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Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Claire Hillman

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7 Alternative date ideas in Reading

Bored of taking your other half to the cinema or out for a meal? Mix things up a bit with these alternative date ideas!

1. Jazz and Music at Artigiano

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This late night coffee shop is perfect if you like a bit of European culture. Offering a wide range of hot drinks and alcoholic beverages, plus an amazing selection of food, Artigiano is open from 7.30am so you could enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch there!

For music fans check out the live Jazz Nights on Wednesdays and Live Acoustic Nights on Thursdays which both start at 7.45pm.

2. Romantic Walks

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If you fancy a nice romantic stroll how about the following?

Along the River Thames – starting in Caversham head west towards Mapledurham House, or east past the Marina and on towards Sonning.

Along the River Kennet – pick a section and perhaps stop for a picnic or lunch at a pub? The Cunning Man on Burghfield Road, or The Butt Inn in Aldermaston Wharf are definitely worth trying.

Silchester Roman City Walls and Amphitheatre – if you’re interested in history then these ruins are really cool to walk round. Stroll round the outside of the walls, or wander through the middle, and the Amphitheatre is on the east side which is also worth taking a peek at! Only a 25 minute drive from Reading.

Past Caversham and out towards Peppard Common – head beyond into the Chilterns are miles of woods and lovely countryside. Get some route inspiration here.

3. Ice Cream Sundaes

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Feeling indulgent?! Share an ice cream sundae…or better yet, have one each! Creams on Oxford Road or Treatz on Friar St are both to die for! With a ridiculous selection of ice cream flavours, plus crepes, cakes, waffles or milkshakes to choose from. Open from 11am – 11pm (12am on weekends)

4. Canoeing at Dinton Pastures

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Dinton Pastures is a great place for picnics and walks, however you can also hire canoes or kayaks there which is way more fun for a date! Only £6 to hire for half an hour and open 11am to 5pm on weekends only.

5. Pick your own fruit and veg at Grays Farm, Wokingham

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One of the best summer activities! Open from late April through to October, it offers a huge range of fruit and veg to pick – from strawberries and raspberries, to runner beans, courgettes and potatoes!

6. Dance Lessons

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Got two left feet? That doesn’t matter! Take a dance lesson together and impress one another with your moves (good or bad)! The Rising Sun Arts Centre has a selection of classes which include Argentine Tango, Salsa or Jazz. Check out the timetable on their website.

Or try the County School of Dance if you’re a fan of Strictly and would like to try some Latin or Ballroom. The timetable of their classes can be found here.

7. Comedy and Curry at The Shehnai

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Every month the Shehnai on London Street welcomes comedians from all over the country and serves it with an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet – a truly amazing combination and just £23 per person. Definitely a date with a difference!


About the Author

has lived in Reading since 2012. She has a background in media and is currently working in the Automotive industry. She loves comedy, music, radio and baking.



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    If my imaginary girlfriend took me to a jazz night, she would be dumped. Or she wouldn’t get any for a while.

  • A Resident in Reading

    Segway riding at Dinton pastures?
    Go looking for munjac deer in Reading Old Cemetery ?
    Visit a vineyard at Twyford or Hungerford?
    A walk along the Kennet to the Cunning Man at Burghfield

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