There’s no shortage of cute date ideas in Bournemouth. Whether you’d rather be outside enjoying the sea air, partying the night away under the stars, playing games or feasting on some tasty fare, the trendy coastal town offers a wealth of appealing options.
Cute Date Ideas in Bournemouth
As one of the country’s top spots for beach breaks, the much-visited south coast resort is full of fun things to do and great places to go. Here are our suggestions for some cute dates in Bournemouth to suit all tastes and interests.
Cocktails overlooking the sea at Aruba
Boasting some of the most spectacular views in the region, Aruba has a commanding first storey waterside location. Seating is both indoor and outdoor, with comfy slouchy sofas for lounging as well as tables and chairs. Open day and night, it’s equally suitable for a leisurely coffee, or late night dinner looking out over the coast’s twinkling lights. Order all your favourite cocktails, as well as seasonal specials unique to Aruba. And if you fancy a lazy afternoon, make a date for one of their boozy Bottomless Sundays.
Mini Golf at Boscombe Chine Gardens
Would you like to unleash your competitive streak and get some fresh air? Challenge your love interest to a game of mini-golf in the charming backdrop of Boscombe Chine Gardens. Take on the 18 holes – just long enough to get to know your date and perfect your swing. There’s an adjacent kiosk for sustenance.
Dinner at Arbor Restaurant
Make your dinner date cute and fancy by booking a table at this eatery which features in the 2020 Michelin guide. Executive Chef Andy Hilton has earned the restaurant two AA rosettes, with his seasonal, sustainable and uncomplicated yet imaginative menus. It’s a child-free zone after 7 pm, creating the kind of grown-up ambience that’s ideal for a sophisticated night out. The indoor dining area has a quirky feature tree, or diners can eat al fresco at the centre of the venue’s magical eco-garden.
PierZip at Rock Reef
Have you ever wanted to fly? Now you can, at the first pier to shore zip wire in the world. And the 250-metre dual wires mean you can challenge your date to an over wave race. This is perfect for thrill-seekers – but do check the person you’re meeting is up for it before booking as not everyone’s an adrenaline junkie.
Winter wonderland at Picnic on the Piste
As autumn turns to winter, this gem of an outdoor cafe in Westover Gardens is transformed from the summery Picnic Park Deli to the apres ski-themed Picnic on the Piste. Sit among the ‘snow’ covered pine trees and twinkling lights as you both tuck into toasty grilled cheese, sublime home baking, indulgent hot chocolates and mulled wine. You can play ping pong too and there’s often live music from local emerging artists.
Online speed dating in Bournemouth
Who says you even have to leave the house to have a night ‘out’? Sign up for online speed dating in Bournemouth and you’ll have the opportunity to meet a range of suitable singles via your webcam. If you’re sick of swiping and typing, opt for some face to face chat in real-time. And when you get a match, you’ll have plenty of local date inspiration to explore!
Musical theatre tunes at Flirt Cafe Bar
If you like your live music kitsch, this is for you. Watch and listen to artists singing songs from the latest shows, while you sip on a milkshake – or something stronger. The inclusive independent venue is known for attracting superb West End and drag performers, as well as hosting a popular jazz quiz night, poetry and spoken word nights. The creative hub is also dog friendly, so you can see if your pooches hit it off too.
Littledown Miniature Railway
Stretching across a third of a mile in Littledown Park is this super cute miniature railway. Spot squirrels and rabbits as you travel through the wooded area on a train ride, hauled by any one of a variety of locomotives – powered by steam, electric or petrol. You can also view the very miniature garden railway.
A wander through Alum Chine Tropical Gardens
Escape the town centre traffic and keep your date super chilled with a walk through the stunning tropical gardens at Alum Chine. Begin at Westbourne and wander down the tree-lined paths to the stunning blue flag beach. The fairytale wooded glen has its origins in the 1920s and is always buzzing with wildlife, dog walkers and beachgoers taking the scenic route.
Breakfast at Norwegian Wood
If you love nostalgia and quirky cafes, this is the place to be. This Scandi themed coffee house is a place of homage to The Beatles and has a heritage spanning six decades. Timber-clad walls are adorned with pictures of the fab four, while all-day breakfasts, lunches and beverages are served to its loyal clientele. Meet for a full English or refreshing frappe – there are vegan, dairy-free and low sugar menu items available making it suitable for all diets.
Alfresco dancing at Eden
Escape to Eden and party late into the night, in this themed evergreen garden bar. Its terrace has a retractable roof, so revellers can party under the stars. A tropic meets rustic design, extensive drinks selection and great value happy hours make it a quirky and affordable place to enjoy each other’s company long after sunset. Book a booth if you want to get cosy.
Have these cute date ideas in Bournemouth whetted your appetite for some fun days and nights out? If you’re yet to find someone to take out, why not try speed dating in Bournemouth or nearby speed dating in Southampton. If you’d rather cast your net a little wider, book in for some online speed dating in the south.