Meet Serious Singles in Derby to Start Dating Today

Famous for – and named after – its greenery, Derby is renowned for its river views and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. But if you’re looking for some not-so-conventional Derby dating ideas, look no further than Match.

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Derby Date Ideas

You’ve matched and started to talk to each other – but what to do next? It can be challenging to find the ideal first (or second or third – you get the idea) date near you, but fear no more! Match is here to suggest some of the best date ideas in and around Derby. So, pick one to suit you and your special someone and begin your Derby dating journey today.

Music Dates in Derby

Listening to music can reduce anxiety, improve memory and help form emotional connections – so if you’re a nervous dater, going to a gig just might be for you! What’s better than going to a live gig (now we can again) or show and talking it through afterwards?! With that said, we’ve found some of the best places to see and hear live music when dating in Derby.

  • Derby Theatre

It’s not all serious and Shakespeare (although if that’s what you’re into, there’s plenty on offer) at Derby Theatre. There’s an array of musicals and comedy on show. Just remember to ask what your date enjoys before booking them into a dark comedy to avoid a Derby dating disaster.

  • Déda

A theatre-cum-cabaret, Déda is dedicated (no pun intended) to bringing music and dance to the people! From jazz to dance classes, Déda is one of the most popular entertainment venues in Derby, so be sure to look up the schedule and book before you show up.

  • The Hairy Dog

Definitely on the cooler, edgier side of music, The Hairy Dog is a 400-capacity venue with a focus on alternative culture. Proudly loud and open until 3 a.m., if you’re trying to gain style points, then look no further than The Hairy Dog.

Culture Dates in Derby

Some of the dating world’s best hits! Talk over an art show or snuggle up to watch a film. Culture is back after the pandemic and Derby has some dating gems.

  • Derby Odeon Luxe

What’s more classic than the cinema? There are so many reasons that going to see a film is a dating staple – and why not do it from the comfort of a sofa seat? After the past year, reliving the simple pleasure of being able to see a film on the big screen is more poignant than ever, and it’s the ideal place to get closer to your date (consent permitting, of course).

  • Derby QUAD

A more artsy approach to the film date trope, QUAD hosts exhibitions as well as contemporary films. So, if you’re talking to someone who can’t decide whether they’d prefer a wander around a gallery or a new-wave movie night, QUAD is the place to go.

  • Hollywood Bowl Derby

Embrace the Americanisation of dating and visit the bowling alley! Bowling isn’t just for friends – it’s a playful and more relaxed way to take someone out. Try not to get over-competitive (not the best dating attitude), and come up with some silly names to put up on the board.

  • House of Holes

Not just an ordinary mini-golfing course, House of Holes has drinks, music and food all as part of the experience. As an adults-only mini-golfing venue, House of Holes has graffiti-themed decor and some ridiculously themed (and definitely adults-only) holes to enjoy.

Nature Dates in Derby

Derby is well-known as a place of green expanses. With national parks and even a World Heritage Site, get to know someone special over a summer stroll in a park or looking out the window of a café to shelter from the rain.

  • Markeaton Park

A 200-acre park on the edge of Derby, Markeaton Park is a great place to take someone who might have children who would enjoy the donkey rides, play parks and bouncy castle – sorry, no big kids allowed!

  • Kedleston Hall

Into architecture? Look no further than the neo-classical mansion at Kedleston Hall. Dating from the 1760s, the hall hasn’t just got historical parkland but it also plays host to an extensive art collection, and even Keira Knightley has visited!

  • Darley Park

Within walking distance of the city centre, Darley Park provides some picturesque views and peaceful walks for nature lovers. Every year, it hosts the Darley Park classical concert, which is exactly what it sounds like! It’s a great place to take someone who can’t go too far out of town but still likes to wander amongst the greenery.

Dance Dates in Derby

Get moving! Learning how to dance is an effective way to bond with someone. You’re not just learning a new skill yourself but solidifying a sense of communication (physically and otherwise) between you and someone else.

  • Dance Cubana

Get on your dancing shoes and take a class at Dance Cubana! Priding themselves on being able to teach any ability, Dance Cubana is a predominantly salsa-based dance school with classes for everyone.

  • Gotta Dance Derby

Providing professional-level dance instruction as well as beginners’ classes, Gotta Dance Derby is a great place to take someone special to learn a new skill together. From ballroom to Latin, you’ll be pretending to be on Strictly Come Dancing before you know it!

Derby Date Restaurants

Having a conversation over dinner is probably the best way to get to know someone seriously. Everyone needs to eat after all, so who would refuse?

  • The Wonky Table

An independent restaurant with rustic decor, The Wonky Table is a great place to take someone who cares about supporting local businesses and enjoying delicious food! With a seasonal menu and a sun terrace (if you’re lucky enough to get some sunshine), The Wonky Table is dating in Derby made easy.

  • Joiners Arms

Located in Quarndon village – worth a visit itself if you’re one of the Derby folks who hasn’t been yet – Joiners Arms is a traditional pub setting to take someone on a long weekend to relax and have some time out of the city.

  • The Cock Inn at Mugginton

Opened in 2016, The Cock Inn is an award-winning pub and restaurant outside of Derby itself. As well as a smattering of live music – always a good date idea – the menu includes locally sourced ingredients, so it’s perfect for someone who cares about where their food comes from.