Looking to spend some quality time with your other half?
After a year of home schooling, working from home and generally feeling worn out we believe the parents of York deserve to spend some quality time with their other halves and enjoy a good old fashioned date night! To help inspire you for your outing we have rounded up a selection fun and foodies activities in York that are ideal for a date night, are a bit different and sure to get you flirting with each other like teenagers!
For those on a tight budget we also have a top 10 list of fun free things to do together either out and about or at home.
🍜 Foodie Date Nights 🍜
Step into the cosy setting of the Speakcheesey for a date night like no other. Behind the velvet curtain at Love Cheese is a small, unique bar and restaurant where you can indulge in fine wines, incredible cheeses and delicious food. With date nights ranging from cheese and charcuterie, to pizza and prosecco; Love Cheese could be your next favourite date night.
Build your own cheese boards and enjoy with charcuterie and wine, or enjoy a pizza paired with a bottle of prosecco! With vegan, vegetarian and meat options, there’s something for everyone.
If you fancy something totally unique then how about a 5 Course Cheese and Wine Tasting? This is the perfect date experience for wine and cheese lovers. Enjoy 5 cheese and wine pairings ranging from light and delicate, to flavour filled and bold.
Pairings Wine Bar is an award-winning, independent wine bar run by sisters, Kelly & Kate, who are passionate about pairing wine and food.
They offer a range of private wine and gin tasting experiences available at a time to suit you, perfect for your child free night out. Prices start at £30 per person for The Fine Wine Experience, a bespoke two hour tasting hosted by one of their in-house Sommeliers where you taste five fine wines, or for the true Pairings experience accompany your wines with the Sommelier’s suggested food pairings. Further information can be found here.
For those who would rather choose their own drinks, they also offer local beers, gins and cocktails to enjoy alongside sharing boards and platters featuring the absolute best in locally sourced charcuterie and artisan cheese. Visit their website for the latest Food & Drinks menu. Gift vouchers alsoavailable.
York Tasting Tour by Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours
Why go for a meal at one place when you can enjoy a culinary and cultural tour over FIVE of York’s great independents. Enjoy an afternoon’s food tour with us walking around the city stopping at several great eateries to have a delicious tasting while learning about the passion and people behind the food with the help of our guide, a good Yorkshire lass. A great way to spend time together with tasty food and good company.
£55 per person. Available on Fridays and Sundays.
To Book: must be booked a week in advance. You can book on our website OR to take advantage of our 10% offer to readers of this blog, email us with the title York Mumbler, tell us which date you would like, your contact details and whether you have any specific dietary requirements and we can get you booked on!
We all deserve to be spoilt and what better way to treat ourselves than a cinema experience like no other. The ViP Experience at Cineworld York is perfect for that long overdue date night, with some great movies to choose from and even more on the way, what better excuse do you need to make a trip to the cinema extra special?
You’ll get to recline and relax in our luxury seats and spend time before the movie in our private lounge. With complimentary dining and unlimited cinema eats included, we’ve got your whole night out covered in one ticket!
The Floodlit Evening Cruise offers an ideal opportunity after an evening meal at one of York’s numerous nearby restaurants and hotels, to finish your night over a drink or two. This 70-minute circular cruise will leisurely meander up and down the River Ouse as you listen to a relaxing blend of swing and jazz background music. Our on board floodlights will illuminate the riverside for you, as you see the river-scape from a different perspective. Boarding commences at 20.45. The boat departs at 21.15 from our King’s Staith Landing. The boat returns to King’s Staith at 22.25
The Floodlit Evening Cruise will sail on one of our five vessels, each of which has an enclosed heated saloon, at least two toilets, and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, hot drinks, and snacks.
Visit the World’s Most Magical Golf Course in York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre in York, and take on 9 magical golf holes. Along the way there will be bubbling cauldrons, magical portals, a giant picture frame where you become part of the painting…and can you do a Light Spell to illuminate the way in our dark hole?
Wizards are welcome to wander inn to our Wizard Tavern any time and enjoy a potion and a nibble. Nothing beats a Wand Dog, GrobbleNachos or Uni-Pop-Corn to repower a Wizard after 9 holes or a long day in York with non-magicals.
You can also quench a thirst with our Spellbound Butterscotch Beer and for wiser older Wizards our poisonous Enchanted Butterscotch Beer, or maybe a magical cocktail is more to your liking.
Looking for some friendly competition for you and your partner? Why not see who can get the higher score at Tenpin York with some of the lowest-priced bowling around. Or you can see who has the better aim with Tenpin York’s Sector 7 laser arena and Batfast cricket & baseball simulator. As well as taking a turn on one of the many arcade machines, or a game of table tennis or pool. No need to dress up fancy, just turn up ready to get your game on.
York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 250 years and is one of the country’s leading producing theatres. Each year, the theatre entertains over 200,000 people with its wide variety of performances, events and activities including the much loved annual pantomime.
In this city of ghosts, York Theatre Royal brings you The Haunted Season. As the nights start to draw in, we fill our stage with spirits and shadows, good and evil. Join us (and our resident ghost, The Grey Lady) to escape from the challenges of the outside world to a world of wizardry, wonder and wit. Our centre piece is our first ever co-production with the National Theatre – Yorkshire’s most famous ghost story, Wuthering Heights, directed by the visionary Emma Rice and performed by her Wise Children company.
Check out the full line up of shows in the Haunted Season guide which runs from the 9th September till 24th October.
If you are on a tighter budget here are 10 ideas for a free or cheap date night:
Go for a romantic walk – need some inspiration of where to go? Check out our 50 Family Friendly Walks blog. Walking without the kids is a great opportunity to check in with your partner to see how they are doing. In the hustle and bustle of family life it can sometimes be hard to check in with each other properly without any interruptions.
Geocaching – If you have never heard of Geocaching check out our guide on what it’s all about and where you can find them in York. It’s not just for kids, grown ups can have just as much fun hunting down these hidden treasure chests around the city. Why not tackle some in the city centre and grab a bite to eat while you are out and about.
Trails & Treasure Hunts – Did you know that there are loads of FREE trails around the city of York including a cat trail, tree trail and even a squirrel trail? Check out our handy guide and download a free map to start your adventure.
Puzzle or games night – Put down the remote and grab a puzzle or board game. Board games are great way to have some fun on a budget, and if you are bored of the usual suspects why not check out some recommendations here and discover something new.
Bake together – get out your cook books and get ready to bake! Why not make something new, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to bake a cake so make something specially for the grown ups to enjoy, maybe add a splash of wine or liqueur to your recipe for a truly indulgent treat! BBC Good Food is also a great source of inspiration for recipes.
Go Star Gazing – You might have to travel a little outside of York to get a good view of the stars so why not take a picnic, watch the sun set and enjoy a spot of star gazing together. Here are some top tips from the National Trust on how to get the most out of it.
Make a family bucket list – Why not spend the evening planning your family bucket list. It’s hard to find time to stop and think about what things you want to enjoy as a family before the kids grow up and leave home. So why not use this as an opportunity to write down all the things you’d like to do together.
Cocktail making night – Discover some new recipes or create some of your old favourites from the comfort of your own home! Cocktail making is a great activity to do together, first of all spend some time researching some new recipes you’d like to try then have fun concocting and enjoying them together.
Family Photo Album – I don’t know about you but I never seem to find time to print off my photo’s. Why not spend an evening going through old photo’s and make a photo album together. You’ll have lots of fun remembering the good times and the kids will love looking through the results with you.
Fish & Chip Road Trip – With a great selection of beaches on our door step why not head to the coast for a fish & chip dinner date. You could also take stroll along the seaside after or have fun in the arcades at the 2p machine!
Can’t get out the house? Check out out blog on Stay at home date night ideas inspired by lockdown but very useful if you can’t get hold of a baby sitter!