Here are the best ideas for a solo date this Valentine’s Day


With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I’m sure many of us are feeling incredibly single and missing some traditions and celebrations.

Well, I’m here to remind you that you are strong and independent and don’t need to rely on anyone. Whoever said a date had to be something between two people was so wrong, solo dates really are a thing.

Solo dates are basically another way of saying “self-care” and they have many advantages over dates, the biggest one being that you don’t have to waste time on small talk. boring, and another that you can have your headphones on and jam the world with the music you want all the time.

So treat yourself this Valentine’s Day to a solo date by trying one of these fabulous things in Nottingham.

Romanticize your life

If you don’t receive any romantic gestures from someone else, it’s your job to romanticize your life. Grab a book, even if you’re not an avid reader, and go to a nice cafe or a park.

With a nice drink, a nice book and hopefully a nice outfit, you’ll look like Nottingham’s mysterious “it girl”. Even if you can’t read much, it’s still fun to sit and people watch.

If you really don’t want to read, you can also try visiting local museums or art galleries so you can explore some exhibits. You’ll always look creative and mysterious to get major “it girl” vibes.

Cocooning evening

It’s so important to be pampered, to give yourself time to feel like royalty. There are always fabulous deals on Superdrug and Boots or even Tesco; whether you like fruity or floral smells, there will be a variety of scrubs, lotions and masks on hand. Buy yourself a few tunes, go home, listen to your favorite Netflix show and relax.

Focus on you (ni)

Self-love can take the form of organization. Use this time to organize your life. While all the lovers are busy, the campus libraries won’t be. Grab your laptop and plenty of snacks and spend an afternoon in the library getting up to speed with all the lectures you’ve already overlooked this term. Once you’ve caught up on some work, you’ll feel as refreshed as after a pampering evening.

Treat yourself and shop

If you’re lucky enough to have some wiggle room in your student loan, go shopping. Set yourself a budget so you don’t go too crazy, then head out to explore the huge range of shops Nottingham has to offer.

If you’re a big thrifty, try browsing Nottingham’s White Rose chain at a charity shop. If you’re not into fashion and prefer the “stuff” I recommend going to the Victoria Center and exploring the new Japanese store which is opposite a fabulous Danish store. Both are full of wonderful things to please you.

Have a dance party

The worst thing about dating is trying to find someone who shares the same musical tastes as you. It’s your sign to listen to your favorite album from start to finish.

I don’t care if you put on your headphones and take a scenic walk or dance around your bedroom in your underwear, turn up the volume, and sing with your heart out the songs you only listen to when it’s just you.

Cake and a coffee

We all love a good trip to Starbucks, whether you’re a coffee fan or a Frappé fan, their menu has something for everyone. But if you’re looking to treat yourself, I’d recommend finding one of Nottingham’s cute little independent cafes and buying yourself a drink and a piece of cake.

One of the things we all dread around Valentine’s Day is the influx of social media posts. Choosing a cafe like Effy will give you something much more interesting to post on social media, her super aesthetic and cozy pink interior design creates the perfect setting for a quiet coffee date with yourself.

Effy, NG1 7AA

Put on your hat

Going out for a meal is a stereotypical date for Valentine’s Day, so if you’re not one of those people who feels comfortable having a meal alone, then step into your kitchen and whip up something delicious. Honestly, one of the best places to find easy and delicious recipes is TikTok, the videos walk you through the recipe step by step to ensure a perfect dish at the end.

Do some exercise

To hell with Valentine’s Day, summer is fast approaching. Nothing makes you feel better about yourself than good exercise. If you’re a gym bunny, take advantage of this day to hit the gym or go for a run. Put on your favorite matching gym set and make yourself feel fabulous with a mood-boosting workout.

If you still want to exercise but don’t particularly want to see all the gym guys perfecting themselves before their Valentine’s Day plans, then go for a walk around Nottingham and find some of the best vantage points, a long walking will do you as much good as a session in the gym.

Buy flowers

Receiving flowers from someone you love is always nice, but you’ve come this far in the article, so I guess you don’t have someone buying them for you. That’s okay, you can always go to your local supermarket or florist and treat yourself to a bouquet. Spend some time pruning your flowers and arranging them in a vase to put on your windowsill, it will make your room smell nicer and prettier, would definitely recommend.

Disney+ and chill

If you haven’t already, now is the time to make the most of the Disney+ free trial. Spend your day browsing through the variety of shows and movies available on the app. In case you didn’t know, Marvel is available on Disney+ so even if you’re alone, your Valentine’s Day can happen with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland in attendance. If Marvel isn’t your thing and you’re looking to tap into your happier childhood memories, try scrolling through the classics section to find Simba and Cinderella.

To show creativity

Everyone loves a trip to Hobbycraft. If you want to let your creativity run wild, this is the perfect solo date for you. Take your time wandering the aisles and find something fun to do, if you want to release your inner child buy some of their tissue paper and try your hand at papier mache. If you prefer to do something neater, I recommend an embroidery kit or beaded jewelry.

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