Are you Oxfordshire based and seeking the perfect date activity?
If you’re wondering – where can I go on a date in Oxford, keep reading. We have the lowdown on the historic and beautiful city’s best spots for everything from a very first meet, to a romantic anniversary night out.
Date activities in Oxford
Whether you’d like something sophisticated, quirky, active or cute, here are some top ideas for your date in Oxford.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery
Learn how this award-winning vodka, gin and rye whiskey is distilled with a behind the scenes tour. This is the only distillery in the world to use populations of ancient heritage grains to produce spirits. The result is not only extra flavoursome, but eco-friendly. Take the hour-long tour together as a first date. Not only will it give you something to chat about afterwards, but you’ll get tasters of vodka, three craft gins and the Oxford Artisan’s Pure Rye Spirit.
Meeting for a coffee is standard fare when it comes to first dates. It may not be the most diverse or exciting choice, but it’s relaxed and low pressure. Swap your coffee meet for fika (a Swedish word meaning ‘to take time out of your day, slow down and enjoy coffee and a little something to eat whilst catching up with a friend’), at this trendy Scandi cafe. The buns and princess cakes are a super popular accompaniment to hot beverages. And there’s a brunch and lunch menu for dates going on a little longer than a quick cuppa
The Headington Shark
Looking for something low key and a little bit quirky? Drop by this 25-foot-long fibreglass shark. The art piece was commissioned by journalist Bill Heine for his semi-detached home – now an Airbnb – and made by sculptor John Buckley in 1986. While it raised some eyebrows at first, it’s become a much-loved point of interest. And where better to say you first met, than beside an enormous fake shark?
Online speed dating in Oxford
Date from home, with our online speed dating events. Just because you’re stuck in the house doesn’t mean you have to miss out on meeting new people and finding a mate. All you’ll need is a smart device equipped with a webcam.
Le Manoir Aux Quat’Sainsons
For a super classy date night, you can’t go wrong with fine dining. Raymond Blanc’s own eatery Le Manoir Aux Quat’Sainsons has been in business for nearly four decades. It received two Michelin stars soon after its inception and still retains them to this day. Choose between a six-course weekend lunch, five-course lunch and seven-course dinner. It is a pricier date night option, but one that’s sure to impress the lucky guy or girl you take along.
High Fly Trapeze
Make the earth move for your date, by taking to the skies with High Fly Trapeze. You can either join a larger class or book a private session for an unforgettable day out together. And it’s not reserved for the super fit – you only need to be strong enough to support your weight on a bar for 10 seconds. The team have been teaching for over 20 years, so you’re in safe hands.
The Gyrocopter Experience
No doubt you’re wondering – what on earth is a gyrocopter? Well, it’s somewhere between a helicopter and aeroplane, but it can float like a parachute. One thing’s for sure, you won’t have experienced anything like it. And the uniqueness of this experience is what makes it so great as a truly memorable date. You’ll go up one at a time, giving you the chance to photograph one another in the area and share your stories afterwards. And you’ll have something fairly rare in common – you’ll have both flown in a gyrocopter.
The city has no shortage of hallowed halls and pubs brimming with heritage. But what if you want something uber-modern for a funky night out? Head to House, a bar often featured in glossies like Elle and Vogue. There are a games room and exclusive terrace with Philippe Starck sofas and an extensive cocktail menu. Tables can be booked in advance, to ensure you’re not left hanging and everything goes smoothly.
If you bonded with your date over a shared love of music, arrange a night out at The Jericho tavern. Famed as the venue where Radiohead performed their very first gig and a regular haunt for alternative ’90s bands (Supergrass were signed to a label shortly after performing here). The boho pub blends tradition with contemporary style and even has its own lending library, as well as a spacious beer garden.
The charming river Thames meanders across the south-east of England, making its way to Oxfordshire, where it stands as the beating heart of Oxford. This setting provides a range of romantic and affordable date options – such as riverside strolls, punts and boat trips. Take your pick of these date ideas, followed by a superb meal at Cherwell Boathouse. Head chef Paul Bell serves locally sourced produce and there’s a bijou rustic tea hut for snacks and ice creams. There are also 80 punts on-site for diners who fancy messing around on the river.
Has this whetted your appetite for fun with someone you fancy? If you’re yet to meet the person who’ll make your heart flutter, why not try our next speed dating event in Oxford? Or if you’d prefer to open up your search to a wider area, you can book south online speed dating. And those a little further north might like to take part in a Midlands speed dating event.