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 wine tasting to fun-filled adventure courses.

By Zoe Gater  |  Published
Impress your special someone by planning a date night to remember in Gloucestershire.
Impress your special someone by planning a date night to remember in Gloucestershire.
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Ninja Warrior UK Gloucester offers plenty of obstacles with varying degrees of difficulty, that the whole family can get involved with - as well as providing a unique date opportunity for competitive couples during the site's adult-only sessions, too. Activities include climbing, balancing, swinging, jumping - and even a tricky warped wall!

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 parks and spa evenings to sushi making and wine tastings, there’s something for every couple to enjoy in SoGlos’s round up of 16 of the best date nights in Gloucestershire.

Be a Ninja at Ninja Warrior Adventure Park Gloucester

If you’re feeling competitive, take your date to Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park in Gloucester. Take on the daredevil course against the clock during the site's adults-only sessions, 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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

Relax with a couples spa session at Ellenborough Park

Retreat to the secluded setting of Ellenborough Park for a luxury Time Together spa experience with your loved one.

The package includes use of the spa facilities, encompassing a heated pool, a steam room, jacuzzi and sauna, and a relaxation room, along with a 55 minute treatment of your choice, a glass of bubbly and a box of chocolates.

Go sushi making at YO!

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.

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.

Indulge at The Pudding Club

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.

Solve a murder mystery at Dean Forest Railway

All aboard! Packed with adventure and intrigue, couples can experience a murder mystery on a steam train with Dean Forest Railway and try to crack the case.

Starting at Norchard Station near Lydney in the Forest of Dean at 6pm, guests will be introduced to the mystery before travelling on board the steam train, followed by a two-course meal served whilst they try and solve the exciting whodunnit.

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?

Test your agility at Far Peak climbing

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.

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.

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.

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.

Laugh the evening away at a comedy night

Laugh yourselves silly at Gloucester Brewery's comedy club - a great way to break the ice on a first date, grab a drink at the bar before having a right chuckle at the show. What's more, Mexican Corner will be offering a brilliant selection of tacos and burritos before each show and during the breaks between acts. 

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