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By Elin Alexander, Second Year Social Policy and Politics

The Croft Magazine // A selection of wintry ideas to keep in mind for those post-lockdown dates.

Cuffing season is approaching and although the past few months have been a real test on everyone’s love life (I have endured three failed talking-stages, I mean come on), there’s no reason why we can’t get a little creative and spice things up a bit. Whether you’re preparing for a first date, celebrating an anniversary or just fancying a day out with your other half, these alternative date ideas will give you a taste of what Bristol has to offer.

Bowling at The Lanes

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Bowling is a really fun, relaxed way of getting to know someone better. If sparks are flying then things can get a little steamy with both your competitive streaks coming out and if you’re feeling a little nervous then it’s an activity that doesn’t require much conversation (this can also be a bonus if the date is incredibly awkward). Whether it’s your first date or your 50th, I would highly recommend heading down to The Lanes for some excitement and then grabbing a few drinks in any of Bristol’s amazing pubs or bars where you can discuss the highlights of your game.


The Cube

If bowling isn’t really your thing, perhaps you’d enjoy heading to Stokes Croft to watch some independent films at The Cube. A little different to your average cinema date, The Cube is entirely staffed by volunteers and offers international films, live performances and comedy shows. It is an incredibly affordable option, offering tickets for as little as £2 on a Tuesday!

The Clifton Observatory

Instragram / Clifton Observatory 

It might be a little far-fetched considering the weather is undoubtedly going to get worse over the next few weeks, but if you can catch a clear day then watching the sunset or sunrise at the top of the observatory is super romantic. You also get an amazing view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge as well as the rest of the city, so well worth climbing a few stairs! There’s also a lovely café downstairs for you to grab a hot chocolate.

Bristol Ferry Boats

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This boat trip takes you all around the Harbourside to see all of Bristol’s famous landmarks including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain. It stops at 17 different destinations, allowing you to get off and explore any parts of the city together. A really wholesome day out.

Christmas Markets

Instragram / Matt Maddalena 

A little early to be thinking about this but one of my favourite things to do is to visit the Christmas markets in the city centre. There’s such a great variety of Christmas knick-knacks and a massive Bierkeller in the middle that’s pretty cheap and sells everything from mulled wine to Bailey’s hot chocolate while blasting Christmas tunes. An absolute blast!

Where will your first post-lockdown date be?

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