As of the date of posting this blog, this is your official warning that it is 14 days until Valentine’s Day. Put that reminder in your phone now and we hereby relinquish all responsibility that we never told you about it.
If you’ve recently embarked into new relationship territory having found your significant other online, this can be a nervy time. You want to acknowledge the new person in your life but you don’t want to come across like a limpet or worse a serial killer.
Don’t fret our team of busy love cupids have been out there hand-picking the some alternative, low key yet romantic options for Valentine’s Day dates. So what are you waiting for, pucker up, look smart and perfect that Spotify Valentine’s Day playlist for the perfect night.
Let’s face it the weather is grim. It’s cold, wet, damp and dark and the thought of dining al fresco is most definitely off the menu. The solution? Create your very own indoor picnic and wine and dine your date in the warmth. Think fairy lights, music, some delicacies to share (chateaubriand is always delicious with someone special), giant faux fur throws and candles and you have all the ingredients for a perfect romantic night in. For a dash of extra cuteness order in some Valentine’s Day cookies for you to share.
There’s nothing more romantic than laying out looking the stars, but in the UK in the middle of winter, your date won’t thank you for this. Instead, why not head to one of the many planetariums across the UK for a night-time view of the sky sans the frigid temps. It will guarantee you some up close cuddle time.
‘If Music Be The Food of Love’…
When you are happy your brain releases feel-good chemicals endorphin, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. Dopamine, in particular floods your body and makes you relax and enjoy yourself. Why not look at local gigs and concerts, or even open mic nights that you could take your date to on Valentine’s Day. Obviously pick something you have the same taste in and then you can spend the night listening to a favourite group, relaxing in each other’s company, letting your guard and inhibitions down and you’re guaranteed to have something both to talk about into the wee small hours about later on whilst you get cosy.
Create a Love Nest
We live in a world obsessed with social media and documenting our lives; our Facebook feeds are full of pictures of our friends living ‘perfect’ lives. Sometimes though this obsession to post online distracts from the genuine sentiment of the moment.
Valentine’s Day is all about enjoying each other without distractions and interruptions so why not take a step back and turn your house into your own romantic hideaway. Somewhere where the two of you can decamp for 24 hours, phones off, curtains drawn, lights low, make a bed on the floor and just enjoy the quiet. Simple pleasures such as a long steamy shower together, massage, good food and lots of tactile touching are all ways to make you both feel good about being with each other. Your focus will be totally on each other giving each of you quality time, it is also much more personal than going away to a hotel.
Ultimately, it’s not about the grandiose nature of the gesture you choose to make it is just about making time to show that person that you care about them and that they make a difference to being part of your life. Even if you don’t give a Cupid’s arrow about Valentine’s Day, at the very least, it’s nice to put in a little extra effort to make your partner feel appreciated.
If you’re still looking for your significant other to spend Valentine’s Day with you’ve still got time to get online and find yourself a date. As a little helping hand from our in-house Cupid’s if you use the Plentymorefish discount code ‘PMFVDAY’ you can save 40% on our online dating membership plans. This offer is valid from today up until midnight on the 14th February. So get out there and get wooing.
If you’re lucky enough to have found love online then hopefully our Valentine’s Day date ideas will have given you some inspiration on how to celebrate it with your other half.
Can you believe it? It’s June already! How time flies when you are having fun, right? Speaking of fun, where are you taking your date this weekend? Still undecided? Well, your Fairy Fish Dating Blog Mother has a little idea you might enjoy.
A date, especially a first date, should be memorable and the more senses you engage, the more memorable the date will be. Our Date Inspiration for this month certainly ticks that box.
Enter London’s Dans le Noir, the restaurant with a difference. You and your date will be dining, yes you guessed it, in the dark, where you will be served by blind staff. Devoid of your dominant visual sense, you and your date can enjoy one of 4 ‘mystery’ meals where you will get to choose between meat, seafood or vegetarian. This way you get to explore your sense of taste and smell (and let’s not forget hearing) more fully. The food, mostly organic, is based on first quality ingredients, making the experience as interesting and tasty as possible.
Outside distractions, such as mobile phones, are a big no no at Dans le Noir and you will be asked to lock yours away (lockers are provided), giving you an opportunity to completely focus on each other and your sensory experience for the next hour or so.
Expect a few culinary surprises and a new perspective on dining and dating. To end the meal in a more traditional way, there’s a lit bar for post-dinner drinks. Or if you’d prefer sumptuous concoctions of the drinkable kind, why not head over to the nearby Zetter Townhouse cocktail lounge?
Whatever you decide, above all, we hope you have fun. ‘Cos that’s what dating should be!
Happy Dating! x
Easter bank holiday is just around the corner (can we get a YAY?) and we hope all of you lovely peeps have a date lined up. Perhaps you are still looking for some things to do? Fret not fellow daters, your Plenty More Fish Team has been busy researching the wibbly wobbly web and found these cracking date suggestions for you:
Brighton, Bristol, London and Oxford
What better way to spend a date than to treat your sweet to some sweet treats? During the Easter weekend Brighton, Bristol, London and Oxford are all throwing their own Chocolate Festivals. Each event will be host to dozens of stalls showcasing artisan produced chocolate made from pure ingredients. You and your date will find everything from hot chocolate to chocolate cakes, chocolate churros to chocolate pretzels, chocolate chilli to chocolate cocktails. Total chocolate heaven if you ask us.
But that’s not all. If you want to combine pleasure with knowledge, you can also learn about the goodness of real chocolate, take lessons on how to create your own chocolate or drop in at a Masterclass cookery demonstration and pick up recipes to turn your next dinner date into a dark and delicious delight. Sweet!
For a theatrical and musical feast, head over to Birmingham, where Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is currently showing at the Birmingham Hippodrome. It’s a story of mystery and unrequited love and a real treat for the eyes and ears. Add a little extra and indulge in mouth-watering canapés and Champagne, served at your own reserved foyer table either pre-show or during the interval. Click here for pricing and to book tickets. To get more details on the show specials click this link.
If you prefer sampling the malty delights of real beers and ales, then Manchester is the place to be. Running through the Easter weekend, The Fisherman’s Retreat is host to the Beer Festival, giving you an opportunity to enjoy the taste of 40 local real ales as well as beers in wooden casks plus entertainment. The entertainment on Friday and Saturday is priced at £12 and £6 on Sunday, so perfect for the more money conscious dater. Featured bands are:
Friday: Phil Lyons and his New Vintage Band
Saturday: NorthWest 12 – 12 piece soul band
Sunday: Quadrille Ceilidh Band
To book tickets, call 01706 825314 or visit www.fishermansretreat.com.
For a dose of cultural history and a romantic stroll in breathtaking scenery, visit Yorkshire’s Castle Howard. This magnificent 18th-century mansion is set within 1,000 acres of stunning landscaping which are located in the Howardian Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. And during the bank holiday the grounds will be home to the Easter Fair offering vintage rides, sweet stalls and sheep racing.
Castle Howard is also a very popular wedding destination, which may come in handy some day. I wouldn’t necessarily mention that to your date though 😉
Ramp up the dating fun factor and head over to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, home to Urban Wave, a new all year round sports activity that can simulate popular boarding such as surfing, wake-boarding, body-boarding and snow-boarding without getting wet! Shaped like a wave, a rotating special surface of 6 meters wide and 9 meters long, gives you enough space to ride and do tricks and is bound to have you both laughing your head off. The cool thing is up to two people can use Urban Wave at the same time, making it perfect for a date. So go ahead and be totally boglius (which is surf lingo for cool and awesome).
We hope you found our suggestions useful and we wish you a hoppy bank holiday weekend.
Maz and the Plenty More Fish Team x