The Ideal New Year’s First Dates Revealed

Britain is a nation of daters, as proved by the rise of dating sites such as Match or EliteSingles, and the New Year is one of the most active times for dating, as those New Year’s Resolutions to find new love start to take hold.   

So, you’ve been on your dating app or website, or possibly just taken a chance and asked out a stranger; but the next step then becomes deciding what to do. How do you make that first date extra-special and stand-out from the dating herd? Deal site aggregator Bownty asked 1,000 Britons which activities appeal for a first date and some surprising results came back…

Seeing the sights…

Just over a quarter of all total Brits questioned, at 27%, claimed they’d like to do a city tour for a first date. This option appealed the most to Brits aged 35-44, at 36%, but to those aged 65+ the least, at just 21%. Regionally, a city tour appealed to 30% of Londoners, while appealing to 36% of those from Yorkshire. And it seems ladies prefer seeing the sights to men on a date, as weighing in at 31% to 22%, respectively.

If music be the food…

While choosing the right band and musical genre might take some thought, 27% of Brits in total asked said a music concert would appeal for a first date, with a greater 34% of those aged 45-54 stating so. And while only 20% of those asked from Yorkshire preferred this option, the least number of recipients regionally, a greater 36% of those from the South West agreed music could be the food of first love.

By land, sea or sky…

Many Brits opt for action-packed first dates. Just over a quarter surveyed, at 26%, stated riding the waves on a boat trip would appeal. A fifth of Brits, at 20%, would enjoy a walking tour, 14% a helicopter ride, 12% go-karting and a brave 4% would pick sky-diving for a first date.

Something for the weekend…

And some like it chilled. 10% of Brits stated a spa date would appeal and even 3% picked yoga for a first date. And an incredible 1% of Brits asked stated pole dancing lessons or a boudoir photoshoot would be a great first date scenario.

Though it seems Brits may still be a traditionalist nation at heart, as 80% in total of those questioned agreed the more conservative option of drinks and dinner also appeals.



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