Sophie Watson, 19.01.2016

Winter date ideas: banish those cold weather blues!

There’s no getting around it: this upcoming winter is looking somewhat dire, with the media predicting one of the coldest snaps on record. That’s the bad news. Want the good? A little cold weather never got in the way of hot romance. While the weather outside might be looking frightful, dating can still be quite delightful (especially when you have love to keep you warm!).

Indeed with a little forward planning, there’s no need for hibernation, even during the chilliest  winter. Armed with these fun date ideas (and with a little help from EliteSingles), you will soon find that this can be the perfect time of year to find love.

‘Tis the season for coffee:

When asked about their ideal first date, our members were overwhelmingly in favour of grabbing a coffee together. In a 2013 members’ survey, 55% of respondents picked coffee as their number one date choice2 –and, truly, it is easy to see why. When it’s raining stair-rods outside and the chill feels like it might soak down to your bones, what could be more appealing than a warm cafe, full of convivial conversation? Meeting your date for coffee guarantees a certain level of cosiness; a state that has been shown to create feelings of happiness (and even mild arousal).3 Really, you couldn’t ask for better!   

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Make the most of the weather:

While grand soft days are set to be few and far between this winter, when the rain does let up it can be a great idea to leave the cafe and head outside for a walk – you’ll soon find that enjoyable date ideas in the great outdoors are not just a summer experience!  In fact, many of the UK's most breathtaking sights are at their dramatic best when framed by stark winter skies and tendrils of shifting fog. From the endless coastlines of Wales and Scotland to the centre of London, to the picturesque Edinburgh and the spires of Oxford and Cambridge, there are plenty of options for mixing fresh air and happiness-boosting endorphins4 with spectacular, scenic winter romance.  

READ MORE: Looking for all year round fun date ideas?

The most wonderful time of the year?

This might be bah humbug time in some circles but, at EliteSingles, we just can’t help it; we truly believe that Christmas can be the most romantic time of the year. We’ve even made a seasonal Spotify® playlist to celebrate! It shouldn’t be surprising then, that we think no list of fun date ideas is complete without a mention of Christmas markets and other winter festivals. It can be very atmospheric to treat your local festive market as your very own winter wonderland and wander through it arm in arm (making essential stops for roasted chestnuts and mulled wine of course!).  It might be a touch cliché – but falling in love under the mistletoe? That’s always going to feel a little bit magic! Now all you need is someone to experience it with. If you're ready to warm up your winter with someone special, then join EliteSingles today.

READ MORE: See our best date ideas in London, Manchester, Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh! (More UK cities to come!)

EliteSingles editorial, January 2016.

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