Best Dates

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

A man and a woman in a white row boat on a river on a sunny day

As an antidote to our worst dates blog, I thought it was only right to share some best date stories. So in the spirit of things, I’ll start by telling you about the most romantic date I have been on.

So here goes…On my best date we went for a walk through Constable Country and then hired a rowboat; cliché I know, but very romantic. It was lovely to see some of the scenes from Constable’s paintings, before checking them out in the gallery nearby.

The one where you can’t say goodbye

“I can’t think of any one date that stood out in particular,” said Jenny “but the best dates I’ve ever had have always been the ones were we’ve planned to go out for one drink and ended up staying out and going to see a band or something.”

John said: “I’d been on quite a few bad dates, and was about to give up on the whole thing when I started chatting to a new girl online.  We arranged to meet for a coffee in the morning, but coffee soon turned into going for lunch and then for dinner. I’ve never eaten out so much in one day, but neither of us wanted to go home as we were having so much fun together.”

The thoughtful date

There’s nothing like remembering your date’s favourite things when you’re planning a date. It certainly worked for Claire’s boyfriend when he took her on a special day out.

Claire said: “I absolutely love horse riding, so it was important to me to find a man who loved horses too. On our second date my boyfriend arranged for us to join an organised trip in the Brecon Beacons. However, he’d failed to mention that he’d never been on a horse before. I thought it was really sweet that he was so keen to impress me.”

Julia said: “One guy I went out with took me to the ballet, even though he wasn’t a fan. He’d even phoned my mum to ask her which one to choose as he didn’t want to take me to one I’d already been to! We didn’t click in the end, but I had a great time at the ballet.”

The serendipity date

Unfortunately life isn’t always like a romantic film, but that doesn’t stop some girls from wanting the serendipity experience.

Maria said: “My best date was at an outdoor ice rink a good few years ago. On our first date in a local pub, I told my date that I’ve always wanted to go to New York at Christmas to see the lights and skate in Central Park. As it was December there was an outdoor ice rink nearby, so we headed there for our next date and enjoyed skating round hand in hand, dodging all the kids of course. It wasn’t Central park, but I had so much fun and the Christmas lights looked so pretty reflecting off the ice.”

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