Top Ten Movie Dates
It's award season, so in honor of film's endless ability to provide us with date entertainment, we'll take a leaf out of their book and some scenes out of their screenplays and get some date ideas from the people who create magic on the silver screen.
The Birthday Party – Notting Hill
You may not be dating an American movie star like Julia Roberts, but you can adopt the American policy of Plus One. Any family or social event is your invitation to invite a date and let them see you in your natural habitat amongst all your crazy friends and relatives. Just let your host know ahead of time that you're bringing someone and check if your date is a vegetarian...
The Lunch – The Holiday
Fancy a lunch date at a country house hotel a la Jude Law and Cameron Diaz? Well you can head to the very same one they used for shooting The Holiday at Ston Easton in Somerset, or visit a little closer to home at a partner hotel.
The Cooking Lesson – Bridget Jones Diary
You may not have the skill for blue soup, but invite your date over and cook together for some friends. If in doubt, ask Delia what to do and you can't go too wrong...
The Rendezvous at Dawn – Elizabethtown
You may not be able to arrange the all night phone call, but you could arrange to meet for dawn at a viewpoint like Kirsten Dunst did with Orlando Bloom. If you are very lucky it will be a clear day, but bring a consolation prize in case it's not – like coffee or hot chocolate.
The Boat Ride – The Notebook
Time to stick your oar in. Don't worry if you can't organize the white ducks, Ryan Gosling couldn't either (yey for CG magic). But a boat ride is always romantic anyway, sans the ducks. Even if it rains it's good to know it still isn't over!
The Weekend with the Family – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Don't try and lose a guy by introducing them to your crazy family, they'll just be even more endeared. Don't think Meet The Parents, think happy ever after as you take a weekend trip home. Just make sure you take off for obligatory ice-cream at some point.
The Sports Match – My Fair Lady/Pretty Women
It doesn't have to be a fancy horse race or polo match, your local footie team, rugby or basketball match all work for a fun, and a little more casual, day at a sporting event. Maybe give your date a few pointers on etiquette so they don't pull an Audrey.
The Desert Eating and Antique Hunting – Maid of Honor
Find out the best desert place in town and try out your McDreamy abilities. Take it to go and walk the park, antique shop and chatter the day away. Just make sure you let them know they are more than 'just a good friend'.
The Famous Landmark – Sleepless in Seattle
We may not have the Empire State Building (or a matchmaking little boy), but we have some equally iconic landmarks (think Tower Bridge rather than Stone Henge). Meeting somewhere dramatic raises the bar for the date and the relationship.
The Dancing - Dirty Dancing/Titanic
It doesn't have to be dirty to be dancing. Look up local classes or hit the clubs to throw your date in a spin. If you can find some live Irish folk music let us know and we'll join you. Dancing is a bold move, but then nobody puts you in the corner...
None of them appeal? Well there's always dinner and a movie...