Fun Mate Date Ideas to Enjoy This Summer

afternoon tea with sandwiches and scones

Spending time with friends is so important; our friends keep us grounded, give us advice and a shoulder to cry on when we need it. But these relationships need to be nurtured, and while we're all busy it's always worth finding the time when you can to get together and spend some quality time in person. Grabbing a coffee or lunch is great, but how about doing something a little different? Here are a few ideas for fun mate dates that will allow you to make memories and have a laugh with the ones who matter most.

Eating and Drinking
This is an easy one, and something that’s going to appeal and be suitable for most friendship groups. It could be a hot drink in a coffee shop, a casual breakfast or brunch or for something more formal, an evening meal in a restaurant. It could be a couple of cocktails at a bar or some relaxed drinks at a pub.  Afternoon tea has become hugely popular again, especially at the moment with the gorgeous weather we've been having. It's nice to get outdoors and enjoy some fancy finger sandwiches and delicate nibbles in the sun and it's easy to set up yourself. Alternatively you could go to a fancy restaurant or hotel and have afternoon tea there, if you look on Groupon there are always deals so it needn't cost much. They all give you the option to upgrade to a sparkling afternoon tea where you get a glass of prosecco or champagne too! Decide on your budget and the kind of thing you’re after, and you’re bound to find somewhere suitable. Do some research and discover places that are local to you. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try places you have previously overlooked, it will help keep things interesting and you might find some new favourites! Sites like Trip Advisor can be handy as you can read reviews, and get an idea of what to expect at different places.

A Night On the Tiles
If you’re in the mood to get glammed up, after a few drinks how about a night out at the casino? It’s something a bit different, and you’re lucky you might even win some cash. You don't have to be a lover of gambling to enjoy it, you could always just set aside a few pounds for bets and try your luck. Bingo is another fun activity you can do with friends, it’s becoming increasingly popular with younger people and isn’t just for little old ladies anymore!

Going on an Adventure
Fancy getting active and doing something more adventurous? This is especially useful if you plan on getting healthier in 2017 as you’ll burn loads of calories while having fun in the process. You could arrange a hike or a camping trip. You could go paintballing, go to a theme park or book something like Go Ape which gives you the chance to go abseiling, zip wiring and high-wire tree climbing. If you fancy something a bit more fast paced, a theme park makes a fabulous day out. Something that both girls and guys will enjoy, throw the idea around in the group chat it's bound to go down a storm! You can often get deals like two for one entry on promotional products to keep an eye out. Theme parks close down for the winter later in the year, so if you do want to go then now is the perfect time to do so. With a bit of luck you'll get a nice sunny day. Look online and see what kind of things are easy for you to get to. Give new things a chance, if you’ve previously turned down or overlooked adventurous activities now is a great time to start. 

Spa Day
Sometimes a day at the spa is just what the doctor ordered. A swim in the pool and a relax in the jacuzzi, a light lunch followed up with some pampering treatments. Manis and pedis, massages, mud baths and much more are on offer. A fantastic way to spend time with your girlfriends, you'll leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. 

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