Beautiful orange and red leaves. The smell of bonfires. Rosy cheeks and warm, cosy pubs. There’s something really romantic about autumn, isn’t there?
Bristol is full of romantic spots. From the Christmas Steps to Birdcage Walk, there's plenty of places to visit where you can soak up some lovely autumn romance.
And if you're looking for date ideas to do in the city, then you're in luck! Because Bristol is full of exciting and unique date experiences you can try. There's things you can do on a date in all corners of the city, from Bedminster to the city centre, Clifton, Oldmarket, to name a few.
Whether you're on a first date or a 200th date, shaking things up with a unique date night experience is a great way to get to know one another. Do you know how your date would fare in a zombie apocalypse? Well, now you can find out! Take them to a virtual reality experience and you'll get to see their combat skills first-hand.
On top of this, Bristol Film Festival is back this autumn for another lineup of classic film in iconic locations around the city. You can go and see a romcom in the Bristol Museum, or test your nerves and opt for a scary movie in Redcliffe Caves. See here for our guide to what's on.
And for those looking for a classy evening out, the Bristol Beacon is also hosting this year's natural wine festival- Native Vine. Spread over 4 floors, you'll be able to try as much natural wine as you like, from over 200 producers. Cheers to that!
So without further ado, below is our guide to the top 10 best unique date ideas in Bristol (2022):
- Go to a natural wine fair at Bristol Beacon
- Take them to a stargazing and pizza-making night
- Have a go at axe throwing together
- See a classic fillm in a unique location with Bristol Film Festival
- Go on a fancy dining experience at a Michelin star restaurant
- Try a private pottery wheel workshop for two
- Go on a ghost walk and haunted pub stop tour
- Ride a tandem bicycle together in the countryside
- Go for a romantic dinner date while blindfolded
- Play board games and drink craft cider
1. Go to a natural wine fair at Bristol Beacon
Have you ever tried natural wine? Well, now is the time! This autumn, Bristol is seeing the return of the popular natural wine fair- Native Vine, which will take place at the Bristol Beacon.
Set over 4 floors, you'll be sampling as much wine as you like from over 200 different producers. Classy and lots of fun, this one is sure to get the conversation flowing.
2. Try stargazing and eat wood-fired pizza
Could there be anything more romantic than stargazing? At this stargazing and pizza night, you and your date will be learning about the universe all around you. You will use a telescope to observe the night sky, looking out for particular planets, stars and constellations.
After that, you'll be getting your hands messy with some pizza making. Stretch your dough and load up your toppings before popping it into a wood-fired pizza oven! Delicious.
3. Have a go at axe throwing together
Throw an axe? On a date? Yes, really! This axe-throwing experience in the city centre is the perfect way to have a giggle and do something active on your date.
You'll be taught the basics before taking aim and throwing your axe at targets. This one is so unique, you'll be sure to have plenty to talk about. Competitive, active and lots of fun, this one will hit the bulls-eye!
4. Go see a classic film in a unique location
This autumn's Bristol Film Festival has a stellar lineup of classic cinema in iconic locations across the city. And on the list are plenty of romantic or upbeat screenings to choose from.
You could go for something heartwarming and see The Holiday at Bristol Museum. Or, have an excuse to hold their hand and go to see a scary movie in Redcliffe Caves. Either way, these ones will definitely take your typical cinema date to the next level.
5. Take them on a fancy date for that special occasion
If you're a foodie living in Bristol, then you've probably heard of The Ethicurean! This Michelin star restaurant is locally famous for serving up delicious and unique dishes, with ingredients grown in their own walled garden.
This special dining experience at The Ethicurean will give you the whole fancy dinner package. You will be treated to amuse-bouche in the beautiful garden, cocktails and canapes in the glasshouse, followed by a curated seasonal menu. Round off the evening with petit fours and a nightcap by an open fire. Lush!
This one is sure to be pretty magical- perfect for food lovers, special occasions or even for anyone looking to pop a partiuclar question!
6. Go on a pottery wheel spinning workshop for two
Any fans of Patrick Swayze here? If you've seen the film Ghost, then you know how romantic pottery throwing can be! On this private pottery-throwing experience, you will both be getting messy and learning how to use a pottery wheel to throw shapes like vases or bowls.
Has your partner always wanted to give wheel throwing a go? Do they love watching the Great Pottery Throw Down? Well, surprise them with this experience and they'll be smiling for days to come. You'll be leaving with homemade pieces that you can display proudly!
7. Go on a haunted & hidden ghost walk and pub stop
You might have already visited some of Bristol's famous pubs, but did you hear about the ghosts who live there? On this fun and fascinating ghost walk and pub tour, you'll be hearing all about the poltergeists and spirits that haunt the centuries-old pubs around the city centre.
And at £10 a ticket, this is the perfect pre-drink experience. Why not round off the night with another pint (or two!) in the haunted pub? We'll be right behind you!
8. Ride a bicycle made for two in the countryside
The cool breeze in your hair. Crispy leaves all around. An adorable tandem bike for two! This bicycle ride in the country is the cutest way to get out into the great outdoors for some quality time together.
You will be collecting your tandem bike before setting off along the picturesque Strawberry Line cycle path. Stop off along the way for a tasty picnic, included in the experience.
9 Go for a romantic dinner date while blindfolded
Want to turn your typical dinner date into something a little different? Then this blindfolded dining experience is one to try!
In this experience, you and your partner will be treated to a 3-course dinner, all cooked for you by a professional chef. Because you will be blindfolded, your other senses will be heightened. What can you taste? What can you smell? Can you identify particular ingredients? This will be one dinner you won't forget!
10. Play board games and sample artisan ciders
Prepare to get your head in the (board!) game with this board games and cider experience. You will be choosing from a huge selection of fun games, all while sampling some tasty artisan ciders at an independent taproom.
This one is a great way to get chatting as you go head to head. Competitive and a barrel of laughs, it's sure to score points!