Bored of dinner and drinks? Whether you want to treat your main squeeze or break the ice with someone new, give these unusual dates a whirl.
Running out of date ideas? Fret not, we’ve got you. You and your special someone could try your hand at water sports in Leeds city centre, take on a Great British Bake Off-style challenge, or even let out your inner Van Gogh for an artsy afternoon. There are loads of unique and wonderful ways to enjoy each other’s company, and you might even learn a thing or two while you’re at it – so what are you waiting for? Get a date in the diary.
Get dressed up at Tailors
Why not introduce your date to one of Leeds’ lesser-known drinking dens? A tailor shop by day, speakeasy by night, Tailors is the perfect date destination to trip the light fantastic in style. Throw it back to the 1920s with Great Gatsby-esque attire and a few Prohibition-era tipples. You can come as you are, because the dress-up chest is open for you to take your pick of tasseled flapper fits and tweed to get you suited up for the occasion.
Tailors Gin, 23-24 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG. A deposit of £5 per person is required to reserve a table.
Paint a pot at Jackrabbits
For a quieter date, head to Jackrabbits for a splash of pottery painting. You can choose your own piece of pottery, whether that be a mug or a jug, a plate or a coaster. Let your creative side out and put your art skills to the test, a paintbrush in hand and a cuppa in the other. Once you’re happy with your creation, it’s off to be glazed and blazed before you can pick it up a week later – a lovely little souvenir of a romantic afternoon.
Jackrabbits Pottery, 633A Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA. Prices range from £7 to £44.
Chuck a bunch of axes at Whistle Punks
For an adrenaline-filled date, why not let off some steam with a game of axe throwing at Whistle Punks Leeds? All sessions are designed for total beginners, so don’t worry if it’s your first time. Unleash out your competitive spirit and go head-to-head with your date – it’s bonding at its finest. Worked up a thirst? They’ve got a wide variety of beers on draught and in cans, as well as a fitting cocktail menu, including the red grapefruit-flavoured Bullseye.
Whistle Punks, Millennium Square, The Electric Press, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AD. Tickets start from £20 per person.
Go paddle boarding at Leeds Dock
Are you the type of couple who loves to try new things? Test the waters on a paddle boarding date at Leeds Dock. Yes, you heard that right! You can do water sports right in the heart of the city. The certified instructors at Leeds Dock Paddle Boarding run stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) sessions every Wednesday. It’s open to beginners and with just a little bit of moral support from your partner, you’ll go from kneeling to standing in no time.
Leeds Dock Paddle Boarding, Leeds Dock, The Boulevard, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1PZ. Paddle boarding sessions take place on Wednesdays from 5.15pm and cost £20 per person.
Go for 180 at Flight Club
This isn’t your typical darts down the local, this is social darts. Flight Club have brought the traditional pub game into the 21st century. Their unique in-house vision system keeps the score, so you can focus all your attention on winning – and your date, of course. Why not ramp it up with a couple of crafty cocktails? Try the Flight Club classic A Little Bit Lychee with lavender & echinacea gin, lychee and lemon, or give one of their alcohol slushies a whirl.
Flight Club, Sovereign House, 1-2 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QL. Social darts is £10 per person for 90 minutes.
Scale the wall at the Depot
Got a head for heights? The Depot is one of the best climbing centres in Leeds and a prime destination for a fun and challenging date that’s a world away from the ordinary. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned climber, everyone is welcome to get stuck in. The walls here range in difficulty, starting out with easy climbs and going all the way up to expert ascents, so you can team up or go up against each other on the verticals.
Depot Climbing, 173 Richardshaw Lane, Stanningley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 6AA.
Race against the clock at Ready Steady Bake It
Pair up on a workstation and prepare to put your culinary (and patience) skills to the test at Ready Steady Bake It. Here, Bake Off meets Ready Steady Cook, and as you can probably guess, you’ll be working against the clock to bake a cake. You’ll have 90 minutes to make and decorate your creation, so teamwork skills and steady hands are key. All their bakes are designed with every baking level in mind and you’ll be provided with everything you need.
Ready Steady Bake It, 8 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2LE. Tickets cost £35 per person.
Twist and turn with Salsa Rocks
Want to get a little bit closer? Get down to Kerala Restaurant on a Wednesday evening for a spot of salsa. Hosted by Salsa Rocks, you’ll be given expert tuition from their team of skilled salsa addicts who know every move by heart. First time? Their classes are designed for everyone, from total beginners to intermediate salseras and salseros. Here, you and your dance partner can really let go and immerse yourselves in the rhythms of salsa.
Salsa Rocks, Kerala Restaurant, 2 Eastgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL. Classes run every Wednesday from 8pm. Tickets cost £6 for one or £10 for two on the same night.
Unleash your inner artist at PopUp Painting
You can put brush to canvas with PopUp Painting – one of the country’s leading social painting experiences. Their artist-themed socials take place at Brasserie Blanc, where you and your date can show off your artistic flair, whether you want to recreate a Monet masterpiece or put your own twist on it. Not the artsy type? Fear not, you’ll be guided through each and every stroke. And you’ll even be able to take your work home to remember your rendezvous by.
PopUp Painting, Brasserie Blanc, 4 Victoria Mill, The Embankment, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BJ. Tickets cost £32.99 per person.
Go walking with alpacas with Treeside Alpacas
A walk with alpacas in the beautiful Leeds countryside – it doesn’t get any more romantic than that. Treeside Alpacas is a family-run business, offering you the chance to get up close with arguably South America’s cutest and coolest four-legged creatures. You and your date could be off on a trek around Oulton’s Moss Carr farm, a fully-functioning farm with gorgeous woodland paths and countryside views – it’s the perfect photo-op filled date.
Treeside Alpacas, Moss Carr Farm, Newmarket Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 9DW. Prices start from £25 per person or £40 for two people sharing one alpaca.