Give your partner a date to remember with these fun, romantic activities!
Dinner and a movie? No thank you! If you’re racking your brain trying to think of creative date night ideas, don’t worry. There’s a whole host of fun things to do in Leeds for couples, from whizzing round an indoor go kart track to nailing a hole-in-one with a crazy cocktail in hand. There’s something for everyone on this list, so you’d better get planning!
Enjoy tasty eats and unlimited drinks at a bottomless brunch
Free-flowing drinks and yummy food sound like the perfect date? Well you’re in luck, because there’s a bottomless brunch for every taste in Leeds. You could delve into Japanese fare like crispy vegetable tempura and soft bao buns at Issho or Instagrammable pancakes piled high with cream and edible flowers at Fleur Cafe. As for drinks, you can quaff unlimited prosecco or Bloody Marys, Aperol spritz or beer. Not morning people? Leeds has bottomless lunches, afternoon teas and dinners on offer too!
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Get the bake-off experience at Ready Steady Bake It
If you watch The Great British Bake Off every year together, then the Ready Steady Bake It experience will be right up your street. You’ve got the ingredients and the instructions, all you have to do is work together to create the given bake. Each month has its own theme, and in the past bakers have made festive gingerbread houses, delicious donuts and mouth-watering black forest gateau. After your 90 minutes is up, a judge will critique your bake and you’ll get to take your creation home with you to enjoy together.
Ready, Steady, Bake It, 8 St Paul’s Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2LE.
Tee off together at Junkyard Golf
Junkyard Golf is one of the best things for couples to do in Leeds. It’s a blast! There’s three weird and wonderful courses to choose from, all with pumping music and UV lights. You can putt your way through ‘Pablo’, a toxic jungle course with skull-covered glitter temples and polluted pirate ships. Or perhaps you fancy ‘Bozo’, a creepy carnival course that’ll give you clown-shaped nightmares? Grab a Junkyard Love Club cocktail on your way round – it’s pink gin, strawberry Ribena and lemonade topped with Love Hearts.
Junkyard Golf, The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL. Prices start from £8.50 per person.
Take a romantic stroll in the countryside
Outdoorsy types? We’re lucky enough to have loads of green space in Leeds, from parks to nature reserves, right on our doorstep. So why not saunter hand-in-hand through the glorious rolling landscape of Roundhay Park? Or take in the shimmering lake and whispering reedbeds of RSPB St Aidan’s? You can discover rare habitats together, like the wet woodlands of Breary Marsh teeming with wildlife, and spot wild birds at Water Haigh Woodland Park. Connect with nature and your loved one.
Check out the best nature reserves in Leeds.
Swing from the treetops at Go Ape
Buckle up, we’re heading for the treetops! Go Ape is one for the thrill-seeking couples of Leeds. In the canopy of Temple Newsam’s woods, you’ll find a challenging obstacle course of zip lines, wobbly bridges and lofty platforms. Take on the terrifying Tarzan swing and, if you’re brave enough, the hair-raising 13-metre free fall to the forest floor. Whether you’ve got a head for heights or you’ll need a hand to hold as you ascend, you’re sure to be in for an adrenaline-fuelled ride.
Go Ape, Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.
Go on a culinary adventure with a tasting menu
Take your tastebuds to undiscovered realms with tasting menus from the best chefs in the city. Start with freshly baked bread and oils before making your way through a veritable culinary cabaret of courses. How about chicken liver, hazelnut and pear? Or there’s chocolate, cheese and black olive! You could be eating creations from some of TV’s finest including MasterChef: The Professionals’ Jono Hawthorne, The Great British Menu’s Michael O’Hare, and MasterChef’s Elizabeth Cottam.
Check out the best experimental tasting menus in Leeds.
Go karting at Team Sport
Live out your Formula One racing dreams as you go head to head against your partner on go karts. The indoor track at Team Sport Leeds is the longest in Yorkshire, giving you 580 metres of circuit to whip round. Tackle the tunnel, take on the hairpin turns and blast your way across the brilliant bridge. These are petrol karts, so there’ll be no half-hearted attempts here. Hungry after all that racing? There’s a menu of hot and cold drinks, pizzas and light bites to share whether you’re celebrating or commiserating.
Team Sport Leeds, South Accommodation Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1NQ.
Get a birds-eye view of Leeds
Hot air ballooning is definitely one of the best things for couples to do in Leeds. It’s romantic, it’s serene and getting a bird’s eye view of the city is something you’ll remember for a long time to come. You’ll set off from Temple Newsam, with a chance to help inflate the balloon. Then you’ll glide through the air seeing sights like Thwaite Mills, the peaks of city centre buildings or a patchwork of fields, depending where the wind takes you. On landing, you’ll get a glass of prosecco to celebrate your flight.
Balloon Flights depart from Temple Newsam Park, Off Selby Road, Colton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AD.
Paint ceramics at Jackrabbits Pottery
Get creative with paint-your-own-pottery shop, Jackrabbits. It’s perfect for something fun to do with your partner on a rainy afternoon. Choose from shelves of mugs, piggy banks, treasure chests, all ready to be painted with your unique designs. Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, they glaze and fire it, ready for you to put pride of place on the mantelpiece. They even do late night sessions where you can bring a bottle of something sparkly and order a pizza as you relax for an evening’s painting.
Jackrabbits Pottery, 633a Roundhay Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 4BA.
Discover the delights of Harewood House
Harewood House is easily one of the most romantic things to do in Leeds. It’s an 18th-century country estate with lots of stories to tell. From the majestic rooms to the stunning landscaped gardens, you can learn all about the details of the decor and how the other half lived throughout history. Finish off your date with a trip to the raucous Bird Garden. Discover 40 different species of our feathered friends, from endangered Bali starlings to blue palm cockatoos. You can even feed the playful Humboldt penguins!
Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LE.
Go head-to-head at Arcade Club
Arcade Club is your chance to show your partner who the real boss is when it comes to Pac-Man. It’s three floors of video game heaven, with more than 300 arcade and pinball machines to play on. Think low lighting, brightly coloured LED lights and that iconic mish-mash of video game sounds. There’s vintage and classic games, as well as contemporary ones – you can even play against each other on their Xbox One, PS4 and VR gaming set ups. Be careful, time flies when you’re beating your personal best!
Arcade Club, Unit 3, Abbey Retail Park, Savins Mill Way, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3RP.
Discover the city’s secret cocktail bars
There’s nothing more romantic than a secret cocktail bar no one else knows about. Leeds has got lots of them, if you know the right places to look. There’s Blind Tyger, with its Prohibition-style decor and cosy corners to hatch plans in. Or how about The Maven? Through the unmarked door and up the stairs, with impeccably dressed bartenders whipping up creative cocktails to sip on. Fancy more of an escape? Tiki Hideaway transports you somewhere tropical, with a classic Pina Colada served in a frozen pineapple.
Check out the best secret cocktail bars in Leeds.
Get lost in the drama at the theatre
Leeds’ theatre scene is thriving, and it could be your perfect date night. Get swept up in all the emotion of the plot, admire the beautiful sets and sing along to the show tunes. Whether you’re a lover of drama-filled classic opera or you prefer a rip-roaring West End show, there’s something on offer for everyone. You could head to Leeds Grand Theatre for the thrill of opening night on the latest sellout show. Or catch modern takes on classic shows alongside new works at Leeds Playhouse. Don’t forget your interval ice cream!
Check out what’s on in our monthly theatre guide.
Watch the sunset together
Sit in quiet contemplation as you watch the sun go down in a spectacular array of pinks, oranges and purples. But where are the best spots in Leeds? There’s the Surprise View at Otley Chevin, giving you magnificent views over the valley and a romantic spot to settle down in. You can see picturesque vistas from the top of the Cow & Calf rocks too. Prefer to watch the sunset with a drink in your hand and a plate of something tasty in front of you? There are lots of rooftop bars across the city that make for an ultra-romantic date.
Check out the best rooftop bars in Leeds.
Enjoy music together at a gig
Take a walk through Leeds and there’ll always be something that catches the ear. Our city is bursting with incredible live music venues, you just have to find the right one for you. Book a gig to see an internationally-renowned rock band at O2 Academy Leeds, get a preview of an up-and-coming folk star at the Brudenell Social Club or just pop into Sela Bar to see which resident band is on. Whatever you and your partner are into, you’re sure to find live music to ensure your night is one to remember in Leeds.
Check out the best music venues in Leeds.
Dine at romantic restaurants
Romantic dinner for two? Leeds has got you covered. Kendell’s Bistro ticks all the boxes for a traditional date night. Intimate candlelit tables? Check. Decadent French food? Check. Relaxed service? Check. If you prefer your dinner date to be an elevated affair, then Crafthouse has got everything you need. From oysters to chateaubriand, this truly is fine dining. It’s even got gorgeous panoramic views across the city. Like sharing? Ibérica’s authentic Spanish tapas are perfect for that affectionate ‘feeding each other’ moment.
Check out the most romantic restaurants in Leeds.
Enjoy a perfect picnic in one of Leeds’ beauty spots
Enjoy those cloud-less skies and that glorious sunshine with a picnic packed for two in one of Leeds’ most beautiful spaces. You can enjoy the ruins of a 12th-century monastery at Kirkstall Abbey, and head to the Abbey House Museum after you’ve polished off your pork pies. Or earn your sandwiches with a five-mile hike around Eccup Reservoir, then settle down to try and spot 150 different species of bird on the lake. For a choice of settings, try Harewood House’s acres of landscaped grounds and manicured gardens.
Check out the best picnic spots in Leeds.
Get sensual in a salsa class
Want to add a little spice? Then salsa it is. A fun, lively dance with Afro-Cuban roots, salsa brings you and your partner close together for sexy steps and spins. Whether you’re a complete beginner or you’ve been dancing for years, there are plenty of salsa classes in Leeds to get the body moving and the brain learning. You can find drop-in sessions and full-blown courses, all taught by the city’s salsa experts. So what are you waiting for? Put on your dancing shoes and grab your partner for a night of dance floor sensuality.
Check out the best salsa classes in Leeds.
Go wine tasting at Lazy Lounge
If you and your partner have a taste for the finer things in life, then a wine tasting will be right up your street. Lazy Lounge’s wine tasting session lets you slurp your way through seven different wines from across the world. You’ll try vino made of Trebbiano grapes from the hills of Abruzzo, a delightful Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a quaffable Zinfandel from California. They’ve even got some food and wine pairings for you to try. This is an informal chat, but you’ll learn how to pick a perfect bottle.
Lazy Lounge, Unit D, Westpoint, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY.
Take in some culture at the city’s finest art galleries
Coffee in hand, marvel at some of the most important artwork in the country at one of Leeds’ art galleries. There’s the Henry Moore Institute, with its focus on showcasing world-class sculpture. Ranging from figures and forms to sculptures made from food and up-cycled materials, there’s lots to get the cogs whirring. Next door, at Leeds Art Gallery, you can find one of the biggest collections of 20th-century British art in the UK, including important works by Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth and Damien Hirst.
Check out the best art galleries in Leeds.
Revel in an evening of jazz at The Domino Club
Hidden below a barber shop and down a set of stairs, you’ll find The Domino Club. With a sultry speakeasy vibe, this underground jazz bar offers the perfect date night. With live music almost every night, you can sit in your own leather booth and enjoy one of their signature cocktails while you listen to the blues, funk and soul stylings of the live band. Sip on a glass of High Jinks – a tart, bitter mix of gin, Aperol infused with roasted red pepper, vermouth and Fernet. For something sweeter and fruitier, try the French Martini.
The Domino Club, Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.Cover image credit: Ali Turner