Whether you’re looking to take it slow, for a full-blown romance or speed dating, Ipswich is a great scene for singles! Match not only helps you find local dates but also aids in criteria searching for particular interests, from art to music and other personal passions. Once you have found an ideal match you share interests with, there are many romance opportunities in Ipswich, from cinema and museum visits to long country walks or an elegant evening at a cocktail bar.

Ideas for Dating in Ipswich

The beauty of dating in Ipswich is that it can be as diverse or as niche as you like in offering a mixture of landscapes. Once you register your account, sexual preference and location with Match, you’ll be the first to hear about the widely popular Match nights and socials in your area. In the meantime, listed below are several date ideas perfect for a variety of experiences with a fellow Ipswich single.

Music Date Ideas in Ipswich

Arguably, music and food are the two most universal interests. Few things can bond a potential romantic couple more than discovering a new music artist together and sharing in a live experience. Even if you’re both into different genres, the Venn diagram can overlap over wine, pizza and a new band.

  • The Smokehouse

The Smokehouse is an intimate 88-capacity live music venue in the heart of Ipswich’s vibrant multicultural quarter. Since opening in 2016, The Smokehouse has been hosting over 100 original gigs per year curated by local, regional, and national artists and promoters. So get your boogie on and hear the latest sounds coming out of Ipswich.

  • The Music Room Ipswich

A 450-capacity grassroots music venue in Ipswich that has been booking touring bands since the early 2000s, The Music Room’s goal is to keep Ipswich on the map for national and international artists alike by showcasing the city’s passion for music – so get on in there!

  • Ipswich Corn Exchange

For a more formal evening, head to the Corn Exchange – a lavishly decorated two-storey venue hosting live music concerts within a larger theatre.

Culture Date Ideas in Ipswich

A cinema or museum trip is particularly great for those who may sit on the shyer side of the fence. Absorbing culture while watching a film or walking through an exhibition allows for some silence, reflection and introspection. It also provides a great conversation starting point for that chat over coffee post-movie or show.

  • Ipswich Museum

Located on High Street in Ipswich, this museum is a registered museum of culture, history and natural heritage. They host a particularly interesting collection of sculptures too, for those interested in art.

  • Christchurch Mansion

A Tudor brick mansion built by Edmund Withypoll around 1548–50, this stunning construction presents rooms decorated and set up in period style which you can stroll through accompanied by a historical tour. Enjoy the lavish grounds and interior as you enter and escape into another time with your special someone.

  • Popcorn Movies Drive-in Cinema

Located further out on Ipswich Road, this retro drive-in cinema will transport you to the 1950s. Hold hands while watching classic flicks from Pretty Woman to Jackie Brown as you get nostalgic and romantic over a box of popcorn.

Nature Date Ideas in Ipswich

Despite being a town, Ipswich offers an array of natural beauty. Dates in nature can get creative, from botanical gardens to outdoor exhibitions. So pack your flask and take in the fresh air.

  • Piper’s Vale

A 19.7-hectare local nature reserve on the southern outskirts of Ipswich, Piper’s Vale hosts a diverse range of habitats, including heath, reedbeds, scrub and alder carr.

  • Bixley Heath Nature Reserve

a 5.1-hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the eastern outskirts of Ipswich, Bixley Heath Nature Reserve is wistful and mystical in a very English fashion. Take a walk on these grounds and you’ll transport yourself to a Jane Eyre novel – how romantic!

  • Mill Stream Nature Reserve

This 4.7-hectare local nature reserve is beautiful in all seasons. The sun peeks through the branches of various types of trees and you can almost always hear quiet signs of peaceful wildlife.

Casual Restaurant Date Ideas in Ipswich

Ah, the dinner date! Arguably the most popular of all the date categories. However, the struggle early on can be finding the perfect balance between smart and casual. A setting that feels too posh can be awkward and intimidating, but a fast-food chain equally does not allow for comfortable conversation to flow. Here are some picks that perfectly strike that balance:

  • Bistro on the Quay

This former warehouse now boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed beams within which international fare is served. The perfect balance of classy and casual; enjoy roasted duck with a crisp glass of white as you feel chic, confident and ready to date!

  • Takayama

This Korean-Japanese fusion restaurant serves up all your favourites. Again, classy meets casual in this black and white, modern environment of leather and glass. Share some sushi or enjoy a katsu curry as you get to know each other.

  • Mariners Restaurant

What’s more romantic than a boat restaurant? Adorned in cream and brown tones and topped with a golden chandelier in its centre, this is the perfect date when you feel like you’re starting to get serious. From duck confit to lemon meringue pie, Mariners doesn’t disappoint.