18 Unusual Date Ideas in Birmingham, UK

Narrowboats in Birmingham | © Neil Howard/Flickr
Narrowboats in Birmingham | © Neil Howard/Flickr
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer31 August 2017

Are you fed up of the same old date nights? Restaurants, cinemas and walks boring you? Never fear, Culture Trip is here! We’ve rounded up 18 of the most unusual and fun date ideas you could need, from water zorbing to butchering your own half-pig. Have fun!

Go to Cadbury World

Relive your childhood with a trip down memory lane at Cadbury World. Situated in the leafy suburb of Bournville, a tour of the chocolate factory is a wonderful day out for all ages.

Play mini golf at Cannon Hill Park

Everyone loves a spot of mini golf, right? Golden Putter Mini Golf is a 36-hole course with obstacles and water hazards, which should keep you both on your toes…

Join a Peaky Blinders tour

For Peaky Blinders fans, there’s no better option than Peaky Tours. Join local historian Carl Chinn on a tour of Digbeth, where he reveals the real secrets of the infamous gang led by Tommy Shelby.

Escape from a locked room together

This is better than it sounds, honest! You have 60 minutes to work together and escape from a locked room bearing a theme of your choice, including murder mystery and horror.

Attend a theme night at the Mockingbird Cinema

The Custard Factory’s Mockingbird Cinema often hosts theme nights where fancy dress is encouraged in the form of quizzes or movie marathons. Examples of their latest events being every Harry Potter film screened over a weekend and a Spiderman theme, as well as a recent Rick & Morty quiz theme.

The Mockingbird Cinema often hosts theme nights | © The Mockingbird/Facebook

Take to the slopes at Ackers

At Ackers Outdoor Adventure Centre you can indulge yourselves in anything from archery and canoeing to skiing and tobogganing, so what are you waiting for?

Race your date at Grand Prix Karting

Let your competitive side free (but not too much…) on a date with a spot of go karting. This course is one of the most renowned in the country and is situated just one mile out of the city centre.

Take to a Tolkien Trail

Fans of Lord of the Rings may be surprised to know that author J.R.R. Tolkien grew up in Birmingham and there are various walking trails in the south of the city which unravel the inspiration for his books. Swat up and impress your date!

Play foot golf

Held in Harborne, foot golf is a hybrid of football and golf, where you implement golfing rules but have to kick a football in to the hole instead.

Play a spot of pinball at Tilt

Tilt is an independent coffee, craft beer and pinball bar based in the city centre of Birmingham. Regular pinball competitions also take place, so if you’re particularly good, here’s one way to impress your date.

Go on a canal boat ride

Birmingham is fortunate enough to be surrounded by more miles of canal than Venice, so make the most of it with a romantic boat trip.

A canal is a perfect, scenic spot for a romantic walk | © David South / Alamy Stock Photo

Walk on water

This is one to guarantee laughs! Perhaps to be used as an ice breaker, why not take your date water zorbing in Birmingham?

Smash things up in the Rage Room

Let your collective anger out together in the rage room. Perhaps the most unusual of the lot, here you’re able to smash up anything from old computer screens to photocopiers with a baseball bat, and it’s totally safe to do so.

Bounce around at a trampoline park

This isn’t just for kids! Treat your date to a bounce around at Birmingham’s newest indoor trampoline centre in Kings Norton.

Go to The Flapper’s pub quiz

Everyone’s favourite local rock boozer and venue The Flapper host their popular pub quiz each Thursday night, perfect for a unique date idea. Even better if you win the cash pot.

The Flapper, Birmingham | © Flapper/Facebook

Feed the animals at Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Also at Cannon Hill Park is the former Nature Centre, which is home to an array of animals including wallabies, goats, otters, lynx and red pandas.

Dance the night away at Snobs

Okay, so it’s not that unusual, but we couldn’t leave everyone’s favourite indie club out. Snobs has been at the heart of Birmingham’s alternative scene for 45 years now, so treat not only your date, but yourself.

Bake your own bread at Loaf

Loaf is a staple of Stirchley’s creative community and they offer multiple classes like baking bread, seafood masterclasses and they can even teach you how to butcher a half-pig!

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