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Unusual and Romantic Dates in Milton Keynes

The Buckinghamshire town of Milton Keynes may be within easy reach of the capital, but there are many attractions and activities to keep you busy without having to travel. 

Plan some unusual and romantic dates in Milton Keynes to woo your sweetheart. Lakeside picnic boxes, private pod dining, indoor snowboarding and vintage codebreaking are just some of the options to spice up that first meet. 

Unusual dates in Milton Keynes

Get your dating journey off to a positive start with some of these unusual date ideas…

National Museum of Computing

Opt for some geek-chic with a visit to the National Museum of Computing. Home to the world’s largest collection of working historic computers, you can see the early 1940s Turing-Welchman Bombe and Colossus, mid-century mainframes and learn more about the evolution of IT from its origins to our current digital age. And if you can’t make it in person, you can take a virtual 3D guided tour together from home. 

Opening times for the National Museum of Computing

Unusual dates in Milton Keynes

Bletchley Park

This fascinating attraction was once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers. Inside, you can explore the various machines used, learn about how the building came to take on this historic function, see who was involved and understand the huge impact its work had on the war’s outcome. This immersive experience is sure to give you plenty to talk about, making it ideal for a first date, where the conversation might otherwise not be as free-flowing.  

Find out more about Bletchley Park

Formula Fast Indoor Karting

If you’re feeling the need for speed, jump into one of these fast and furious karts. Race your date to unleash they’re wild side and celebrate your times afterwards with some bubbles. This is one of the biggest indoor circuits in the UK and the host venue for the British Rental Karting Championship.

Find out about Formula Fast Indoor Karting

Street Food Sessions at Middleton Pavilion

Street Food Sessions are happening at this venue throughout the spring and summer. In addition to vibrant food trucks dishing up Mexican and Asian delights, there’s a bar, DJ and music, with the option to picnic in your car or the nearby fields.

Check out the Street Food Sessions at Middleton Pavilion 

Picnic boxes at Lodge Lake

Created by a dam in 1981, this has long been a popular leisure spot. But did you know that as well as playing ping pong, or grabbing an ice cream, you can order a picnic box from the concessions, to tuck into together? Land a prime waterside spot and dine alfresco in the great outdoors.  

Discover the options at Lodge Lake

Date ideas in Milton Keynes

Online speed dating in Milton Keynes

Maybe you’d rather stay in than go out. Whether work commitments, restrictions or just shyness are keeping you indoors, know that you can still further your love life. Online speed dating puts you in control of your relationship possibilities, providing the chance to meet and mingle with other single people. Even though the introductions take place digitally, attendees will be from your local area. 

Attend a Milton Keynes singles event online 

Romantic dates in Milton Keynes

Want to win them over with some old-fashioned romance? Try these date ideas…

Oak pods at The Navigation Inn

Overlooking the canal, this 19th-century inn has oak pods for private dining beneath the stars. Found on Thrupp Wharf, its gardens boast willows and water views. Tuck into a wood-fired pizza, Mediterranean cuisine or a full three-course meal in your pod with its own integrated music system, ‘call for service’ button and heating controls. 

Book an oak pod at The Navigation Inn

Swan Cottage Flower Farm

Flowers have long been considered the stuff of romance. Rather than just take your date a bunch, surround them with blooms at this stunning flower farm. Here you can learn how to plant a bulb lasagna, grown herbaceous peonies and store dahlias. Or simply wander around and take in the intoxicating aromas. 

What’s on at Swan Cottage Flower Farm

MK Wine School

Like flowers, wine is a stalwart ingredient of the first date. Try not one, but many, with a tasting, or even sign up to a course together, along with some food matching. Premium gin tasting sessions are also available and you can even travel the world with 60 wines – perfect for when you’re unable to actually jet off abroad. The sessions are both informative and entertaining, ensuring you learn a little, but have plenty of fun at the same time. 

Course and workshops at MK Wine School


Those who are into more active dates needn’t skimp on the romance. Combine an adrenaline rush, with the magic of Narnia like surroundings, on a ski or snowboard trip to Snozone. This is England’s largest real snow indoor resort and offers lessons or freestyle sessions. As it gets busy with kids and family groups during the day, the weekend evening pass is best suited to those seeking a more adult-centred atmosphere. Replenish post slopes, with some après at The Alpine Kitchen. 

Get tickets to Snozone

The Galleon

Long summer evenings just cry out for drinks in a waterside beer garden. And this one, just outside of the main town centre, in old Wolverton, is especially charming. The traditional pub is perched right beside the River Ouse, making it a convenient stop-off after a stroll if your walking date is going well. 

Find The Galleon

Clary’s Bar and Grill

Found within the casino at Xscape, this grill restaurant has a glamorous ambience. If you want your date to feel like a scene from a Bond movie, order your drink shaken not stirred and follow up dinner with a flutter (and you might just find it’s your heart that’s fluttering soon too).

See the menu at Clary’s Bar and Grill

Has reading this got you in the mood for some unusual and romantic dates in Milton Keynes? Why not sign up and try speed dating? If you’re a capital commuter, you could also consider speed dating in London. Or nearby online speed dating in the city of Oxford.

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