Valentine’s Day may be over for another year but that’s no reason why the romance can’t go on with weekend dates and other outings, even if you’re on a budget. Here are some ideas on how to have fun together without breaking the bank.
Films for free
Every weekend up and down the country cinemas put on film screenings for free. They’re usually held a week or two before the film is actually released and they do it to get a positive “buzz” about a film as well as to encourage press coverage.
There’s a handy website which you can sign up to which will alert you when a screening is happening in your area and you’ll be able to apply to get your hands on those free tickets.
It’s also worth looking out for free preview tickets in your daily paper because they often run their own promotions.
In the market for a bargain
Weekends are also a great time to explore all the different kinds of markets that are held in towns and cities all across the country.
There’s everything from car-boot sales where you can pick up some amazing nearly-new bargains to farmer’s markets where you can buy all sorts of delicious foods direct from the people who produce them.
For trendsetters with a retro style, there has also been an explosion in vintage fairs over the last few years. These fairs sell clothing, jewellery and accessories at really amazing prices. One of the biggest of these is thevintagefair.com which organises them everywhere from Bath to York.
A walk on the wild side
Now the weather’s getting warmer it’s the perfect time to put on your walking boots and get out and about. Wherever you live there’s sure to be somewhere nice to walk nearby, whether it’s in a local park or out in the countryside. You don’t have to walk very far to enjoy it, and it’s just good to get out and breathe some fresh air.
Pick up a picnic
Going to a swanky restaurant might not be on the menu but that’s no reason why you can’t dine out in style.
Putting a really delicious picnic together is easy; you can choose to buy some salads, sandwiches and tasty nibbles from the supermarket or make some delicious treats of your own – Asda Recipes has some great picnic ideas. Then all you need is a rug to sit on and some peaceful surroundings and you’ve got a great date! Having a picnic this time of year can sometimes be even nicer than summer picnics as you won’t be bothered by wasps dive-bombing from above!