Right, let’s throw ourselves into 2015 with a great leap into the physical dating unknown! Let’s get physical doesn’t always have to mean the horizontal mamba. Let’s burn off those holiday calories and have muchos playful fun with our partner whilst we’re at it. It you want to put a bit of fun, snap and sizzle in your dating life then get imaginative and step out of the cinema, the bar or the restaurant and live a little. If it’s freezing cold or belting down with rain and the date has been moved inside to your place, and let’s presume you’ve been on more than one date; what’s more fun than getting out a game of Twister with cocktails to match? Yes it takes a little chutzpah to propose this idea and you might want to suggest she does not come over in a mini skirt…..well we’ll leave that detail up to you.
Dating options that involve activity are brilliant and make for shared fun, great conversation, laughs, anecdotes and memories. What’s more romantic than meeting early morning for a horseback amble through Hyde Park followed by brunch in a great Bayswater or Notting Hill café? Spend an evening learning about wine together in the cellars at Berry Brothers. Beef up your high flying circus skills at Gorilla Circus Trapeze School in Regents Park. Take a rib boat adventure on the Thames. Try indoor sky-diving at the London Parachute School as a dating alternative.
If you need to stay closer to ground how about cooking classes at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease? Spin your wheels and have all the excuses in the world to hold hands and wrap your arms around each other at Roller Disco in Vauxhall. Or shimmy into Pineapple Studios for a Samba class and dance on over for Tapas following at Pix Pintos on Neal Street. Tube out to Richmond and pick up some rental bicycles and explore the park in the winter fresh air. Make sure to pack hat and gloves for 2! Walk Primrose Hill for the best view of London and give your date a copy of Dodie Smith’s “101 Dalmatians” as this is where the dogs barked the message about the puppies held captive by Cruella deVil. But rule number one; do your homework! Find out if your dear heart is afraid of heights, horses, or boats. Don’t pressure them into doing something that terrifies them or leave them watching from the side lines.
Dates that are not entirely sedentary are a big winner, and offer you the opportunity to surprise and delight your partner. A little physical dating activity is a wonderful way to get to know each other and have a really great time.
By Martin Turner
Martin Turner has had a 25 year global career in events which resulted in the book Travel Secrets in 2010 and a new career in journalism and lecturing. A recent graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Art, he has won his way into the heart of the VIDA team while zooming about the planet on new assignments and escapades.