. It is also a good way to see how well you can work together as a team, so it might tell you more about your date than just sitting down to coffee together.

Become tourists for a day
Pretend the two of you are tourists in your own city, and visit one of the tourist hot spots you’ve never been to before. There’s a reason every visitor takes the time to go to the top of that tall building, or spends hours wandering around the new aquarium. Even if the date doesn’t work out, you’ll have tried something new.

Share a passion
It seems fair to assume that, if you’re going on a first date, you’re likely to have something in common. Why not undertake an activity based around a shared passion? You know you’ll both enjoy it. If you enjoy gardening, you might visit the botanical gardens, musicians could enjoy a free music concert, which are often held in church halls, or those with a love of literature might spend an evening at a book reading. 

Go dog walking
If the weather is nice, why not volunteer together as dog walkers for your local dog shelter? The shelter can always use the help, you’ll be doing a good deed for the day and dogs can provide a great focus for your conversation to move you from awkward strangers to people ready to spend hours talking together.

Stick with the classics
There’s a reason dinner and a movie is the classic first date. If you can plan to catch an early show, and go out for dinner afterwards, it allows you to meet up, undertake an activity with very little conversation, and then you can spend dinner discussing the movie you’ve just seen.

Top tip: If you’re nervous about meeting up, or you don’t feel you know your date very well and you’re not confident about your chemistry, put a time limit on your date. Let them know beforehand that you can only stay for an hour, and have a clear reason to leave – for example, you’re visiting a family member or have an appointment. This makes it easier to cut the date short if it’s not going well without seeming rude. If you really hit it off, you can always plan a second date, and you’ve left your beau wanting more.

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