Thursday 23 November 2017


16 of the best date nights in Gloucestershire

If you're looking to impress someone special, feast your eyes on SoGlos's pick of the best date nights in Gloucestershire, featuring everything from gin tasting to fun-filled adventure golf.

Whether you’re planning a first date to remember or an evening out with your other half, there are plenty of exciting ideas for date nights in Gloucestershire that won’t fail to impress.

From adventure golf and spa evenings, to movie nights and gin tastings, there’s something for every couple to enjoy in SoGlos’s round up, sponsored by new Cheltenham attraction, Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf.

For more information, see mrmulligan.com directly.


1. Tee off at Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf


Mr Mulligan's Lost World Golf makes the perfect choice for couples who want a date that combines a bit of light-hearted fun with a dose of competitiveness.

The adventure golf attraction, which opened at The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham in October 2017, tests your skills as you navigate your way through the 18 holes that delve into a land where the jungle meets the ocean.

Celebrate completing the course with a post-game drink and dinner in the on-site restaurant, or treat your date to an ice-cream that you can enjoy on a romantic stroll home!


2. Catch a gig at Gloucester Guildhall


Relive your teenage years by taking your date to a gig at Gloucester Guildhall, one of the county’s top entertainment venues, which attracts a diverse line-up of acts that span a range of musical genres.

Artists to have graced the stage include indie band Turin Brakes, Bastille, George Ezra, and Mallory Knox, while it also showcases up-and-coming bands and local acts. And if music isn’t your thing, Gloucester Guildhall is great for comedy, with stand-up comedians regularly taking to the stage.


3. Jump around at Airborne Trampoline Park

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Fancy a date with a difference? Head to Cheltenham’s Airborne Trampoline Park and prepare to enjoy a giggle as you bounce to your heart’s content. The activity centre has 35 trampolines that you can practice your moves on and impress your date with some tricks if you dare!

If you’re up for a bit of competition, battle it out on the Ninja Run and find out who has the skills to jump, balance, climb and swing around the obstacle course the quickest.


4. Sample gin on a tour of Sibling Distillery


Learn more about the gin-making process by taking your date on a tour of Cheltenham’s Sibling Distillery. The family-run business invites gin lovers to enjoy a two-hour tour and tasting at its HQ in Charlton Kings.

After the distillery tour, participants will test their new-found knowledge on a gin pub quiz, before watching cocktail demonstrations and sampling a G&T. There’s also the chance to stock up on a bottle of the award-winning juniper-based spirit in the on-site shop so you can recreate cocktails at home.


5. Cosy up at The Clarence Social’s movie nights


The monthly movie nights at Cheltneham bar and restaurant, The Clarence Social, are perfect for a trendy twist on the classic cinema date.

Held in the cosy hidden basement bar, Croft & Jones Trading Co, the evenings include screenings of films such as Jurassic Park and Little Miss Sunshine, with tickets including a burger and a cocktail.


6. Indulge with a tasting menu at Prithvi


Bagging a covetable Saturday night table at Cheltenham’s Prithvi will certainly win you brownie points for organisation and effort! And if you want to impress even more, opt to have the five-course Prithvi Tour tasting menu at the award-winning fine dining Indian restaurant.

There’s also the option to add a flight of wines to accompany each course, while those who prefer to choose their own dishes can find plenty of tempting dishes on the enticing à la carte menu.


7. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon


Nothing says romance like a sunset hot air balloon ride over the Cotswolds, with the Ballooning Network taking to the skies from Westonbirt Arboretum and Gloucestershire Airport.

For a truly special date or surprise birthday, arrange to have an exclusive Champagne flight for two, which offers the chance to soak up stunning landscapes from a truly impressive vantage point.


8. Cheer on the Cherry and Whites


Wrap up warm and head to Kingsholm to see the Gloucester Rugby boys in action, offering an exciting date for sports mad couples who can join in with the electric atmosphere that the stadium is known for.

Games take place from September to April, with full schedules for the 2017/2018 season in our home matches guide.


9. Relax with a twilight spa session at Cowley Manor

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Retreat to the secluded setting of Cowley Manor Hotel's C-Side Spa for a luxury Twilight Spa experience with your loved one.

The package is available Monday to Thursday from 5pm and includes use of the spa facilities, encompassing indoor and outdoor pools, a steam room and sauna, and a relaxation area, along with a treatment of your choice and a two-course dinner.


10. Go sushi making at YO!

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Fans of Japanese food will love the idea of a date that involves a sushi masterclass, with Cheltenham’s YO! Sushi offering the chance to make seven different types of sushi guided by the restaurant’s expert chefs.

During the Sushi School sessions, participants will learn about cutting the freshest fish, and can either eat everything on the night or take it home to enjoy later.


11. Watch the sunset at Devil’s Chimney

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For a date that doesn’t cost a penny, walk up Leckhampton Hill to watch the sunset from Devil’s Chimney. During the summer months, pack a picnic and enjoy an alfresco feast from the vantage point that takes in beautiful vistas.

If you’re planning a winter walk, wrap up in cosy layers and take up a flask of hot chocolate to keep you warm as soak up the final hours of daylight. Crickley Hill and Cleeve Hill are also perfect spots for sunset walks, and you can take along four-legged friends too!


12. Take a dip at the Lido


From April to October you can make a splash at Sandford Parks Lido, a heated 50-metre outdoor pool that’s open till 7.30pm, making it ideal for an evening dip with your special someone.

The Cheltenham attraction also has a sauna where you can warm up after cruising up and down the lanes, while its manicured lawns are perfect for enjoying a picnic on warm summer nights.


13. Indulge at The Pudding Club

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If you’re searching for date ideas for someone with a sweet tooth then you’ll definitely want to check out The Pudding Club, held every Friday at Three Ways House Hotel in Mickleton near Chipping Campden.

Following a modest main course, prepare to indulge as diners are invited to tuck into seven traditional puddings, including favourites such as sticky toffee and date, which are served with lashings of custard.


14. Go wine tasting at The Grape Escape


Independent Cheltenham wine bar and merchant, The Grape Escape offers the perfect setting for wine lovers to enjoy a date night over a glass or two of the 300 plus varieties on offer.

In addition to running themed tastings throughout the month, discerning drinkers can savour wine flights, while there’s also the option to indulge in a cheese and charcuterie platter from The CheeseWorks along with your tipple.


15. Test your agility at Far Peak climbing

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Think outside the box and get active on a date night at Far Peak climbing in Northleach, which caters for beginners and seasoned climbers alike.

Impress your date with your bravery by taking on The Tower, the highest artificial climbing tower in Gloucester which stands at 15 metres high, while there’s also the chance to go to floodlit evening sessions during the winter months.


16. Hit the lanes at Hollywood Bowl


Channel your inner teenager by organising a date night at Cheltenham’s Hollywood Bowl. Along with trying to impress by getting as many strikes as possible, there are arcade amusements and fun games that add to the nostalgic date experience!

If you want to make a night of it, you can enjoy drinks in the bar or go retro and sip on a milkshake and tuck into American-style food for the ultimate finale to a kitsch date.


By Anna Marshall

© SoGlos
Thursday 19 October 2017

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