7 Date ideas for parents in Cambridge


Even when you have young children it’s important to focus on having dates with your partner. Life gets very busy when children enter your lives and as wonderful as it is, it is very important to carve out one on one time for you and your other half. I firmly believe that happy parents lead to happy children.

If you’ve landed on this post then I imagine you’re a couple who really make an effort to go on dates regularly and are in need of new ideas. Alternatively you could be like us and haven’t even considered going on a date for ages or perhaps you’re looking to combine new date ideas with meeting new people and experiencing the Cambridgeshire dating scene.

I currently fall into the camp of needing to make more of an effort with date days. Saying that, the last year has been a busy one for us. We sold our lovely house in Sheffield, packed up all our things (quite the challenge with a toddler) and relocated to Cambridge. Once we had the keys to our new house we had the challenge of unexpectedly needing to pull up carpets, lay new flooring and have the whole house painted before we could move in. Then of course there’s the whole COVID-19 issue alongside the many lockdowns we’ve all experienced over the last year and a half.

It’s safe to say that dating in the last year and a half has not been easy for anyone. I don’t know about you, but my fiancé and I are always more inclined to order a takeaway and stay at home for a date night. However, it’s not always good enough and if we’re being brutally honest, it’s the lazy option. There’s a high chance our son will wake up and the evening will be disrupted and an even higher chance that one of us will open up a laptop to work on our blogs or browse our phone. So, some dedicated time outside of the house is essential and I’m sure it’s not just us who could benefit from this.

We’ve actually just booked in a date day for a couple of weeks time. My parents will look after our son and we’re going out for a few day drinks and a picnic in Cambridge. Let me get specific, we’re going to go to Clip ‘n Climb and then onto La Latina Bustaurante or Sticks & Sushi to get some delicious food to go and eat on Jesus Green. We’ll also go for a few cocktails because why not! It will be the first time in a very long time that we’ve done this. However, I think it’s really important to have regular date days and take the time to prioritise one-another. I’ll personally be focusing on making date days become a habit throughout the rest of this year.

Perhaps you’re in a different walk of life but have stumbled upon this post. Well, this post is packed full of Cambridgeshire dating ideas that you can apply to your life as a married couple or even as someone who is just getting back out into the world of dating.

The importance of dating your other half

Although it may be obvious why it’s important to carve out date time with your other half it’s something we all need reminding of. It’s way too easy to fall into the wonderful comfort zone of life as a couple, especially when you’re living together and have children. It’s also very easy to take each other for granted and I think that’s something we all have to work hard on avoiding.

As nice as a takeaway and a movie is, it’s good to get out of your home and really make an effort to appreciate each other’s company.

In short, it’s important to fully connect and relax together as a couple. Give each other your full attention, put away the phones, forget about the stresses of work and daily life and really foster that communication.

7 date ideas in Cambridge

There are lots of things to do in Cambridge from wonderful wine bars to punting and exploring the Botanical gardens. Here are 7 date ideas for summer 2021:

Giggling Squid If you’re looking for Thai Cuisine then you have to check out Giggling Squid. They recently landed in Cambridge and are situated in the Old Library on Wheeler Street. This has to be one of the most beaautiffuly decorated buildings around.

Good food and a beautiful location, perfect. 

Address: 2 Wheeler Street, The Old Library, Cambridge CB2 3QB

Clip ‘n Climb – I discovered Clip ‘n Climb the other week and I can’t wait to go. I think this would make for such a fun date followed by a picnic or meal at your favourite restaurant. Clip ‘n Climb is where “climbing meets theme park” they have 20 unique challenges with something for all abilities.

This sounds like the ideal place to go for a perfect combo of fun and exercise.

Address: Clifton Road Industrial Estate, 34, Clifton Rd, Cambridge CB1 7EB

Botanical Gardens – Make the most of the beautiful weather we’ve been having and explore the Cambridge Botanical Gardens. They have over 8,000 plant species from all over the world. They’re situated right in the centre of the city which is a useful location if you plan to go on to the cinema or out for a meal after. I think I’d be taking a picnic into the gardens to make it a truly relaxing occasion.

Address: 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Cambridge Gin Laboratory – The Cambridge Gin Laboratory is “an interactive space in the centre of Cambridge, dedicated to the appreciation of gin” I think it would be really fun to blend your own bottle of gin (guided by their lab experts, of course). Alternatively you could learn how to taste like a professional or learn to mix three gin cocktails which you can continue making for your home dates every week.

Address: 10 Green Street in central Cambridge

Centre for Computing History – If you’re into computers and their history then this is a must-visit! It’s a computer and video game museum that hosts hands-on exhibitions, educational workshops and a wide range of activities and events. They have hands-on interactive displays of computers and game consoles that date back to the early sixties.

Address: Rene Court, Coldham’s Rd, Cambridge CB1 3EW

Jesus Green Lido – I’m yet to visit Jesus Green Lido but I’m intrigued. It’s an outdoor swimming pool situated on Jesus Green, as you’d imagine and is one of the few remaining lidos from the 1920s. This would really make for a fun and alternative date.

Address: Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3AX

Explore Mill Road – I love going to Mill Road to browse the many charity shops, boutiques and delicious foodie places. You could spend the afternoon getting dim sum at the Liutaio Music Cafe (I wrote about them a while back), coffee at 5 Blends Coffee House, picking up one of Tom’s Cakes and of course, stopping for dinner at Scott’s All Day or my personal favourite, Little Petra.

There’s plenty to leisurely explore and it’s just a 10 minute walk from John Lewis in the city centre.

Address: Mill Road, Cambridge