Sunday 12 July 2020

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 of 16 of the best date nights in Gloucestershire.


About the sponsor – The Brewery Quarter


The Brewery Quarter is Cheltenham’s ultimate lifestyle shopping and entertainment venue, providing endless options for a special date night, a fun night out with friends, or a memorable weekend with family.

Entertainment options include Mr Mulligan’s Lost World Golf, the recently refurbished Cineworld with ViP and 4DX screens, Hollywood Bowl and The Play Farm.

Those looking to enjoy delicious food and drink will have plenty of choice too, with brands including The Botanist, Cosy Club, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Chiquito, Creams Café, and Son of Steak, with The Alchemist due to join The Brewery Quarter family in 2020.

For more information call (01242) 574378 or visit thebreweryquarter.com.


1. 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.


2. 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!


3. Be a Ninja at Ninja Warrior Adventure Park Gloucester


If you’re feeling competitive, take your date to Gloucester’s new Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park in Gloucester. Take on the daredevil course against the clock and find out which of you is the better Ninja Warrior!

With balance balls, monkey bars and wall-climbing obstacles, this is definitely a fun-filled date for those who don’t take themselves too seriously.


4. Take to the skies in a hot air balloon


Nothing says romance like a hot air balloon ride over the Cotswolds at sunset with the Ballooning Network taking to the skies from 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.


5. 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 appearing at the venue.


6. 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 a range of hospitality packages available for those wanting to make it an extra special occasion.


7. Relax with an evening 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.


8. 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.


9. Watch the sunset at a Gloucestershire beauty spot


With Gloucestershire home to some truly stunning walks (you can see our favourites in our beautiful walks hot list), why not take your other half to the top of Cleeve, Robinswood or Crickley hills, or even Painswick beacon for a leisurely stroll with incredible views, and perhaps take along a cheeky glass of fizz as your reward.


10. 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.

But if you’re more into waffles and crepes than traditional puds, there’s always Creams Café at The Brewery Quarter, serving up a range of sickly sweet toppings, cookie dough desserts, sundaes and delicious milkshakes.


11. Go wine tasting at Woodchester Valley Vineyard


Independent vineyard, Woodchester Valley is family owned and award-winning, offering wine tours and tastings from its home near to Stroud.

Located amongst rolling Cotswold hills, the views from Woodchester’s tasting room are almost as stunning as its flavourful wine selection. Why not make it an extra special occasion with an overnight stay in one of Woodchester’s well-equipped guest rooms?


12. 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.


13. 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 until 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.


14. Indulge with a tasting menu in Gloucestershire


Bag a covetable Saturday night table at one of Gloucestershire’s fantastic fine dining restaurants for the ultimate indulgence, and if you’re celebrating something special, why not book a tasting menu, sampling the very best that a restaurant has to offer.

SoGlos has rounded up 14 of our favourite tasting menus in the Cotswolds for foodies who’d love to try something new for their next date night.


15. See the sights from above on a helicopter flight

Do something extra special for your other half with a helicopter ride above Gloucestershire. Taking off from Staverton in Cheltenham, Adventure 001 take passengers on a six-mile flight around Gloucester and beyond. It makes a brilliant and unique date on a spectacular summer’s evening.


16. Laugh the evening away at a comedy night

Laugh yourselves silly at The Strand’s comedy club, which takes place on the last Thursday of the month. A great way to break the ice on a first date, grab a drink at the bar before having a right giggle at the show. Featuring up and coming comedians, the ‘Scallywags’ production at The Strand in Cheltenham is free of charge.


For more information, call (01242) 574378 or visit thebreweryquarter.com.

© SoGlos
Tuesday 07 January 2020

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