Unconventional dates in Birmingham for every type of person

Whether you’ve only just swiped right on Tinder or you’ve been together for years, forget fancy meals and picnics in the park and consider one of our more adventurous alternative date options instead.

Rock Up Birmingham

It’s probably not the best idea for a first date, but if you’ve sussed out that you’re both quite sporty and fancy a bit of a challenge, Rock Up Birmingham might be the best option a few dates down the line. It doesn’t matter if you’re really trying to show off your upper body strength or simply there for a bit of a laugh, rock climbing is definitely a fun alternative to traditional date options.

If you’re feeling extra brave after your 55-minute climbing session, there’s also the option to impress your date and add a ‘Leap of Faith’ for £3 extra, where you can take the plunge from an 18ft high platform to reach the other side.

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Ghetto Golf

For an 18-hole crazy golf experience like you’ve never seen before, Ghetto Golf in Digbeth is the best place to take a date. Open until 1 am every night of the week, there’s no rush to leave and you can even indulge in some delicious street food choices and a cocktail or two after.

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Teamworks Karting Birmingham

Take the wheel and get competitive at Teamworks Karting Birmingham, where a 30-minute session will get your pulse racing and your adrenaline pumping. It might not be the most intimate date, but it’ll definitely be one to remember.

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Escape Live

Think you’ve got what it takes? Not for the faint-hearted or easily stressed, Escape Live gives you 60 minutes to break free from a room using a series of clues. Rated the top activity in Birmingham on Trip Advisor and with a variety of themed rooms to choose from, including Dr Wilson’s Office, Room 13, The Lab and Time Machine, this will test your patience, focus and compatibility as a pair to see how well you can work together to get out.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or you still need the barriers up to hit a pin, get your bowling shoes on and head to Bowlplex Broadway Plaza for a date that’s sure to make you feel like a kid again (for all the right reasons). After your ten-pin bowling match, carry on the fun at the arcade or take the short walk to Brindleyplace for a bite to eat.

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Feed the Penguins at National Sealife Centre

National Sea Life Centre

For the animal lovers out there, this super cute feeding experience is a date you’re never going to forget. It may be on the pricey end of the scale at £105 per person, but for that, you’ll get admission to the Sea Life Centre, a guided behind the scenes with the experts and at least 20 minutes to go in with the penguins. It’s certainly not the most glamorous date, but for something different this ticks all the boxes!

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Gin Tasting at The Jekyll and Hyde

The Jekyll and Hyde

Located in the city centre, Jekyll and Hyde provides a quirky date option for those with a certain taste for gin. Take part in a gin-tasting masterclass and you’ll learn all about the spirit before creating your very own cocktail with a few interactive activities along the way to keep things interesting.

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