Whether it’s a celebration to honour your first year as a couple or you’re looking for a unique way to mark your ten-year anniversary, sometimes it can be fun to mix things up and go for a more adventurous option. Ditch the classic meal out or drinks at the bar and instead choose a date that’s guaranteed to provide lasting memories for years to come.
Go on a scenic bike ride
The UK is packed with exceptional locations that are begging to be explored, so what better way to see them to their full potential than on a scenic bike ride together? From the beautiful Lake District to the hidden coves of Cornwall or the picturesque villages of Yorkshire, hop on two wheels to really discover what these areas have to offer. Alternatively, why not take a trip abroad and combine travel with cycling for a truly memorable trip? You could even hire a tandem bike for a more romantic experience.
Hike to a new mountain peak
Hiking up mountains and looking over the sprawling scenery below is a feeling that never gets old, and for adventure-loving couples, it’s one of the best activities you can take part in. Why not pack a bottle of champagne to mark a special occasion and celebrate when you reach the top with a glass of bubbly with your loved one? It’s an achievement to reach the summit and few people will be able to say that they’ve enjoyed a glass of fizz atop some of the highest peaks in any country!
Travel to a new destination
For couples who love to explore new places and get lost in a destination, there’s no better way to celebrate your anniversary than with a trip to somewhere new to the both of you. Why not plan a road trip to hit several locations in one go? It can be a fun way to really get to know a destination, plus you’ll have plenty of opportunities to talk and laugh along the way as you journey to each spot on your itinerary.
Take a dip with watersports
Watersports are ideal if you’re celebrating during the warmer months, and there are so many fun options to try your hand at. From kayaking and paddleboarding to jet skiing, scuba-diving and white water rafting, watersports can be as adrenaline-inducing or laid-back as you want them to be. And if you’ve never tried watersports before, now’s the perfect chance to learn some skills on the water with a lesson. Why not join a surfing lesson, for example, where you and your partner can take to the waters with a qualified instructor to learn the ropes?
Travel up with a hot air balloon ride
Hot air balloon rides strike that perfect balance between the thrill of being so high up and the relaxing views surrounding you below. There are companies all over the world offering this exciting opportunity, so whether you’re overlooking the South Downs, taking in the surreal rock formations of Cappadocia in Turkey or enjoying the views of European cities like Lithuania, you can get the ultimate view of a location from above.
Challenge your partner to an archery competition
Embrace your inner Robin Hood with an archery battle with your significant other and spend the day shooting arrows – a truly addictive experience and one that you’re guaranteed to have fun taking part in. Archery has become even more popular in recent years thanks to films such as The Lord of the Rings and The Avengers making people keen to learn how to hit a target with an arrow and try something new. So why not experience it for yourselves and spend the day mastering this traditional skill? You might even discover a new hobby the two of you can share.
Sign up for a marathon
Nothing will bring you closer than signing up for a crazy challenge like a marathon. Not only will you take part in the race together, but you’ll have weeks of training beforehand to motivate each other and push each other to go that little bit further in preparation for those famous 26.2 miles. It’s the ideal challenge that will have you both feeling incredibly accomplished when you reach the finish line, and you’ll always have the knowledge that you took on this amazing task together.
Take a boat out for the day
You don’t need to be a proficient sailor to hire a boat for the day and take to the waters, but it certainly makes for an adventurous date idea. Smaller boats are typically more affordable and you can pack a picnic for a charming day spent on the water. Extra points if you can head to sunnier climes and take a dip off the side of the boat too.
Sign up for a scavenger hunt
If you and your partner love a competition, a scavenger hunt is the perfect choice. And whether you join one that’s been set up by a professional company or you create your own for one another. It’s a fantastic and unique way to spend a day and celebrate a special anniversary. There are even photo scavenger hunts you can take part in! They usually take a few hours to complete and you’ll follow clues all over the city, working as a team to find the next clue.
No matter how long you’ve been a couple, there are always ways to make your anniversary special without resorting to the usual suspects such as dinner or a trip to the cinema. Surprise your significant other with an adventurous trip or a new experience that you can both enjoy, from sporty activities to travelling somewhere new or taking part in a unique challenge together.