10 date night ideas – find inspiration for Valentine's Day

Preparing for Valentine's Day? Find a little inspiration with our date night ideas

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Looking for date night ideas? With Valentine's Day just around the corner, many of us are looking for ways to celebrate love in all of its glorious forms. And whether you're celebrating your first Valentine's Day with someone special, or can't actually remember how many years you've spent with your significant other, we all need a little fresh inspiration, from time to time. From date night ideas you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, to trips and activities you can enjoy together – without spending a fortune – we're here to provide plenty of date night inspiration.

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1. Enjoy a good old fashioned movie night 

It may seem like a basic one, but sometimes you just can't beat a night in, snuggled up on the sofa with your significant other. And whether you share a love for horror, or are set on convincing them to 'enjoy' yet another rom com, it doesn't really matter what you're watching, just that you're watching it together. N'awwww.

Right now, you can enjoy a months access to Now TV – which comes complete with Sky Cinema – for as little as £4.99. That means instant access to thousands of movies – and thousands of date nights. 

2. Or set up your own outdoor screening

Okay, so this one might not be totally applicable right now. But you'll be thanking us, come summer time. Investing in an outdoor projector will allow you to enjoy your favourite films, TV series and more, while soaking up everything that a British summer has to offer. And all from the comfort of your own garden.

Simply string up your projector screen – this could be something as simple as a white sheet – then lay down rugs, cushions and blankets to keep you cosy as the sun goes down. Invite friends over for the ultimate double, triple, or quadruple date idea.

3. Have a go at making pizzas 

Everyone loves pizza, and anyone who doesn't probably isn't worth dating. But rather than ordering from Domino's, yet again, why not channel your inner chef and have a go at making your own? It's a super fun activity and is way easier than you might think. Feeling super cute? You could even make your pizzas heart shaped.

4. Plan a trip away together

If you and your partner love travelling, a date night spent planning a trip away together can be super fun. From searching for cheap flights and planning routes, to finding accommodation and creating Pinterest boards of everything you want to do and see, you'll not only enjoy your evening together, but will have something even more exciting to look forward to.

Booking.com is a great place to get started when looking for flights, accommodation and more.

5. Escape to the country

We can't all be jetting off to Bali, or planning trips to Belize. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a trip away with a loved one, just plan something a little closer to home.

Airbnb offers a whole host of countryside escapes in super cute cottages, and more. One of our favourites is this private secluded treehouse retreat in the Kent Downs. It's what dreams are made of.

6. Become ginologists for an evening

Love a G&T? While a night out at a gin bar makes a great date idea, if you're on a tighter budget you can have just as much fun making your own at home. And the good news is that we've spotted a whole host of deals on tasty gins at Amazon.

Our favourite has to be this Valentine's Day gin from the Edinburgh Gin Company, which is currently discounted in the lead up to the big day.

Edinburgh Gin Valentine's Gin | Was £34.99, now £26.99 at Amazon
This is a very affordable price for a lovely bottle of gin. What does it taste like? We can definitely say it has sweet, floral aroma and delicate citrus notes. Not celebrating Valentine's Day? Buy it to enjoy with friends for Galentine's day, or to enjoy yourself, any time of the year. Imagine sipping on this in the summertime, al fresco in your garden. Mmmm.View Deal

7. Try your hand at life drawing 

Not everyone seems to know about it, but Airbnb offer a whole host of experiences, as well as accommodation. We love the idea of trying something completely new as a super fun date night idea, and what better than life drawing? Whether you're super arty, or have minimal drawing experience, the vast majority of classes welcome everyone. 

8. Create your own mixtape

We're taking an old school idea and bringing it into the 21st century – why not spend an evening creating a shared playlist that features all of your favourite songs? It'll allow you to delve into each others pasts and share life experiences, as well as generating new memories, all through the medium of music.

9. Book onto a food tour in your local area

Remember we mentioned Airbnb experiences? Well, if life drawing isn't your thing, perhaps food is. Airbnb also offer a whole host of worldwide food experiences, from food tours and wine tastings to cooking classes and unique dining experiences. It's worth having a look to see if there's anything that takes your fancy.

10. Enjoy a couples massage

Want to unwind, together? Why not book into a couples massage and do just that. We'd recommend checking out Spa Breaks to find somewhere for spa treatments, retreats and more.

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