Date Ideas in Gloucestershire *

AD| When thinking of locations to visit in the UK, Gloucestershire may not be high up on your wish list. But with our picturesque countryside, historic sights and beautiful architecture, it’s the ideal place for a weekend break or a date night with your SO.

Even if you’re single or planning to visit with friends or family, there are plenty of activities to choose from. And if you are looking for someone special to spend time with, why not try a Gloucester Dating Site?

No matter who you choose to spend your time with, there are so many things to see and do in Gloucestershire… and here are just a few of my favourites.

Movie Night

Starting off with a classic date night idea – dinner and a movie. But if you’re looking for something a little bit different to your usual cinema experience, try out the Screening Rooms in Cheltenham, followed by dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby. I would highly recommend dessert at Creams (who do some great vegan options).

Another great option is to catch an outdoor movie during the Summer months, with Alfresco Film or The Lost Cinema, who both offer events in many Gloucestershire towns and cities.

Gin Tasting

Situated in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, The Cotswold Distillery showcases many gin and whisky tastings throughout the year, so it’s the perfect date idea for any budding connoisseurs. And you can usually get a great deal through Groupon too.

Go for a Walk

The Costwolds are a beautiful part of the UK, so why not explore one of the quaint Costwold villages like Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water (which is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds) or Stow-on-the-Wold.

If you’re looking for something a little more woods-y then the Westonbirt Arbortoreum is a great choice. They put on various events throughout the year including their Enchanted Christmas.

Visit a Museum

If you’re looking for a cultured way to impress your date, then head to one of Gloucestershire’s many museums; such as the Soldier’s of Gloucestershire Museum which tells the story of local regiments, the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water which is ideal for car enthusiasts, and Cirencester’s Corinium Museum which is full of Roman artefacts to enjoy. Honestly, you really are spoilt for choice.

One of my favourites happens to be Stroud’s Museum in the Park where you’ll explore the beautiful grade II listed mansion house.

See a Show

Gloucestershire boasts many theatres but one of my favourites is The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, with it’s stunning architecture and a wide range of productions being shown throughout the year.

Get active

With the Cotswold Water Park in the heart of Gloucestershire county, it should come as no surprise that there are a wide range of water sports on offer. From kayaking to stand up paddle boarding (SUPs) and even an inflatable water course, you really are spoilt for choice.

However if it’s too cold to get out on the water or you’re looking for something a little more competitive, there are other sporting activities to try out. One of my favourites is cross bow shooting at the Cotswold Range, or snowboarding at Gloucester’s dry slope. But I’d also love to try indoor rock climbing at Gloucester Climbing Centre, or trampolining at Cheltenham’s Airborne Trampoline Park – both look like they’d be a lot of fun.

Hot Air Balloon ride

Get a birds eye view of some of Gloucestershire’s picturesque countryside by taking a hot air balloon ride. Flights are available from Gloucestershire’s Staverton airport or ‘The Capital of The Cotswolds’, Cirencester.

Catch a game

Bundle up and get ready to cheer on the cherry red and whites at the Kingsholm Rugby Stadium. It’s a great group activity and even if you’re not a huge fan of the sport, you’re sure to get caught up in the atmosphere.

Go for a dip

The Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham is open until 7.30pm between April to October, making it ideal for an evening dip with your special someone. The lido also boasts a sauna where you can warm up afterwards and lovely lawns to share a picnic.

But if you’re feeling really brave you could challenge each other to their Christmas Swim, which has been a tradition for the past 50 years!

Another great alternative is the Outdoor Swimming Pool in Cirencester, which was the second largest city in Roman Britian and home to the oldest public outdoor swimming pool (in continuous use).

Embrace your competitive side

Challenge each other to a round of crazy golf at Cheltenham’s Mr Mulligans Lost World Golf or how about a few games of bowling at Hollywood Bowl.

Travel Underground

Explore some of Britain’s oldest underground mine workings at Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean. Travel 200ft underground, with the chance to crawl and explore through the mysterious mines. Make sure to wear suitable footwear as the ground can be uneven and wrap up warm!

Visit a Zoo

Whether you visit the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford (which is technically Oxfordshire but still The Cotswolds) or get splashed by the penguins at Birdland (which has happened to me!), a zoo is a great place to spend time with someone. You could even pack up a picnic and enjoy the sunshine on one of the many parklands.

Of course there’s also Slimbridge Wetland Centre where thousands of Bewick’s swans migrate to from Arctic Russia each Winter.

Movie themed sight seeing

Explore the corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and see where the famous blockbusters were filmed, at the iconic Gloucester Cathedral.

While you’re in the city take a stroll to the historic docklands where movies such as Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic and childhood favourites Rosie and Jim where filmed. Does anyone else remember them plodding along in their old canal boat?

Another great filming location in Gloucestershire is Puzzlewood which saw the likes of Merlin, Star Wars and Doctor Who.

Have you ever been to Gloucestershire? If not, I hope I’ve convinced you to pay a visit soon. 💞

* This is a sponsored post.


  • Claire

    December 1, 2019 at 10:23

    Such lovely ideas. You definitely had me at gin!

  • Kelly Diane

    November 27, 2019 at 12:12

    Great post packed full of so many ideas that I’ve now got a long list of places to go. I’d love to do a hot air balloon ride, I watched one a couple of weeks ago at Cotswold airport and it looked like a lot of fun.

  • Sophie Naylor

    November 17, 2019 at 17:39

    I’ve never been to Gloucestershire, but it seems like such a fun and beautiful place! Gin tasting sounds right up my street, haha. 🙂

    Soph – x

  • Ashley

    November 14, 2019 at 23:21

    Gloucestershire sounds like the perfect place to spend some alone time with your partner. It’s only when you sit down and really think just how much fun you can have on a date night. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tips xxxx

  • Lisa

    November 14, 2019 at 14:50

    I didn’t know Cheltenham had a Lido, I’d better put that on my list for next summer, it’s a lot closer to us than Plymouth! And I’m always up for a Gin Distillery visit too, don’t need to wait until summer for that one 🙂 Great ideas here, Kim, not just for couples either, thank you, Lisa x

  • Sophie Wentworth

    November 13, 2019 at 23:30

    I’ve never been but I imagine some parts of Gloucestershire are absolutely beautiful to take a walk. Gin tasting is always a fun event too! I really like that there are good suggestions for every budget here as well x


  • Lauren

    November 13, 2019 at 20:06

    What a great list of fun and exciting date night ideas! I have never been before, but sounds like there is plenty to do! Thank you for sharing these ideas Kim! Xxx

  • Tiffany

    November 12, 2019 at 06:35

    I have never even heard of Gloucestershire but it seems like there are so many things to do in that town!!

  • Allie Mackin

    November 8, 2019 at 16:35

    Ah, thanks for all these tips. Would love to travel to the UK again. Hopefully I can some day soon.

    Allie of

  • Inna

    November 7, 2019 at 18:04

    These are great ideas. I love the hot air balloon and playing golf the most 😀 Sounds like so much fun! Thank you so much for these lovely ideas. So cute 🙂

  • Lisa Marie Alioto

    November 5, 2019 at 18:49

    These are such great idea – many of which can be expanded to a variety of locations!

  • Chloe Chats

    November 5, 2019 at 12:58

    Some lovely date ideas, I love the idea of gin tasting, would be very fun, I’d probably get a tad drunk too which could be good if it was a first date and you were feeling a bit nervous hehe. Me and my partner should probably do more fun date things, a lot of our dates are staying in with a takeaway watching a film!

    Chloe xx

  • what corinne did

    November 4, 2019 at 18:07

    GIn testing is my sort of date! Love the idea! a day at the zoo is great too!

  • Tea spangsberg

    November 4, 2019 at 18:07

    This is such a great list and useful no matter we’re you are in the world. Only thing I didn’t like was the gin tasting. I never did much like gin hehe 😉

  • Jasmine Burke

    November 4, 2019 at 17:34

    These are such good ideas! Can’t go wrong with a movie night and I’m a particularly big fan of going to the theatre. I’ve never been to Gloucestershire but I would love to do a hot air balloon ride!

    Jas xx

  • Casey Anne

    November 4, 2019 at 17:25

    Love your ideas! I’ve always wanted to do a hot air balloon ride! Unfortunately, my boyfriend is absolutely terrified of heights. Maybe if he closes his eyes? lol The underground mines sound pretty awesome too!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    November 4, 2019 at 17:18

    Loads of really great date ideas here! Although I don’t think I could stomach a hot air balloon ride tbh – but it’s a really romantic idea for those that can! x

  • Britt

    November 4, 2019 at 00:49

    I find that the places that are a little lesser known or often overlooked make the best weekend getaways! We’ve been starting to explore a lot of the local towns and cities to find out what they have available as of late

  • Caz / InvisiblyMe

    November 3, 2019 at 10:45

    I live in Gloucestershire! You’ve mentioned quite a few things in the Brewery complex in Cheltenham, that’s an ideal place for a date night if you want activities because it’s all in the same vicinity, like the cinema, foodie places, bowling, mini golf, ice-cream etc. But obviously all of that can get quite pricey. There are some gorgeous parks, like Pitville Park, for a stroll or a picnic, and places like Imperial Gardens are great in the summer for being in the middle of town. Can’t say I’d particularly want to venture into Gloucester for a date, but there are plenty of places in Cheltenham and surrounding Cotswolds that you mention that are lovely ideas! 😊
    Caz xx

    1. Kim

      November 3, 2019 at 10:54

      Small world! I’ve never explored the parklands in Cheltenham to be honest with you. Gloucester has some rough areas that’s for sure lol but the docklands can be great for a walk around. There’s also foodie places there too. Thanks for your comment, I’ll make sure to check out Pitville Park.

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