Savour the warmth of summertime and do something different with your loved one. With just a little preparation you can create a real date to remember – share a new experience together, spend time watching the sunrise, or just bathe in the sunshine. Here are a few of our ideas to get you started…
Watch the sunrise
On a clear evening, or morning, set off together to watch the sunset or sunrise. Pack up some cushions and blankets and make a little seating area in the boot of your car for a little added luxury and warmth. Add your own personal touch and bring along your favourite snacks and drinks. If you find yourself in Cornwall, Pentire Point in Newquay is the perfect sunset setting, and Pendennis Point in Falmouth is wonderful for watching the sunrise, or take a look at some of our other Cornish sunset locations for inspiration.
Champagne and strawberries in the sand dunes
Is there anything nicer than snuggling up in the warm soft sand, in a cocoon of marram grass, with the sounds of the sea below you? Add a bowl of juicy strawberries, a chilled bottle of something sparkling and you have the perfect date.
Hire a tandem
Try something new together – such as hiring a tandem for the afternoon for a guaranteed date full of laughter. The Camel Trail in Cornwall is wonderful for cycling – almost completely flat, winding through beautiful countryside and ending at picturesque Padstow. You can hire tandems from both the Wadebridge and Padstow bike hire centres. Pop a picnic in the basket so that you can enjoy it along the way too.
Cold water swimming
Take a dip together in a cold water pool – whether it be a stream, lake, the sea or an outdoor pool. It’s a wonderful refreshing experience on a really hot day, or extra invigorating if there’s a chill in the air. Make sure you bring plenty of warm clothes and blankets to wrap up in afterwards, here’s our beginner’s guide for some more top tips.
A really thoughtful date idea that takes a little bit more work – create your very own cinema in the back garden or rooftop. Pick a dry evening, gather some drinks and nibbles and your loved ones favourite film and watch under the stars – so much better than another night in front of the telly. Take a look at our guide to creating your own garden cinema here.
Wander down the rows of summer berries together, picking and sampling the sun ripened fruits: strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and currants. With the sun beating down and birds chirping close by – there isn’t a more romantic way to spend a summer’s day. There are fruit farms scattered all over the country, the closest to Scarlet is Mitchell Fruit Garden open for fruit picking from June to September – they even grow courgettes and rhubarb. Then you can take your treasures home and bake to your heart’s content (you can freeze any leftover berries to cheer up your autumn).