10 end-of-summer dates

Cling on to summer with these outdoor dates

With autumn officially upon us on September 23, now’s the chance to organise some last-minute summer dates. Cling on to the summer of love with one of these activities…

1. Last chance picnic
There’s nothing like unfurling a picnic rug and laying out the sarnies for an afternoon of lounging in the sun. But now there’s a slight chill in the air, choose an outdoor spot close to a café so you can get in a steaming mug of tea after lunch al fresco.

2. Take your pick
Pick the last of the summer yield at your local ‘pick your own’. You and your date can practice your team work while out in the fields, and the fun continues at home, where you can preserve a taste of the season in your own jams and chutneys.

3. Summer screen
Most summer events will be winding down, but check your local listings for any end-of-season events for the brave few willing to spend an evening outdoors. You might have the outdoor cinema screen all to yourselves, and a flask of warm tea and a picnic make for an A-list date.

4. Best of the fest
The festival season has crept further into autumn each year, with some small, sophisticated festivals happening around the country in September and October. Take your date for a spontaneous weekend away, and discover new bands – and ways to keep warm – together.

5. Stargazing safari
Before the nights get too cold, take your date out for the ultimate romantic activity of looking up at the stars. Drive to your nearest observatory and see if they offer guided ‘tours’ of the night sky, or do it yourself from the comfort of a country pub beer garden.

6. Crazy in love
Get into the swing of things with a round of crazy golf. You won’t feel the impending cold once you’ve starting putting and there’s only so competitive you and your partner can be when you’re playing on a novelty golf course!

7. Drinks on deck
Enjoy the last of the long evenings with an outside drink. While you struggled to find a table in your local beer garden in July, now you’ll be spoilt for choice. Just remind your date to bring a jacket, and order some warm bar snacks to keep you toasty.

8. All aboard
If your current date floats your boat, take them for a watery adventure down your local river or canal, or out at sea. It’s an excuse to dig out your comfiest clothes – in the name of survival – and show off your sporty side too.

9. Walk this way
Walking side by side is a great way to get the conversation flowing, so take your date on a seasonal walk around your most beautiful local park or nature reserve. If the date goes well, you can reward yourselves with a cosy lunch on the finish line.

10. On the market
Use a crisp, bright day to head down to a food or farmers’ market with your date. Sample local produce together, then buy good looking ingredients to cook up a cosy dinner for your good looking date.