Looking to spend some quality time with your significant other, but want something a little bit different than just going for a meal or staying in and watching TV? Well try getting out and about into the great outdoors!
We’ve put together a few suggestions on what you and your other half could do to put some romance in your relationship – and of course they all involve getting out and about. You might argue that some of these don’t exactly scream ‘romance’, but it’s all about doing something together as a couple, which can be romantic in itself.
So grab your walking boots, then grab each other and revel in these romantic outdoor activities in the UK…
There are few things as romantic as cuddling together and looking up at the stars, trying to work out what the constellations are, or even just making up your own ones. You might even be lucky and spot a shooting star or two.
You can stargaze pretty much anywhere, but obviously the best places or out in the countryside away from the light pollution from towns and cities. The very best places are known as Dark Sky Discovery Sites, some of which include the South Downs National Park, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Find out about the all the Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the UK and pick your favourite celestial spotting site.
When you think of places to go surfing in the UK, it’s probably Cornwall that springs to mind – not Snowdonia in North Wales. Well Surf Snowdonia is here to completely shatter your preconceptions with a spot of inland surfing. Located in the stunning Conwy Valley, it’s unlikely you’ll have ever surfed anywhere quite like this.
And if you’re worried it’s not quite romantic enough, then there is onsite glamping so you can make a weekend of it and relax after a busy day’s surfing.
See the Surf Snowdonia website for more details.
Glamping for Couples
Of course we’d say that going camping is an amazing romantic activity for couples, but we’re going to give glamping some love, as it caters for those who like a little more luxury in their lives.
Glamping has become big business these days, and virtually everything has been transformed into some kind accommodation, from wigwams and yurts to helicopters and even World War II army trailers.
There’s something incredibly romantic about being in the forest, even when you’re suspended high in the trees climbing cargo nets or swinging from tree to tree. Go Ape! is a fantastic day out whether you’re in a big group or it’s just the two of you, and there’s all sorts to do, from the classic treetop experience to zip wires and segwaying.
There are 30 Go Ape! centres scattered all over the country, so there’s bound to be one not too far away. Check out their website for more information.
Long walks on the beach
Straight out of a lonely hearts ad, long walks on the beach really are an old romantic’s dream. You can walk hand in hand, taking in the sea air, maybe share some fish and chips, and generally relax together.
However, you don’t want to go to just any beach – you want something a bit more sheltered and secluded. Here are a few of the best hidden beaches in the UK worth checking out:
- Lantic Bay, Cornwall
- Steephill Cove, Isle of Wight
- Covehithe, Suffolk
- Bay at the Back of the Ocena, Iona, Hebrides
- White Park Bay, Northern Island
- Llanddwyn Bay, Anglesey
The Lake District is one of the most visually stunning parts of the UK, and Derwentwater near Keswick is really quite spectacular. Keswich Launch lets you see the very best of the National Park from the water where you can relax with each other and just take in the amazing scenery – it doesn’t get much more romantic than that, especially if you make a long weekend of it.
Check out the Keswick Launch website for more information.
Zip World Velocity
What could be more romantic than hurtling down the fastest zipline in the world at over 100mph in a quarry in North Wales? OK, so this might not be the best activity if you want something relaxing where the two of you can stare longingly into each other’s eyes, but if you want an adrenaline fuelled day out, then few things come close.
Take a look at the Zip World Velocity website to learn more or check out the many other amazing Zip World activities they offer, including caving and even underground trampolining! Yeah, really!
Get lost in a maze
Guaranteed to provide plenty of fun and frolics, getting lost in a maze is great fun and is something a little bit different to your usual couples activities. And if you do need to take the kids with you, they’ll love it too.
Hampton Court has probably the most famous maze, but there are plenty of brilliant ones around the UK, including the Noah’s Ark Maze in Somerset (longest hedge maze in the world), the stunning Longleat Hedge Maze and the Amazing Cornish Maize Maze in Cornwall.
What are your favourite romantic getaways and activities in the UK?
Last modified: February 9, 2017