Kelly Davies

Ah relationships. They are wonderful things but they can go a little bit stale. So here are 5 unique date nights for couples.

1) Hit the pool

Leicester has a variety of swimming pools from the Queen Elizabeth Pool on campus to those further a field. However I would recommend Leicester Leys Leisure Centre in Beautmount Leys. It is easily acessable via the hospital hopper (free to students upon presentation of their student card) and is only £5.20 at peak time and £3.40 at quieter times. It’s main pool features a regular wave machine, as well as a smaller kids pool full of squirting things and mini slides. There are also 2 flumes of varying speeds and several lifeguards on duty. There are also shops, a library and a very cheap pub on the opposite side of the road.

2) Become a ninja warrior

Just a 35 minute walk away, Ape Index has the honour of being the UK’s biggest purpose built Ninja Warrior obstacle course. It is £7.50 for an adult’s class and these take place on Thursday from 6-7pm. I am still trying to convince my other half to try out a class with me.

3) Take a selfie with Bambi

Bradgate House is just over 20 minutes in the car but is worth every minute of the journey. Firstly because of it’s beautiful ruins of the former Bradgate house where they sometimes do performances in the summer months. However its big selling points are the incredbibly tame deer that roam the park, at dusk you can get incredibly close to them. There is also a couple of nice streams which make ideal spots for romantic picnics.

4) Meet the birds

Located 25 minutes away by car is a a 6.5 acre attraction known as Tropical Birdland. They have aviaries where you can feed the birds some meal worms, have a quick glance at some baby chicks and encourage a parrot to talk. There is also an on-site restaurant for a quick lunch and a playground (because who doesn’t want to be a child again). It is also very cheap, Students only pay £6.50 and there is a 10% voucher on www.kidsvouchers.co.uk (make sure you sign up first, it’s free).

5) Take a lovers leap

Scientists have proven that if you and your partner partake in high adrenaline activities, not only will your relationship be stronger but it will also make you both feel better physically. Leicester outdoor pursuits have different public session Monday-Thursday that give you the chance to do everything from Bushcraft to Leap of faith. All you need is some suitable clothes, the willingness to try something new and they will provide all of the safety equipment.

So grab your special guy/girl and enjoy all of these new date night ideas and don’t forget to take lots of pictures.