Dating can be expensive – dinner, drinks and movies all add up, especially if you’re seeing someone worth the costs. The port city of Aberdeen is a beautiful place to date, and you’ve just got to be a little creative to find some romantic but cultural date options that won’t cost you a penny. I have compiled my absolute favourite date ideas that will inspire you to learn new skills, get healthy and expand your mind as you get to know your date in Aberdeen for free.
1. Attend a lunch hour concert at Aberdeen Art Gallery
At Aberdeen Art Gallery, there is a great line-up of free concerts to attend during your lunch hour. It’s a perfect option for meeting a date who loves culture, but lacks time due to a heavy workload or has children to look after in the evening. Browse the extensive list of concerts here.
2. Have a bike ride along Aberdeen Beach boardwalk
The two-mile stretch of the beautiful, sandy Aberdeen Beach is the perfect setting for a romantic dog walk or paddle in the sea. Also perfect for a race or ride along the boardwalk for fitness lovers. Enjoy the sound of the waves and watch the seagulls as you get to know your date. No bikes? No problem. Borrow your bikes for free from beCyCle, Aberdeen’s community bicycle workshop.
When asked about the dating scene in Aberdeen, dating site comparison website, Top Aberdeen Dating Sites commented, “There are a great range of free and affordable, but memorable hotspots to take a date in Aberdeen, come rain or shine, whatever the budget. Our favourite spot has got to be Aberdeen Beach at dusk, with a picnic and a bottle of champagne.”
3. Spot dolphins at Aberdeen Harbour
If you walk along the Aberdeen harbour’s edge, you may catch sight of seals and dolphins that often play near the entrance. What could be more romantic than watching dolphins play whilst breathing the fresh sea air?
4. Attend a free Edinburgh Quartet concert
It’s rare to have the opportunity to listen to music for free, but the vastly popular Edinburgh String Quartet provides free concerts that includes numbers by Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich. Open to all, and hosted all over Scotland, you’ll find a concert and a date to suit you.
5. Take a free workshop at Aberdeen City Library
Aberdeen City Library host free workshops such as drawing, sketching and crafts for those who like to get creative. It’s a perfect chance to learn a new skill or hone an existing one for free whilst enjoying the company of your date in a relaxed atmosphere.
6. Meditate with your date at Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre
Meditation is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when figuring out where to take a date. It’s actually a great opportunity to wind down and be in the company of someone new without the pressure of having something to talk about! You’re sure to be super-chilled following your session, and have something to talk about afterwards.
7. Take a guided tour of Aberdeen Maritime Museum
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If you’re of a nervous disposition around new people, especially ones you’re attracted to, a date idea like this is a great option as there is always something to turn your date’s attention to if you feel the conversation is drying up. The free tours at Aberdeen Maritime Museum are a perfect introduction to the Museum which tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the sea.
8. Listen to the Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery
If the history of Aberdeen interests you, a free Lunchtime Talk at Aberdeen Art Gallery may be right up your street. It’s the perfect way to spend a lunch break from work, or a midday date.
9. Go on a nighttime bike ride
If you’ve gotten to know someone a little better, you may want to look for things to do at night that don’t involve drinking and eating. How about attending a free nighttime bike ride around Aberdeen’s centre, hosted by beCyCle, Aberdeen’s community bicycle workshop?
10. Master the orienteering courses at Duthie Park
For dry days, orienteering is a fun activity to enjoy with a date. There are two free orienteering courses at Duthie Park in Aberdeen. It’s also a great option for dating single parents who want to spend time with each other’s children.
11. Have an outdoor adventure with the Countryside Ranger Service
If you love nature, consider attending a free outdoor adventure with the Countryside Rangers. From mushroom spotting to guided walks, to shelter buildings, there is something for every taste and age.
12. Get to know the countryside with a Health Walk
For those looking to increase their physical activity, take part in a series of free Health Walks. As well as getting some fresh countryside air whilst chatting to your date, you’ll also get to burn a few kcals.
Keep your game fresh by introducing some cultural but affordable dating options into your life. You and your date will be sure to have fun whatever the cost.
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