Are you living in the south-west and stuck for dating inspiration?
From ice hockey to steam trains, high-class pre-prepared picnics and rainbow walks, this beautiful region boasts plenty of things to do and places to go. We hope you’ll like these great date ideas in Swindon and Wiltshire.
Date ideas in Swindon
Check out these super spots in the town centre of Swindon…
Moshan Island Grill
Tuck into delicacies like ackee and saltfish, shrimp curry, patties and jerk minted lamb steaks at this Caribbean grill in South Leaze. There’s also a large vegan and vegetarian menu, all of which can be taken away, or eaten at the venue. The Town Gardens are close by if you fancy eating your takeout al fresco – just bring a blanket and some bubbly to enjoy along with your food.
This painted stairway to the Theatre Square was installed by Swindon and Wiltshire Pride and friends. The rainbow-painted stairs just off Princes Street are very central and the walk is short, so if you’re just seeking a meet point or the briefest of strolls, this one’s for you. And the cheery, unique staircase is sure to brighten up your day.
Baila Coffee and Vinyl
This bar and coffee shop in the Old Town transforms after dark, into a cool spot with DJs at the weekends. Drink fresh coffee by day and cocktails by night and enjoy a bite like tacos, charcuterie boards and sauce smothered wings. Baila Coffee and Vinyl’s striking all-black exterior stands out on the street, making it a great first meeting place – you certainly won’t miss or struggle to find it.
This moodily lit bar on Victoria Road just exudes elegant refinement. The extensive list of classic and couture handcrafted cocktails are created by the smart mixologists. Sample fruity house delights such as the Strawberry Seniorita, Coconut Rum Smash and Electric Lemonade.
The Swindon Wildcats ice hockey
Cheer on your local team, by watching a sport that’s a little bit different. They’re based at the Link Centre in West Swindon and play home games here. Fixtures can also be live-streamed at home, so you can watch together over a video link, or in person at the stadium.
Sick of the same old food? If you’ve eaten in every Italian, Chinese, Thai and American restaurant in town, try Lebanese. Owner and Head Chef, Michael set up the venue over three decades ago and has built a loyal following, with his exotic and flavourful dishes like fattoush, soujouk, arayes, lahem meshwi and seafood platters. The sleek, sensual and contemporary interior makes for a sophisticated date night.
Date ideas in Wiltshire
Next up, let’s take a look at some places and activities a little further afield…
Cricklade House and Spa
With the stunning Cotswolds on your doorstep, it makes sense to take advantage of this epic countryside. At Cricklade House and Spa, you can take high tea on the terrace. Or order a pre-prepared picnic hamper to enjoy in the 30 acres of secluded grounds surrounded by 40,000 flowering bulbs. The tranquil surrounding land on the Victorian mansion house’s doorstep offers post picnic walking opportunities. A Cricklade House picnic is the ideal way to create a classy, yet laid back ambience for your date.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
If you’ve ever seen the movie Brief Encounter, you’ll understand how romantic a setting a steam railway can be. The attraction has been recognised with a Trip Advisor Travellers’ choice award and comprises several museums, as well as providing vintage train experiences. And if you don’t fancy riding the rails, you can simply watch the trains go by as you grab a coffee and a snack at the venue’s outdoor seating area.
Online speed dating in Swindon and Wiltshire
If you’d like to meet people from the Swindon and wider Wiltshire area, there’s a very easy and effective way to do it. Online speed dating gives you the opportunity to chat and get to know other singles, via your internet-enabled device. All you have to do is book your place, and log on at the right time. Your host will guide you through the process. So if your 2021 social diary feels a little empty (and whose doesn’t right now), sign up today.
The Royal Oak
Found in the Wiltshire village of Swallowcliffe, this quaint and traditional 18th-century pub comes with chic interiors – thick beams and stone fireplaces meld with a la mode locally designed wooden furniture. The building itself was once the site of a tannery works and the exterior has remained unchanged for 300 years. A longstanding hub of village life, the award-winning pub serves high-quality cuisine and has a large rustic garden for outdoor drink dates.
Basset Down Golf Course & Driving Range
Pay and play at Wiltshire’s largest 18 hole football golf course, or the venue’s 9 Hole Crazy Footgolf Course. The undercover floodlit driving range is the solution for a rainy day-active date, that’ll keep you both entertained. A little healthy competition is sure to set your relationship off to a lively start!
With a Palladian House, church, lake walled gardens and a number of picturesque walks, this is a magical (and free) day date option. You can bring a BBQ, visit the Coach House Tea Rooms and pay to wander through the Grade I listed stately home, learning of its rich heritage as you pass through. The estate covers 260 acres of parkland with plenty to keep you occupied for many hours.