Sunday 21 April 2019

23 summer date ideas in Gloucestershire

With warmer weather just around the corner, SoGlos has rounded up 23 summer date ideas in Gloucestershire. So, whether you're looking for a dreamy date idea or need to drop the hints to your other half, check out this hot list.

Forget the classic dinner date and plan the perfect summer date activity with SoGlos’s selection of 23 ideas.

From cinema under the stars to segwaying around the forest, enjoy a glorious Gloucestershire summer with these date ideas you’ll want to try.


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1. Watch a movie with Alfreso Film Company


Cosy up together under the stars with an outdoor screening of your favourite flick. With classic rom coms and modern blockbusters, treat your other half to VIP seats, grab a blanket and get ready for an atmospheric evening to remember.


2. Head to the driving range


Who says dates can’t be competitive? Show your partner who’s boss with a session at Brickhampton Court Golf Complex driving range. With options of 35 to 100 balls to whack across the range, this date idea is great whatever the weather as the tee area is covered.


3. Watch the sunset at Cleeve Hill


Sometimes the simplest things are the best. Pack a picnic and a bottle of bubbly and head to Cleeve Hill just in time to watch the sun set over Gloucestershire. Offering wrap around views and a beautifully romantic spot for star gazing, Cleeve Hill is great for a good old catch up or those getting to know you dates.


4. Hire a canoe on the River Wye


Swap date night for a date day with canoeing along the picture-perfect River Wye. Taking a trip with Canoe the Wye couples will meet in Symonds Yat and are driven upstream before setting off in their canoes – with plenty of opportunities to dock up at a pub or two along the way.


5. Go for ice cream


Nothing says summer more than a good old ice cream and with Gloucestershire boasting some pretty impressive gelato, there’s plenty to choose from. For homemade gelato head to Wholly Gelato near Elmore, local ice cream company Winstones are up on Stroud’s Rodborough Common, or if you want a tasty sharing treat, head to Creams Café in Cheltenham.


6. Row a boat on Pittville Lake

Head out for an old school date and row across the lovely lake in Pittville Park with your beau. With boats available for half or full hour slots, couples can mirror The Notebook with a romantic row across the lake on a warm summer’s day.


7. Go for an alfresco dinner


Gloucestershire is brimming with beautiful alfresco dining options. From the gorgeous The Frogmill to the stunning Egypt Mill, take your pick from one of Gloucestershire's glorious beer gardens and treat your other half to a delicious dinner as the sun goes down.


8. Visit the confetti fields


It doesn’t get much more picture perfect than the confetti fields just across the border in Pershore. Only open for around 10 days during the summer, The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co. is a dreamy backdrop for a romantic snap or too. And if it's floral fields you're after, the beautiful Cotswold Lavender in Broadway is also worth of a visit.


9. Try out the giant inflatable at Cotswold Water Park


Thrill seeking couples can bring out their competitive side with the AquaVenture floating obstacle course at Cotswold Water Park. Grab a life jacket and race your partner across the course, trying your best not to end up in the lake.


10. Go on a boozy beverage tour


Drink the date away with a boozy beverage tour at one of Gloucestershire’s gorgeous vineyards including Woodchester Valley Vineyard or one of the leading cideries such as Dunkertons Organic Cider. With tours including the chance to learn about the fermenting process as well as the all-important tasting, why not pick up a few bottles to enjoy later too.


11. Listen to an alfresco concert

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a gig outside and the perfect date for music lovers. Take your pick from Forest Live acts at Westonbirt Arboretum, popstars at Gloucester Rugby, and a party like no other at Sudeley Castle.


12. Hire bikes in the Forest of Dean

Active couples looking for a great summer date can head to Cannop Cycle Centre in the Forest of Dean to hire bikes from Pedal a Bike Away. Pedal along the gentle family trail, pack a picnic or stop for an ice cream at nearby Cannop Ponds for a picturesque date under a canopy of trees.


13. Go fruit picking

For the perfect summertime date, head to one of Gloucestershire’s best fruit picking spots and fill your punnet with fresh strawberries and raspberries. Go the extra mile and pack some fruit scones and fresh cream to make the perfect sweet treat for your date.


14. Enjoy some outdoor theatre

Returning to Bacon Theatre’s Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham Open-Air Theatre Festival is a must visit for an intimate theatre experience with your other half. Settle down with a picnic and see classics including Much Ado About Nothing, Wuthering Heights and Sense and Sensibility.


15. Go glamping


Pack a bag and forget about the hassle of a tent with a romantic glamping trip this summer. Cosy up by the fire and toast some marshmallows and share an unforgettable night under the stars.


16. Have a dip at Sandford Parks Lido


When the weather is really hotting up, head to Sandford Parks Lido for a day of sunbathing, ice cream and alfresco swimming. Featuring its original features, Sandford Parks Lido makes for a nostalgic date and gives a perfect excuse to relax in the sun.


17. Aim for a hole-in-one


Bring out your competitive side and aim for a hole-in-one at Krazy Golf Lydney. Perfect for a fun date, keep scores with your other half and the loser can pay for dinner that night.


18. Enjoy the opera


Impress your date with a trip to the stunning Longborough Festival Opera where you can see world-renowned opera singers in the breathtaking setting of the rolling Cotswold countryside.


19. Test your balance with stand-up paddle boarding


See who has the most skill when it comes to water sports with a stand-up paddle boarding session in Gloucestershire. Take your pick from the historic Gloucester Docks or the scenic Cotswold Water Park. Test your balance and try not to end up in the water.


20. Go star gazing at Painswick Beacon


For wrap around views of the Cotswold countryside and a romantic date venue to wow your other half, head up Painswick Beacon for an evening of star gazing. Bring a bottle of champagne or a flask of rich hot chocolate and take in the starry sky above you.


21. Ride a Segway around the forest


Take a scenic ride through the forest with a Segway adventure at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean. The perfect adventure if your date doesn’t like heights, you’ll segway your way around the beautiful Mallards Pike lake – and there’s a café to grab a bite to eat after.


22. Go tubing


Race down the slope at Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre . Thrill seeking couples are bound to have an incredible time slipping and sliding down the slope. And if it’s skiing you fancy instead, the centre offers plenty of skis to hire.


23. Head to a food festival



Tuck into some incredible foodie delights at one of the county’s many food festivals. From Tewkesbury Food Festival, Cheltenham Food Festival or even a local food market, head off on a hunt with your other half to see who can bag the tastiest treat.


For more information, visit alfrescofilm.co.uk directly.


By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Thursday 11 April 2019

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