You don’t need to have a partner to enjoy going out on a date. Taking your friend out for some special one-on-one time, going on an adventure, and making some brilliant memories is the ultimate way of showing them how much you love them.
If you’re looking for something cool and quirky to sink your teeth into, then these are the experiences for you. These mate date ideas are perfect for enjoying the best of Bristol with your BFF; from woodland foraging to aerial silks, and from axe throwing to fabulous pub tours- we’ve put together a list that has something to suit any pair of bezzies.
1. For the competitive pair: An axe-cellent night out
We know just the place, right in the heart of Bristol, for a spot of urban axe throwing, Yes, you read that correctly- urban axe throwing.
This experience is perfect to let off some steam after work with some good old-fashioned throwing of sharp objects. Once you’ve chopped ‘til you drop, you can relax and enjoy a complimentary beverage. Pizzarova can also be found on-site, so why not enjoy some pizza whilst you’re at it?
With instructors to guide you through, this is perfect for absolute beginners.
Click here to book axe throwing at Whistlepunks
2. For the two that enjoy a brew: Pub crawl like a pro
Want to discover Bristol via some of the best pubs in town? Then this is the perfect experience for you.
Whether you are a Bristol newbie or native, you’ll uncover something new with this tour that brings the rich history of this beautiful city to life. You’ll also take your tastebuds on a tour whilst enjoying some outstanding locally-brewed beers.
With goodie-bags in hand, you’ll have a brilliant time adding new hotspots to your stomping ground.
Click here to explore the Old City and Bristol's best pubs
3.For the body-positive babes: Shake and shimmy with an intro to Burlesque
Embrace self-love and body confidence with one of the sparkliest styles of dance to learn! Burlesque is all about comedy as well as glitz, so you are sure to be in for a few laughs during this experience.
Our fabulous burly host will provide some bubbles for you to enjoy whilst you master the art of the tease and all the finery and props that come with it.
Just bring your gorgeous selves in whatever you want to wear, and let our host show you the ropes (or tassels).
Click here to try your hand at burlesque
4. For the team with taste: A Mexican street food evening
A date is where you warm things up and get a bit spicy, but let’s taco ‘bout enjoying some salsa with your pal-sa with a Mexican street food evening.
Discover the authentic flavours of Mexico with our top chef Monica, and make sure you come hungry as you’ll be able to munch on your creations along the way! You are also welcome to bring your own beer and wine to this experience, so make sure to bring a couple of Mexican lagers to enjoy with your feast.
Click here to grab your spot at the Mexican street food evening
5. For the gamers meeting up IRL: An out-of-this-world VR experience
Step into a reality of your choosing with this fully immersive VR experience. Pick from simulator style or full-body VR and fly through space on a rollercoaster, deep dive with creatures of the deep, or battle your mates for first place on the multiplayer car track.
With multiple different games to try out, there’s something to throw yourself into whatever your gaming style. This experience is available for groups of up to 6 and is suitable for both kids and kids at heart. With its central location, ImmotionVR is in the perfect spot for a day full of activities.
Click here to jump into your VR experience
6. For the friends that are fly: An aerial arts adventure
Enjoy a taste of the circus with our professional aerialist host on the Clifton Downs. This experience is perfect for friends that are always looking for something new and unusual to do (with plenty of opportunities to get pics for the ‘gram).
Choose aerial silks, aerial hoop, dance trapeze (or a bit of all three), and try your hand at something spectacular. This location is perfect if you want to take it trap-easy after and enjoy some food on Whiteladies road or take a walk and visit the goats at Goat’s Gulley.
Click here to run away with the circus
7. For the eco-conscious compadres: Upcycle some sustainable style
Give new life to some of your favourite wardrobe staples that need a bit of refreshing. TikTok and Instagram are filled with people getting thrifty and ditching fast fashion to create one-off pieces of art that you can wear- and you can have a go too.
Our experienced host will guide you through a complete re-vamp of whatever you decide to bring; some creps that are less than fresh, a hoody that’s seen better days, some jeans you want to gleam- the choice is yours.
Why not swap items with your mate and see what you can create for each other?
Click here to re-love your preloved