Date night gone a little stale? You’re in luck because Leeds is packed with unusual, delicious and just downright bonkers things for couples to do every night of the week.
Forget trips to the cinema. Say no to the pub. And take a break from those romantic dinners. There are tons of alternatives to the usual, run-of-the-mill date ideas in Leeds. So whether you fancy a spot of salsa, want to learn how to make the perfect coffee or simply have a hankering to see the city from on high, start working your way through this list and keep your other half on their toes.
Enjoy the delights of Harewood House
Harewood House is already one of Leeds’ most romantic locations, thanks to a 32-acre tropical lake, swooping riverbanks and colourful gardens filled with everything from blue poppies to golden daffodils and shades of rhododendrons. If you want to make it a date night to remember, why not top it off with a penguin feeding experience in their Bird Garden? You’ll learn all about their adorable Humboldt penguins, as well as tossing them a fish or two.
Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LE.
Melt your troubles away at the spa
It’s been a long week, so why not treat you and your partner to a spa day? We know just the place. Only 20 minutes from the city centre, Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa is the perfect place for complete relaxation. Start with an energy-boosting smoothie in the lounge, before a dip in the pool and a visit to the sauna or steam room. Once you’re feeling invigorated, unwind in the jacuzzi as the knots and the tension drift away. When it comes to de-stressing, a spa day is one of the best things any couple can do in Leeds.
Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, 1150 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8ZB.
Scare yourselves silly on a ghost hunt
For couples who really want to get their heart racing, Simply Ghost Nights offer all the heebie-jeebies you could need with their two haunted Leeds locations. You could test your nerve and join a ghost hunt at Leeds City Museum, the star of several paranormal tv shows thanks to ghostly running footsteps and a mysterious figure seen stood in the gallery of the empty theatre. If you’d rather a spooky factory, Armley Mills might just hold a few spirits too, from the abandoned child workers to the brutal mill owners themselves. See what you can find in the dead of night on a paranormal prowl.
Simply Ghost Nights are at Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BH or Armley Mills, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF.
Go Ape among the treetops at Temple Newsam
High above the trees in Temple Newsam, you can do something completely different. The Go Ape treetop adventure park has three levels of difficulty for you to master. It’s the perfect way to get your adrenaline going as you climb 15 metres into the trees to take on high-speed zip wires, free-fall Tarzan swings and narrow tightrope crossings, not to mention the 46-metre free fall known as The Plummet. You might not want to look down, but there are amazing views over Temple Newsam Park and Hope Farm to be enjoyed too.
Go Ape, Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.
Pick a new pet over coffee
Cat-loving couples will be in seventh heaven at the Kitty Cafe. Only a few short steps from Briggate, this converted bank offers the chance to tuck into delicious cakes, light bites and mocktails surrounded by a dozen of the cutest rescue cats you’ll ever meet. That’s right, it’s a cat rescue centre and a cafe rolled into one, so the walls are sure to be packed with kittens prowling the walkways, hidey-holes and scratching posts, just waiting to be stroked.
Kitty Cafe, 8-9 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BZ.
Take in the amazing view at Sky Lounge
Sky Lounge has to be at the top of any list of things for couples to do together, in Leeds. Perched on the 13th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton, it has sweeping panoramic views, delectable food and stunning cocktails, so you can have a real evening to remember. While you’re looking out over the city, you can tuck into a classic afternoon tea or splash out with an evening menu of steak frites, beetroot cured salmon and poached lobster tail fettuccine.
Sky Lounge, 2 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR.
Challenge your other half to a go-karting race
Even the best couples can be competitive at times, so why not get your adrenaline pumping with a go-karting challenge? The longest indoor track in Yorkshire seems the perfect place to start, so head for TeamSport Go Karting. With 580-metres of pristine tarmac through straits and tunnels, not to mention an awesome underpass section, you can really put the pedal to the metal with their top-of-the-range 270cc LPG karts. You’ll get a safety briefing before going head-to-head from the start line, so wait for the green light, and away you go.
TeamSport Go Karting, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ.
Try out shuffleboard for the first time
Break the mould on a traditional date night with a visit to BrewDog’s bar on North Street. They have all the amazing BrewDog beers you’d expect, along with a whole host of delicious craft beers from around the world. But the real game changer comes when you step downstairs. Three 22-foot shuffleboard tables await, ready for you to go head to head with your partner, sliding weighted disks down the polished board towards the scoring zones. Loser buys the next round?
BrewDog North Street, Crispin House, New York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PF.
Take to the skies with a hot air balloon ride
If you’ve got a head for heights, a hot air balloon ride is easily one of the most romantic things for couples to do in Leeds. You’ll lift off at sunrise or sunset from the ground of Temple Newsam, with a full pilot briefing and a chance to help inflate the balloon. Once you’re up in the air, snap a few photos with the incredible view in the background. You’ll be floating over Leeds for around an hour, so there’s plenty of time to relax and enjoy the experience. Once you’ve landed safely again, there’s even a traditional champagne toast.
Balloon Flights depart from Temple Newsam Park, Off Selby Road, Colton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AD.
Experience dinner with a twist
Forget a plain dinner date, The Swine That Dines is a full gastronomic experience. They offer delectable tapas-style sharing plates for lunch, while the evening is still the full works. You and your partner will be treated to a night of ‘nose to tail’ dining – where every part of the animal is used in creative but utterly delicious ways. Then one weekend a month is reserved for ‘roots to shoots’ dining, a completely vegetarian menu that promises to be just as delicious as the rest of the month, but healthier.
The Swine That Dines, 58 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
See the new displays at The Tetley
Fancy soaking up a little culture on your next date night? Head to The Tetley for their Wednesday lates when the galleries are open until 8pm. From Tai Shani’s immersive solo exhibition Semiramis to Simeon Barclay’s dance-based spectacle Bus2Move, all kind of exhibitions have been showcased there, and they’re guaranteed to keep you busy all evening. Plus, don’t forget to check out Matthew Houlding’s touch-based outdoor exhibition The Sun Shines Every Day Forever, before stopping by the bar for a drink afterwards.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
Step, spin and stomp at a salsa class
If you’re after an evening of music and passion, you really need to give Salsa dancing a go. With seven classes in Leeds to pick from, you and your partner can get your hearts racing, improve coordination and feel fitter in no time. Pair your dancing with cocktails and tacos at Revolución de Cuba every Tuesday night, or try a pure, intimate experience at Casa Colombiana’s crossbody classes on a Thursday evening.
Learn how to make coffee like the pros
Want to win over your other half with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee in the morning (or maybe get one yourself)? Then one of the things you simply have to do as a couple in Leeds is join the 200 Degrees’ Barista School. With four classes to choose from, you can work your way up from Basic Barista all the way to Advanced Latte Art, learning about the secrets of espresso extraction, home-brews and microfoam as you go, all while enjoying a cup or two of course.
200 Degrees, 31 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BQ.
Work together to escape the room
Have you ever tried an Escape Hunt? It’s perfect for couples looking to exercise their little grey cells. Just minutes from Leeds station, you can choose from five different themed escape rooms. Will you become an MI6 agent on a mission to avert disaster or a samurai who has to defeat an evil warlord? Whichever you choose, you’ve got a full hour of clues, puzzles and adventures ahead of you – and you’re in it together.
Escape Hunt, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.
Push yourself to the limit at the activity centre
Just three miles from the city centre is the West Leeds Activity Centre, a 17-acre site where couples can try out a whole heap of adventure activities together. Bring your partner and see who comes out on top – with climbing, BMXing, motorbiking, archery and even a leap of faith. If you’re looking for adventurous things to do together as a couple, this should be your first stop.
West Leeds Activity Centre, Lenhurst Avenue, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2RE.
Become a baking master at Le Pain Quotidien
Ever wondered how Le Pain Quotidien make their pastries so buttery and their bread so light and crusty? Now’s your chance to find out at their Friday night bakery classes. Once a month, you can join their master baker for a first-hand tutorial, from walnut sourdough bread to the perfect Victoria sponge, they have it all, as well as gluten-free and vegan classes. There will be nibbles and complimentary drinks throughout the night too.
Le Pain Quotidien, Unit 16, Victoria Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7JL.
Spend a fun-filled day at the races
If you want to mix things up for your next date night, how about a little horse racing? Wetherby Racecourse is a great shout. Their racing meets bring plenty of drama and more than a few photo finishes, so you can have a thrilling day out, with tasty food and drink on offer throughout. It’s not all horse racing either, as the racecourse also hosts car boot sales, antiques fairs and even dog shows across the year.
Wetherby Racecourse, York Road, Wetherby, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS22 5EJ.
Get your bounce on at Oxygen Freejumping
Get the endorphins flowing on your next date at Oxygen Freejumping, a trampoline park with over 120 inter-connected trampolines split into 9 jumping zones. From giant airbags to dodgeball and the world’s first fitness reaction track – it’s nothing if not varied. If you want to introduce a little friendly competition too, why not race each other on the obstacle course? Last one to the end buys the drinks…
Oxygen Freejumping, Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
Unleash your creativity in clay form
Leeds’ first paint-your-own pottery shop is a great choice if you’re looking for unusual things to do together as a couple. Jackrabbits has an enormous selection of over 120 ready-to-paint pieces, from coasters to mugs, vases and even piggy banks. Just pick one each to paint or carve your own unique designs on while you enjoy a cup of tea and a homemade cake or two. Once you’re happy with your design, it’ll be glazed, fired and aired in the kiln for a few days, ready for you to pick up and enjoy a week later.
Jackrabbits Pottery, 633a Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA.
Experience a raucous night of entertainment at the cabaret
For sensual dance mixed with quirky modern culture, there’s no better place to take your significant other than The Wet Spot, Leeds’ biggest and best burlesque show. Produced by star names Anna Fur Laxis and Scarlett Daggers, you can pop along to Belgrave Music Hall every few months for a wild night, with performances from the likes of Kitten de Ville, Lily SnatchDragon and Demi Noire.
The Wet Spot performs at Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Challenge yourself on the climbing wall
For your next date night, get a proper sweat on as you scale the walls at the Climbing Lab. Sessions are available throughout the day and into the evening, where the Lab’s bouldering experts show you both how to climb like a pro. Once you’ve got the hang of it, why not pop to Chevin Forest Park one weekend and give it a go for real on the boulders dotted about?
The Climbing Lab is at Kirkstall Industrial Park, Milford Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ or try bouldering at Chevin Forest Park, East Chevin Road, Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DD.
Take a trip through the jungle with Adventure Golf
It’s mini-golf, but not as you know it. Jungle Rumble’s action-packed adventure golf course is the perfect way to spice up date night with a little friendly competition. Take your pick of their two uniquely different courses at The Cube in Great George Street and see who comes out on top. They have air hockey and pool tables if you’re still feeling competitive afterwards, as well as a full bar for raising a glass to victory or drowning your sorrows.
Jungle Rumble, The Cube, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8ER.
Share unlimited food and drinks at a bottomless brunch
What better way to spend time together than while tucking into unlimited food and booze? Leeds has the best bottomless brunches around, from sushi to a full English fry-up. As for drinks, unlimited prosecco is always a winner, but you’ll find everything from Bloody Mary’s to Amstel on offer in the city centre. What’s more, there are even bottomless lunches and dinners if you’re after something later in the day.