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Go for a walk along beach, river or in a park
A walk along a river, in park or along beach gives you things to see, time to talk and can be as short or as long as you like. Just make sure you are well prepared clothing wise beforehand – no one wants to spend time with someone who is frightened about getting their clothes dirty or is wearing their ‘best’ shoes while walking along a riverbank and whinging about it!
Do an activity together .. Try doing an activity together such as bowling, bingo, even a sailing lesson - whatever else takes your fancy! However, biggest rule - dut don’t do something that is your passion. For example, if you are on bowling team and you take your date to bowling alley, they’ll feel embarrassed that they aren’t as good as you.
Also, if it is a place you regularly frequent – avoid it! While it is nice that everyone knows you, it can be a bit off putting for your partner if you are talking to acquaintances and your date is standing in background. They may also feel like a bit of a ‘trophy’ date, like they have been brought along merely to be shown off!
Laugh yourselves silly Go to your local comedy club and laugh yourselves silly. Comedy clubs have nice, relaxed atmospheres and you can always have a chat at bar during break.
Visit funfair or a zoo A great place for first dates, there is always so much to do and so many laughs, that you’ll enjoy yourselves even if you don’t actually like your date much!
So that’s it, ideas for your first date covered. All you need to do now is relax, show a genuine interest in your partner, keep topics light (no one wants to hear how your met your ex on a prison bus or how he/she called you a ’manic’) and have a good time!
Then – if you want it – you’ll be planning your second date!
Chantelle Ashby is online editor at UK Dating Online. An experienced dater of 16 years she has finally found true love and is happily married with a menagerie if animals.