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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.