Surrounded by the picturesque English countryside, Guildford is a super commuter town with lots of eligible single professionals. London may be just a train ride away, but there’s so much to see and do in the area, with plenty of scope for that first meeting and some fun dates in Guildford.
Where can I go on a date in Surrey?
Depending on your tastes, the time of year and the weather, you may prefer an indoor or outdoor, country or town, date. Here are some of the fun dates in Guildford that are sure to help you get off to a great start.
1. Surrey Wine School
Bonding over a bottle of wine is pretty standard for dating. But if you’re both into your vino, why not make it a little more interesting and educational? Book an evening session, cheese and wine night, cookery workshop, or full-day event with lunch. And if you’re sure your relationship is going places, you might like to sign up to a four-week course.
Not only will you increase your knowledge of grapes, but you’ll also increase your knowledge of each other.
2. The Tea Terrace
Afternoon tea is always a winner, but for the ultimate fairy tale setting, you can take it in an individual golden carriage – Cinderella-style. It’s a magical surprise date setting for any wannabe Disney princesses or princes.
Tuck into delicate sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and mini dessert served on a three-tier stand. There are 17 varieties of tea from which to choose, or you can make it extra special with some bubbles.
3. Dapdune Wharf
A low-cost date for a balmy day, this National Trust visitor centre is an idyllic spot. There are many trails to be explored alongside the historic waterway. Here you can hop on an electric boat that offers an hourly service into the town centre and back, as volunteer guides regale passengers with stories of the area.
If you prefer your dates silly and energetic, this is the ideal solution for the young at heart. Trampoline parks have popped up all over the country and they’re not just for kids (although they are full of them during the day). Opt for a late evening slot to avoid the tots and bounce your way to a great first meeting. It won’t be easy to chat in-depth while doing this cardio workout, which means it takes the heat off the conversation. Instead, build a connection through giggles and playfulness – then stick around for a coffee in the cafe.
5. Wild Wood Adventure
Feel the fear and do it anyway. Dive into an adrenaline fulled date with some high octane fun at Wild Wood, a purpose-built park right in the town. Cross rope bridges and tight ropes, zipline your way from tree to tree, scramble up and around obstacles and experience a heart in mouth drop.
This is sure to help you see what your date is made of, as you spend a day with the wind in your hair high above the ground. Forget the fancy shoes and salon-fresh haircut though. This one is for the adventurous outdoorsy types who are more at home in shorts and trainers, than heels and brogues.
6. The Red Lion Inn
Surrey does pubs very well and this one is a case in point. In winter you can cosy up beside a roaring log fire – and bring your dogs along too if you’re pet lovers. While in summer the huge outdoor terrace is a convivial place for drinks long into the evening, as you watch a local game of cricket on the adjacent Shamley Green. If the night goes well and you decide to stay beyond a couple of drinks, fancy pub grub is served with a cracking roast on Sundays.
7. Online speed dating in Guildford
After a long day at work and a hefty commute, you might not feel like leaving the house. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Take part in online speed dating and you can meet new people without having to go anywhere. It’s all virtual, so while you’ll need to look presentable on screen, you can rock your pyjama bottoms and slippers (and no one will ever know!).
A meal in a cute little Italian restaurant is the stuff of traditional romance and as it’s right in the centre, it’s a handy stop off after work or post drinks. This eatery is consistently highly reviewed and offers plenty of Latin charm. The huge menu has all your favourites at affordable prices, with friendly service and an excellent wine list.
9. Movies at Yvonne Arnaud
Instead of watching a film at the multiplex, go to the theatre. In addition to the programme of live shows, you can catch all the big-screen releases and some movie classics here. It’s a much more elegant experience and boasts a pretty riverside setting. You can eat and drink on-site too – the restaurant has big picture windows with lovely views.
10. Surrey Hills Llamas
Escape to the country for a date that brings you closer to nature and gets you fit. Take a trek with these wonderful, calming creatures. You’ll get to know each other a little better (your date – and your four-legged friend!). Starting from the Merry Harriers you can book a package that includes a champagne picnic and hearty pub meal. Or even an overnight stay. Your walk will take you through the rolling scenery of the stunning Surrey hills. Expect plenty of laughs along the way.
If you’re looking to meet someone for some more fun dates in Guildford and the Surrey area, why not try speed dating in Guildford? Or cast your net further afield, and take a look at speed dating events in the capital and online speed dating in Basingstoke.