Cold weather dating ideas

Wintry weather and grey skies are enough to make you want to hibernate instead of date, but there are still plenty of romantic ways to spend time together when there’s a chill in the air.

Visit a gallery
Browse an exhibition together in centrally-heated comfort and share a slice of cake and a mug of something warming in the café afterwards.

Go to a boutique cinema
Multiplex cinemas are so over. 2011 is all about the boutique cinema where you can snuggle together on a luxury sofa and be served snacks and drinks while you watch. Trés civilised.

Watch the match
Embrace the chill by wrapping up warm and standing on the terraces to cheer on your favourite team.

Be mall rats
Eat, drink, shop and relax  – whether you’re just window-shopping or out to spend some serious money, shopping centres have it covered under one (nice and warm) roof.

Stay indoors
Cuddle-up with the one you love on the couch and watch your favourite show or a film. Don’t forget the popcorn.  Slanket optional.

Play games
Instigate a bit of friendly competition by firing-up the Playstation, Xbox or Wii and holding a mini videogame tournament for two.  Or if videogames aren’t your thing, go retro with a game of Scrabble or cards.

Go ice skating
Show-off or slip and slide your way around one of the many outdoor skating rinks that pop-up during the colder months.

Seek snowdrops
There’s nary a more scenic nor romantic setting for a date than a field of freshly bloomed snowdrops. Visit a National Trust park for a country stroll to seek out the first signs of spring.

Make a meal
Don an apron and get chopping and peeling. What better way to warm up than in front of a hot stove preparing a sumptuous feast together.

Make a snow date
Freshly fallen snow is an ideal excuse to behave like children: have a snowball fight, make snow angels, go sledding and build a snowman. Defrost in front of the fire with a hot toddy afterwards.

Go dancing
Work up a sweat and really get each other’s circulation going with a night of strutting your stuff on the dance floor.

Meet for a hot drink
Forget meeting at a bar for cool cocktails and hook up at a café for a hot chocolate or latte instead.

Have a duvet day
Brrr, it’s cold outside –best keep warm and have some fun under the covers.