Best alternative Valentine date ideas

Best Valentine date ideas for couples 2022

by clueQuest
published on 21/01/22

Nothing says I love you like time spent together with your significant other. Whether you believe in the tradition of Valentine's day or you think your love doesn't need a nudge on a particular day it is still a great excuse to show your partner how much you care. So we've collected our top picks for a memorable Valentine's day date.

Here at clueQuest we are all about playing together and we strongly believe that it's one of the best if not the best way to create new memories with those we love. Games simply bring people together in a joyful way. They are natural conversation starters, they help you forget about the world for a few hours and focus on the right there and then. And last but not least they are an instant mood lifter with all the giggles and fun that comes along with playing so here are our top picks for this Valentine's day.

1. Curling

You might have noticed that we are quite fond of winter sports here at clueQuest so we shall start the list with an option to enjoy the remainder of winter. If you don’t know what curling is, you are basically sliding granite stones as close to the target as possible. Perfect for a double date night and a little friendly competition. The friendliness of it is optional ;D Head to central London for this activity.

2. Play an escape room

We had to include this, we are an escape room after all and we believe this is the ultimate adventure. In an escape room you can put your collaboration and communications skills as a couple to the test but more importantly so you can simply forget about the outside world for an hour and become a spy, pirate, astronaute, you name it. It's perfect for double dates as well if you like going out with other couples. Check out our spy themed escape room games near King's Cross. 

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3. Play a game at home

If you are not too keen to leave the house on Valentine's day and prefer to cosy up in your own nook then board games are a great option for you. The good news is that there are a lot of amazing board games for two. Whether you're into strategy, cooperative, word games or something else, you'll find one that's fun for you and your partner. We can't pass this point without mentioning our very own play at home escape game for Valentine's day: Mechanics of the Heart which is part of the Print+Cut+Escape series. Did you know that you can personalise the game with your very own inside jokes?

4. Play video games

Video games are just as fun as board games but they offer different kinds of immersion. No wonder that the game of the year in 2021 was It Takes Two which is specifically designed for two players. It's a heartwarming story about a couple learning to work together in order to save their marriage. It's a forced collaboration game where you can't solve the challenges without working together with your partner. What's there not to like?!

5. Minigolf

Minigolf has been around for decades now and they are just as fun as they used to be. You can even claim that you did something that has a bit of exercise value to it. ;) Head to your local minigolf arena for a fun night out and sip away your favourite cocktail. Check the coolest mini golf courses in London.

6. Geocaching

If you are someone who likes to avoid the crowds during Valentine's day this one is for you. Make a date with Mother Nature herself and explore the beautiful landscapes and forests around your home. To spice up the hike just look for a geocaching game where you are following GPS coordinates to find a hidden treasure. Don't forget to bring something to leave behind. Round off the walk with a pub stop or a home cooked meal at home.

7. Bocce, cornhole, croquet or other yard games

Don’t feel like leaving the house but you feel guilty for staying in? How about if you only had to go as far as your own backyard. Set up a game of Bocce, cornhole or croquet and set a prize for the winner like the loser cooks the romantic dinner while the other person relaxes in the bathtub. Only your imagination is the limit.

Whatever you choose to do in the end just be sure to make some time for each other. As you can see from the list it doesn’t necessarily have to be anything extravagant. Simply say I love you with a game and the meaningful time spent together.

 
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