How to make winter dating fun

Cock an ear to the breeze at this time of year and you’ll hear a peculiar sound. That faint wail that meets you like a wisp of fog is in fact the nation’s collective sigh as British Summer Time ends. Henceforth, us Brits must face the day with gritted teeth as we wake in the dark and leave work after the sun has set. But fear not, the pleasure needn’t stop when moon rises – especially when it comes to the world of romance. On the contrary, night time is the perfect backdrop for romance Here are some suggestions for dating in the dark…

Wine and dine
Nothing says warm and cosy quite like the word ‘supper’. Wow your date by taking them out of the cold and into the snug of one of the UK’s many supper clubs. Details of these part-time pop-up restaurants – which are often in people’s homes – can be found online.

Picture this
The cinema maybe an uninventive date venue, but it’s perfect for those dark winter nights. While Blighty is plunged into darkness and lashed with rain you can vicariously experience the Californian sunshine by watching a high school rom com. For extra romance, try the couple’s seats at London’s Prince Charles cinema.

Bottoms up
There’s nothing wrong with just taking your date for a drink. This nation’s boozers were made for hiding away after sunset. For the ultimate olde worlde experience, go to The George in London’s Borough. Its labyrinthine rooms were once frequented by William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. If you want to go darker still, try booking a table for a cocktail at a dimly-lit speakeasy such as Milk & Honey.

Web of love
Use the dark nights to give online dating a whirl. Draw the curtains, pour yourself a glass of wine and dim the lights  and browse through the gorgeous singles who might be able to light up your life!

On the town
Our capital city does not lose any of its beauty when the sun goes down. Why not let this scenic setting provide the backdrop for your date? Several companies – including Bateaux London – offer evening dining cruises down the Thames. For sheer romance, this one’s hard to beat.

Love is a rollercoaster
For a high-octane – yet sun-free – date, go to Alton Towers over the Bonfire Night weekend. From Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4, the theme park’s rides will stay open until 9pm. There will also be a spectacular fireworks display each evening.

Meat and greet
How better to while away a winter’s evening than a medieval feast? The Sussex town of Rye, whose surrounding woods are home to wild boar, is holding a Wild Boar Week from October 27. Eighteen venues in the town will offer medieval themed menus serving old-fashioned fare such as boar, pigeon and pheasant.

Blood lust
There’s nothing like fighting the undead to simultaneously bring people together and keep the winter chill at bay. (This is just one of those bits of homespun wisdom – like how you need white wine to get out red wine.) Walking corpses can be slain at one of’s zombie experiences. Events take place in Manchester, Reading and London.