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Unusual Date Ideas in Southampton, Hampshire

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Are you seeking some unusual date ideas in Southampton, Hampshire? The city boasts an enviable waterside location, a wide array of bars and restaurants and some innovative activities. Whatever your budget, we have some inspiration to suit your needs.

Bring and Mix Southampton

Fancy a bar date with a difference? Try this new concept in drinking. Unlike standard pubs, you’ll pay an entry fee to the slick 1920s themed establishment. Bring a bottle or two of spirits – the idea is to emulate the sneak and sip of the prohibition era – and the mixologists will create an exciting bespoke cocktail just for you. All mixers are included in the entry price with plenty of exotic and homemade combinations on offer. Those who prefer not to drink can arrive empty-handed and still enjoy some fabulous mocktails. This is a super vintage date night providing an escapist step back in time – it’s simple, yet very sophisticated and offers a talking point for you both. 

Reserve a table at Bring & Mix 


This eatery is a comic book take on good old fashioned British grub, Piecaramba is an uber-fun setting for a relaxed lunch or early evening meal. It offers on-trend, cartoon geek-chic decor, a good value menu (including gluten-free, veggie and vegan options) and attractively presented dishes. Take the Piescraper eating challenge if you’re game and have a generous appetite. 

Check out the menu at Piecaramba!


Known as one of the top places in the south for spotting up and coming and established music acts, the 1865 club offers a great night out. In addition, to live bands, DJs, jazz and cabaret, there’s a regular programme of stand-up comedy. Dress up and enjoy a night on the town while checking out some fantastic local talent together.

See what’s on at 1865

Speed dating in Southampton 

Speed Dating in Hampshire

Perhaps you’ve not yet found someone to take out on a date in Southampton. With a population of over 900,000, there’s no shortage of potential. But actually meeting the right person can be tricky. We have the perfect solution in the form of our highly-rated speed dating events, taking place several times a month in the city. Come along and kickstart your love life in Hampshire. 

Sign up for Slow Dating in Southampton

SeaCity Museum

Get to know this maritime city (and each other) a little better through this interactive museum experience. Follow the Titanic trail and learn about those who made their living via this historic port city. A museum is a low-pressure date idea, ideal for a very first meeting or rainy day activity. It provides plenty of discussion points, is a busy public place in the city centre and is suitable for a zero effort daytime Rendez-vous. 

Visit the SeaCity Museum

Solent Sky Musem 

If you more into the air than the sea, pay a visit to the Solent Sky Museum. This is perfect for those who enjoy a more intellectually based rather than overtly romantic daytime date experience. Hampshire was at the forefront of aviation development and research in the early to mid 20th century and this museum tells its fascinating story, including the birth of the spitfire. 

View Solent Sky’s opening times and tickets


Those who have the cash can flaunt it with this upscale day out. Duck-2-Water offers luxury yacht charters led by experienced RYA qualified skippers. Take to the Solent in style on a high-end powerboat, sleek superyacht, or adrenaline-pumping RIB ride. Your voyage begins at Ocean Village and can be tailored to fit your fancy – and schedule. Explore the River Hamble, further afield to the Needles, or even across to land in Cowes on the Isle of Wight for a harbour lunch. You’ll both have a chance at the wheel and can become better acquainted with one other in the most impressive of surroundings.

How to charter a yacht with Duck-to-Water

Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

If you don’t have the budget for a luxe voyage, you can still get on the water with the next of our unusual date ideas in Southampton. Head to Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre on the banks of the River Itchen and get into some water-based sports. Choose between a socially distanced individual kayak option, or get up close in a canoe. Experienced paddlers can opt for a more challenging estuary experience, while newbies may prefer to stick to the centre’s beautiful lake, taking a leisurely and super-safe meander through Riverside Park. Not only will you have lots of fun, but you can also work out those biceps with some oar action. Add on a post paddle waterside picnic to make a delightful day of it. 

Hire prices at Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

Hythe Pier Railway

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Journey just a little way from the city centre to board the world’s oldest electric pier train. You can ride the pier’s 640 metres length on this Guinness World Record Holding vehicle, or just take a look at it in action. The pier is a delightful spot for an amble and completely free if you decide not to take a ferry or train trip. 

Find out the train time and prices for Hythe Pier Railway

‘a space’ arts

Local residents will already be familiar with the mainstream art galleries Southampton City Art Gallery and the John Hansard Gallery. If you’re a culture buff wanting to get off the beaten track, take a look at the grassroots ‘a space’ on Tower Quay Road. This bijou enterprise has seasonal exhibitions that offer something a little less ordinary, showcasing up and coming emergent artists. K6 Gallery is another small scale one to check out if you or your date is an art lover.

Upcoming exhibitions at a space arts

Are you excited to try these unusual date ideas in Southampton, Hampshire? Do you need a little help to meet suitable singles? Join us for speed dating in Southampton. If you live along the south coast, why not sign up for speed dating in Bournemouth? Or if you’re based a little inland from Southampton, you might like to try speed dating in Winchester.  As these three locations are so close to one another, with easy access routes, it may be worth booking for all three, to further increase your chances of finding somebody just right. 


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