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5 Fabulously Cheap Dates in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Culture

Strapped for cash? You can still impress your date with these cheap as chips ideas.

Park Square

Want to take your other half out without dipping into your savings? No problem, because you’ll find plenty of cheap and cheerful date options in Leeds…

It’s January, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably feeling the pinch after a Christmas splurge. But fear not, because you can still wow your date with our list of five fabulously cheap dates in Leeds. They promise a night of entertainment, whether with a film, a trip to the theatre or a magical picnic – and they won’t cost the earth.

See a cutting edge show

The Hub,

You’ve likely heard of Slung Low, they make incredible immersive theatre experiences from their home under the arches at The HUB, but did you know that they also invite small, innovative touring companies to take to their stage? They often have shows on a Sunday night, and operate a pay-as-you-feel policy, so you can see a host of unique productions on a budget.

Bring your own bottle

Thai A Roy Dee, Thai Restaurants in Leeds

Leaving the kids with a sitter? You can have a lovely meal out and a few drinks too, all on a shoe-string if you visit one of the city’s bring your own bottle restaurants. Try Thai A Roy Dee in the city centre, where they offer a fine selection of Thai classics from just £6.50, like Pad Num Mon Hoy (stir-fry with oyster sauce, mushrooms, spring onions and garlic) and Pad Kee Mao Goong (drunken stir-fried thick noodles with basil, fresh chillies, prawns and vegetables).

Go to the opera

Opera North Der Rosenkavalier

Credit: Tom Arber

Going to the opera isn’t as expensive as you might think, especially if you’re under 30. You can get tickets for just £10 each on selected Opera North performances, which means you can see the likes of The Snow Queen, Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel performed live by their supremely talented singers and orchestra. Even if you’ve hit the big three-o, you can bag balcony seats from just £15 – or even better, make the most of our exclusive offer to get some of the best seats in the house for £20 with a free glass of prosecco and 50% off food at Manahatta.

Catch a film

The basement in Crowd of Favours, Leeds

Have you seen how expensive the cinema is these days? Well, fear not, because you can still have your night at the movies, but in a slightly different venue. Crowd of Favours runs its very own Cinema Club, which sees the downstairs space transformed into a temporary movie space. Catch new flicks like Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as stone cold classics like the original Star Wars movies. The movie itself is free, but of course, you’ll need a little cash in your pocket for the drinks.

Plan a magical picnic

Park Square

Okay, this one comes with a disclaimer, because if you do it right now, you’re going to need to wrap up very warm indeed. You might have noticed that Park Square has been lit up by thousands of tiny fairy lights, wrapped around five statement trees – and an evening picnic under one of those is sure to impress your other half. Pick up a spread from one of the city’s independents, like Hepworth’s Deli or Olive & Rye, or make it yourself at home, then lay out a cloth and enjoy the magical setting. If you’re doing it while it’s chilly out, make sure you pack extra blankets and a thermos of soup, hot chocolate or mulled wine.