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Whether it’s your first date or one hundredth, sometimes we all need a bit of extra inspiration for something to do. South Devon’s varied landscape, numerous eateries and unusual attractions offer up plenty of great places to enjoy a date. From watersports for the adventurous couples to fine dining to impress that new someone in your life, we’ve got some amazing date ideas in South Devon that are sure to guarantee both of you a fantastic time. Read on to find out some of our favourite date ideas in South Devon.

Get Active

If you like to stay active in your free time, why not do the same on a date? The region is home to plenty of awesome opportunities to enjoy an energetic date.

Why not go kayaking or stand up paddleboarding? There are lots of watersports providers in South Devon where you can hire equipment or even have a tour. Sea Kayak Devon provides day trips and guided kayak trips around the stunning South Devon coastline near Dartmouth. EXE Adventures offer the option of hiring equipment to use on Exeter Canal or on local beaches, the also run social paddles where you can join in with a group trip to a pub up the canal.

For a date with a difference, you and your plus one could head to the enchanting Haldon Forest and swing through the treetops with Go Ape! A great way to bond with an existing lover or get to know a potential partner, you can help each other through the fun and exhilarating high ropes course all in the beauty of a natural wonderland.

It may seem a little dull to go for a walk on a date but the scenery on offer in South Devon means that walking is nothing of the sort. Head to the South West Coast Path for staggering coastal views and plenty of secluded and romantic spots to stop for a rest or if you prefer countryside surroundings with an added bonus of history, the Blackdown Hills AONB has lots of great walks that will lead you to ancient sites.

Watch a Sport

If getting active on a date isn’t really your thing, why not watch other people instead! Attending a sporting fixture is a fun and relaxed date option if you both enjoy spectator sports.

You could take your special someone for a day at the races; bring out the competitive side of your date as you guess each winner! South Devon has two racecourses which offer up a great day out even if you’ve never before considered it! Exeter Racecourse holds racedays in the winter months and Newton Abbot Racecourse have their racedays in the summer months so there’s a venue to enjoy this fantastic sport all year round.

Perhaps you’re both rugby mad? If so, you’ll love heading to Sandy Park in Exeter to watch Exeter Chiefs play. With various food and drink options, an electric atmosphere and of course a guaranteed good game, it’s a great place for a date in South Devon if rugby’s your sport.

If a round ball is more up your alley, we’re not short of places to watch football too. With Exeter City FC, Plymouth Argyle FC & Torquay United FC all within the region, there will be ample opportunities to watch a game whilst you’re visiting.

Eat & Drink

When we think of a date, we typically think of going out to dinner, so eating and drinking had to be included in our date ideas in South Devon list, but at least in Devon there’s more than just mediocre restaurants.

For luxury fine dining, Devon is home to some amazing restaurants, some holding Michelin stars and run by top chefs; Lympstone Manor in Exmouth is run by Michael Caines and serves up some wonderful tasting menus. South Devon is renowned for its fantastic, fresh seafood and local produce so whatever restaurant you head to for lunch or dinner, you’re sure to be offered some delightful cuisine. The region is also known for its wonderful selection of pubs, perfect for a cosy date; think log fires, rustic beams and plenty of home grown ales and ciders, The Pig & Whistle in Littlehempston is the perfect place to snuggle up with a pint and loved one on those cooler days.

It’s no secret that Devon does the best cream teas so why not enjoy one for a date? From a riverside, boutique hotel such as Dart Marina Hotel to a rural, countryside hideaway such as Boringdon Hall, you’re bound to find that perfect romantic setting for a cream tea in South Devon.

Sampling new tastes and flavours is a great date idea and what better place than a vineyard, brewery or distillery in South Devon? The area's beverage industry is continuously growing and lots of makers offer tours of their grounds and behind the scenes access to the production of the delicious drinks. Sharpham Vineyard & Cheese Dairy provide great tours of the vineyard as well as the opportunity to sample a range of their wonderful wines and cheese.  

Chill Out

Sometimes a date is an opportunity to just sit back and relax and South Devon has plenty of places to put your feet up.

If you really want to push the boat out, why not head for a spa day with your partner. South Devon spas come in all sizes with various treatments and facilities depending on your preference. Aspara Day Spa at The Royal York & Faulkner Hotel in Sidmouth has a hydrotherapy pool, steam cabin, sauna and more for you and your loved one to enjoy.

Getting outdoors on a date is a wonderful way to enjoy the stunning scenery that Devon has to offer. You could head to one of the many beaches for a romantic picnic, or perhaps go to Dartmoor at night for a magical evening of stargazing with that special someone. For a date that will really impress, Aerosaurus Balloons provide champagne hot air balloon flights, a truly romantic affair and the chance for you to admire the vast landscape of South Devon from a different perspective.

Visit an Attraction

From petting zoos to fascinating museumsattractions are a safe bet for a fun date and South Devon isn’t short of any!

Paignton Zoo isn’t just for kids; adults can enjoy a super fun day out with the chance to get up close and personal with some incredible animals from across the globe. Visiting a zoo makes a great date at any stage of a relationship but particularly the beginning as there’s plenty to talk about and it’s way more relaxed than a fancy dinner.

Learning about heritage and culture isn’t for everyone, but if that’s your thing, heading to a museum for some quality time could be for you. The region boasts lots of museums, pretty much in every town, but one of our recommendations for a date is the Teign Heritage Centre in Teignmouth. Here you can discover the area’s history with plenty of interesting exhibits.

A ride on a steam train makes for a pretty special day out, so why not take your other half to South Devon Railway. The train passes through captivating countryside providing a great backdrop for an unusual date.

Go to an Event

South Devon hosts tons of events throughout the year so there’s sure to be something to suit your taste and budget.

For music lovers, you could find a concert at one of the many theatres in the area, or if stand up is more suited, some hold hilarious comedy nights. The theatres in South Devon offer a variety of other shows too, from pantomimes to musicals; you’re bound to find something you can both agree on!

The region’s special scenery means that many large and small festivals take place here choosing South Devon as their backdrop. Folk, jazz, literary and classical are just a handful of types that are on offer; check out our festivals section here to find the perfect one for you.

Hopefully we’ve managed to arm you with some top date ideas in South Devon so you’ll never be short of something to do with your loved one. Find out more about the region and keep up to date with events and new blog posts by following us on Twitter here.

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